Remember when I said we planned on doing some backcountry RV camping in Big Bend National Park? Well, let’s play a little game of Where’s Cricket? Check out this picture and see if you can spot our RV campsite:

Need a closeup?

There she is! Pretty remote, right?

Big Bend offers a ton of backcountry camping permits for tent campers, and even have quite a few options for smaller rigs than ours. However, since we are a lengthy (though svelte) 36′, only a few options were available.  The spot we ended up with is actually meant for campers bringing in horses, so we were set up next to a horse corral.

The park charges a $10 fee for the backcountry permits, but that permit is good for two weeks! We’re perfectly self-contained – food, water, plumbing, electricity – so it’s nice for us to get away from any sort of crowded campground. We quickly set up camp and settled in – hikes, board games, reading, and cooking.

Spiky plants were all over the place. Look at the thorns on this guy!

The landscape for most of the park is dry and brittle, but we were promised sightings of javelinas! These animals look similar to pigs and supposedly run all throughout New Mexico and Texas.

We had absolutely zero luck spotting javelinas. On our one quick sighting, a group of the animals were grazing right off the side of the road.

Of course,I screamed for Cory to turn around so I could snap a picture, but allegedly that whole 36′ RV thing makes it hard to flip a U-turn on a two lane road. I’m not buying it.

He promised loads and loads of javelinas once we arrived in Big Bend, and we continued on, javelina-photo-less.

Not that it’s now a point of contention between us, or anything….

Best parts of camping in the middle of nowhere? (Well, the middle of an 801,163 acre park.) The sky. Watching the sunset each night was phenomenal.

Oh, I can’t see the full sunset because of a little ridge? Let me just climb up the RV to get a better shot…

Gorgeous! Hi, Cory!

A few more sunset photos in the slideshow!

xo,

Lindsay

Lone Ranger

Lone Ranger

where's Cricket?

where's Cricket?

There she is!

There she is!

Pretty plants in the desert

Pretty plants in the desert

But spiky!

But spiky!

Lone Ranger II

Lone Ranger II

Moonrise over Big Bend

Moonrise over Big Bend

Low view

Low view

High view

High view

Golden clouds

Golden clouds

Cowboy

Cowboy

We made sure to! :)

We made sure to! :)

Lone Rangerwhere's Cricket?There she is!Pretty plants in the desertBut spiky!Lone Ranger IIMoonrise over Big BendLow viewHigh viewGolden cloudsCowboyWe made sure to! :)
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