Big Bend DAY 3
1. There was a bear.
2. We didn’t see it.
Instead, we heard something that was just as unsettling as a bear. In the night, we heard a man tromping along the side trail singing very loudly. He was singing like he wanted to be heard from as far away as possible and like he was running out of things to sing.
“I think that’s ‘West Virginia’,” Asha whispered as we listened quietly from inside the tent.
It did freak us both out. Then I realized what was happening. This is what they say to do at the ranger station if you see a bear. Be big, wave your arms, and make a lot of noise. I can see how it works. If I were a bear, I would stay as far away from that crazy guy as possible. Since he passed right by our camp, I’m almost certain this was the same ranger that stopped by to check on our campsite registration. Thanks, Ranger. Or random crazy guy.
Also, we agreed not to get up to pee again until morning.
This was a good opportunity to talk about and practice controlling our thoughts and recognizing the ones that are useful for survival and the ones that only perpetuate fear.
The morning was lovely.
We brushed our teeth to the grandest mountain meadow view and took our time getting packed up. The most difficult trek was past us, although we still had another steady ascent to get to the rim.
By noon, we reached the famous Southwest Rim. This title refers to a specific ridge along the southwest edge of the trail that is extremely popular in hiking and backpacking magazines. It really is an incredible view. Breathtaking.
The entire ridge is also fantastic. We kept going and followed it up along to the Northwest Rim, where our next campsite was. Ranger Bob definitely hooked us up with a prime spot. Our tent was just fifty feet from our own personal grandiose view of Big Bend.
We set up camp by 3, napped till 4, ate dinner and strolled to the rim for sunset.
(Before anyone freaks out about the ledge video, we are several feet away and safe, the camera makes it look much closer.) #iamresponsible with @ashamakesart 😎 - 2 hours ago