Big Bend National Park – Day 1

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My sister wanted to do something exciting for her birthday this year and I was like “HELL YEAH!” She is a big fan of rocks and stars so what better idea than to camp at Big Bend National Park in Texas where there is an endless supply of rocks and a sky so vast you can see the Milky Way? My sister is the one with the really bright blue hair and the fantastic ideas and this sounded like her best one yet. This particular park actually measures a level one darkness on the Bortle scale, which is basically a scale for how dark the area is. Level one being pretty damn dark (the darkest in fact). So in the spirit of road tripping we got a group of our friends, packed in a van and drove straight there. The campsite was in Chisos Basin and can I just say the terrain is insane!! We barely have mole hills in Florida, but there were mountains on all sides and plenty of places to explore around the campsite. Day one we went on a few small hikes, soaking in the atmosphere and getting lost. At night the stars came out and just wow!!! If you live in a light polluted area and have never experienced this, let me tell you it is beyond phenomenal especially when the Milky Way rises over the horizon. The gorgeous starry photo above, however, belongs to my friend and awesome photographer Patrick and his site is linked below. If you can believe it, the next day is even more action packed with us all deciding we can take on climbing a mountain…

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Patrick’s website: http://www.photopatt.com/

 

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