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First visit to Big Bend and I have been blown away. Day 1 we planned to do the Window but there was an open spot at Lost Mine so we did that. Simply amazing. Perfect weather for a hike, 70 degrees. We even saw 2 black bears.77449340b80c0f8ad8696c0c4799642d.jpg01c985eb6c68b373a99b22dc6260e7ce.jpg4dba71c6b38fddd4c489f4693bee841a.jpgcb790855f111d6bb3ce0168c227e71a6.jpg353a543306f5086c583fec3aa9340ea5.jpgcb3f0ccaca67fb1cbdfe62c6f8af1bb5.jpgd31445e95be0ba7a5e59667fbbd0d160.jpgdf397260a96a08b1f36c910776e1ad3c.jpg

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Day 2 we rafted Santa Elena Canyon, via Big Bend River Tours. We had a beast at the helm. The water was low so Jared rowed nearly the entire day, 21 miles. 17ed522ce2be64c6c871cc51a2580b22.jpg0ed9fdb382f8c9990c2ecc5175094b19.jpg56814138997c70d6dbf68822b27604b1.jpg106d9c447c9821a3fc2e712ba4232ab5.jpg0fb71a550b3911e0bb968fde34fb91b0.jpgfb78540a58795b82985cdaea05a90985.jpg6cd517463b3577be4bf950dc562906ed.jpg17ed522ce2be64c6c871cc51a2580b22.jpgb7cd15bfd18bac92f8562be7374bcc89.jpgc7f326f9230ef12a9f5330244163e99f.jpg

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Hiked the Window today. Gorgeous! I think we liked the Lost Mine better bit this was nice. The weather was overcast and sprinkled some and even drizzled at the end. I love the Lost Mine hike ends all downhill. The Window is all uphill. We walked at pace since the weather was threatening.
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Last stop was the hot springs, maybe a bit underwhelming, maybe because it was crowded but we got in and worked our way to a great spot. Ended up being pretty cool with the river right there and the hot springs on the other. The Rio G was crazy cold but it was cool seeing so many jump in and hang then get back in the hot springs. Someone recorded the temp in the spring at 104. It didn’t feel that hot to this wimp. This was a far #3 on our list of what we did. We had 2 great nights of stars and 1 with overcast. The consensus was the highlight was rafting the Canyon, followed by the Lost Mine hike, then the Window. However, I had a hard time picking between the 2 hikes. I like them both, just different
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@dlatin great photos. The end of the Lost Mine trail is one of the single coolest points in Big Bend. To experience that on your first day must have been awesome.

 

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