Why You Should Visit Terlingua, Texas Terlingua is probably the most underrated town in West Texas. The self-proclaimed “ghost town” is nestled between Big Bend National Park and Big Bend State Park, well removed from society. The closest town of any decent size is Presidio (pop. 4,426), nearly a two-hour drive away, meaning residents, Read More

Hiking Big Bend’s Highest Mountain: Emory Peak Emory Peak is the highest mountain in Big Bend’s Chisos Mountains at 7825′ (2385M). The peak is named after William Emory, chief surveyor of the 1852 U.S. Boundary Survey team. Emory Peak, Big Bend National Park From the Chisos Mountains Parking lot, it is approximately 3.5 miles (5.6, Read More

Chisos Mountains Big Bend

Backcountry Camping in Big Bend National Park • The Chisos Mountains As soon as Sara took a job in Odessa, Texas, we looked at a map to identify the nearest places to hike and camp. The only National Parks within driving distance of West Texas were Guadalupe, Carlsbad Caverns, and Big Bend. Over the, Read More

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Driving from Calgary to Inuvik on the Dempster Highway In August 2011, I went on an epic road trip up the 740km (460 mile) Dempster Highway with my uncle and cousin. Our total road trip distance was over 7500km long. We started in Calgary, Alberta and made stops in British Columbia (BC), Alaska, Yukon, and the, Read More

Palo Duro Canyon

Palo Duro • The Grand Canyon of Texas Palo Duro Canyon is the second largest canyon in the US gaining it the nickname as “the Grand Canyon of Texas”. It is believed early Spanish explorers discovered the canyon and named it “Palo Duro” or “Hard Wood” in reference to the large number of juniper trees growing in the, Read More

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I visited Zambia back in August 2007 on a Drifters “Southern Circle” overland tour. We drove from Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe through Southern Zambia and the Lower Zambezi valley to Kafue, where we camped for the night. Our mission was a three day canoe trip down the Zambezi River which ended up as a fun but difficult failure., Read More

White Sands New Mexico

White Sand Dunes in New Mexico White Sands National Monument is the world’s largest gypsum dunefield making it a unique and beautiful natural wonder. Although I had never heard about White Sands before my girlfriend moved to Odessa, Texas, once I saw photos of the area I knew we had to plan a visit.

Roswell UFO Crash Roswell is best known for being the alleged crash-site of a UFO in 1947 and, nearly 70 years later, the question of whether a UFO crashed in Roswell or not still greatly influences this quirky town of 50,000. For those not familiar with the Roswell UFO incident, the story began when a rancher discovered, Read More

Guadalupe Mountains National Park Guadalupe Mountains National Park was established as a National Park on September 30, 1972. Guadalupe National Park is the world’s premier example of a fossil reef from the Permian Era and is one of the few protected areas surrounding the huge Permian Basin oilfields of West Texas making it an interesting place, Read More