After getting lost in the desert, Lady Rainicorn and I decided to just enjoy the Santa Elena Canyon view rather than do the #hike
in 100+ degree weather.
Aermotor no more. The Sam Nail Homestead on the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive, Big Bend National Park. That's a Pecan tree in the second photo. Sam and his brother arrived in the Big Bend in 1908, moved around before settling on this place in 1916. They dug a well and created an oasis to compliment their ranching operations. It is startling to walk the short trail and sit on a park bench in a shady ravine, surrounded by pecans and figs, watered by a second NPS installed mill. Surprised a New Age entrepreneur from Marfa isn't doing impromptu crystal sessions there. The depression and an extended drought persuaded the Nails to sell to the government. After acquiring the property, the NPS dismantled much of his ranch and all that structurally remains is the Adobe wall. There must have been extensive internal discussions in the 40s and 50s about preserving ranches, since the Homer Wilson ranch and the Cartridge cotton farming at Castolon were not leveled. If overwhelmed by the desert heat, no better, more tranquil spot than the bench in the shade of a pecan. #samnail #samnailranchwalk #bigbendnationalpark #bigbend #bigbendnps #adobe #ruins #oasis #rossmaxwellscenicdrive #aeromotor #windmill #irrigation #homestead #settlers #ranching #figs #pecan #tranquil #conservation #homerwilson #visitbigbend #txwindmills
Lady Rainicorn is ready for a scenic drive! 🚙
Look at the full majestic scene on my grid...
That’s piles of ashes, y’all. Very old volcanic ashes!
This here is sotol—it’s been used by natives to ferment/ distill into a drink, eat and use the fibers to weave into baskets, etc.
An up close of my favorite Chihuahuan desert plant, Ocotillo! Swipe 👉 to see it in all its glory!
We stopped off the scenic drive to check out the old Sam Nail Ranch that is a sort of oasis in the desert with remnants of an adobe home, 2 windmills, an old pecan tree and grove of Texas persimmon.
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2 out of 2 with our big bend videos. This was our 2nd day in the area. We enjoyed an amazing breakfast, drove down Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive, & completed two hikes: Santa Elena Canyon Trail & The Window Trail. Jamie also taught Maiyah how to skip rocks and I can’t believe I caught it on video! Everything about this getaway was everything we needed ❤️
Epic photo with Deadpool and the beauty of nature! This is one of my favorite pictures that I took while vacationing at Big Bend National Park during Spring Break 2018. My four-wheel drive truck was very beneficial on this trip.