Astral Nomads

One man, one woman, one rabbit......traveling with the stars.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Anyone for more Big Bend?

Here's some more Big Bend visuals. I'll try to keep the comments to a minimum so y'all can enjoy the show!

The sun also rises through the mesquite thickets that surrounded our
campsite and it's another day of wonder.

Some of the birds here are ones that we're familiar with but
we also saw some species very particular to this area.

Here's a roadrunner. These birds are members of the cuckoo family
and they prefer to run. They can fly a little but you don't see them
flying around. Occasionally, you'll see one perched low in a bush but
mostly they just run. They hunt snakes and ground insects. I had never
seen one of these before except in the cartoons. 

Sure I COULD climb it, but do I really want to?

Woh, down in Mexico, I never really been so I don't really know.
And oh, Mexico, I guess I'll have to go.
Woh, Mexico, I never really been so I don't really know.*

In the Visitor Center parking lot: I'm guessing it's a little lesson
on being careful when jumping a car battery. Nothing flammable
remained. Just hot steel in the hot sun.

Summertime and the livin's easy. Forget 'what day is it?' What month is it?

What time is it? Coyote O'clock. These guys would just trot
through the campground pretending to ignore you. But you knew
and they knew you knew.

Camp Cuisine: Pecan Smoked Sausage fried in the skillet
with Onions, Apples, and Garlic. Side of whole wheat bread and
a spot of spicy mustard on the side. That's good eatin' right there.

Hiking through the desert.

The desert is full of prickly things. It's good to have a
pair of tweezers handy.

Almost time for bed.

More to come. Stay tuned.

*Mexico, James Taylor


  1. Oh, I can feel that wonderful heat on my poor, frost-bitten Canadian skin!

  2. Mmmm, I sooooo love the desert. Looks really lovely there.

  3. @Debra: Spring, come she will.

    @Sandra: Wait, there's a lot more coming.

  4. aMAZing photos and storytelling. bravo.

  5. Wow. You two are living out my fantasy. Very nice pictures too :)

  6. Envious greetings and well-wishes from reddit. Remember to check your tire pressures.

  7. What amazing pictures :)

    Not to mention a great story behind them. You guys are living the dream!

  8. Awesome sight! Great info. We are looking at becoming full-time RV'rs when we retire. Can't wait. Keep living the dream!

  9. It has been too long since I have been in that area. Great pictures bring back some great memories. Good for my snowbound bones. Cheers!!

  10. Wonderful, I admire your courage

  11. Wow!! Great Pictures and text per usual... I see California in your near future:)

  12. Amazing pics, I can't wait to see where you guys go next!

  13. We loved Big bend (especially the hot springs) when we came to Texas, but the US takes so long to move between landscapes!

    Last year we set out in our own little VW, a little older than yours and drove around the outside of Europe.

    You should try to make the trip over the water - we don't quite have the camera skills to do it justice :)

  14. Looks like a grand adventure!! :D

  15. Epic trip!

    This gives me some ideas for my upcoming honeymoon.

  16. Have you seen any snakes, and do you worry about them when hiking?

  17. Awesome photos, keep it up! :)

  18. Very interesting!

  19. Love all the nice pics!

  20. I'd love one day make a trip like yours

  21. I think what you are doing is amazing! I hope I will someday look back on my life and be able to say that I loved and enjoyed life as much as you all do! Lots of love and keep on posting!

  22. Do you have room for one more in the van?

  23. I can only wish to be there

  24. Wonderful, I hope some day to do what you two are doing.


  25. Looks like an awesome trip. I would love to know about that van... how much does something like that cost? can you buy something like that already or is it custom?


  26. This looks awesome. I am jealous. I want to do a big bike trip this summer across a few states - this looks a little more my speed though.

  27. In your cases, the juice is worth the squeeze. Thank you for your blog, and keep it up. always. nothing is better than to capture moments.

  28. Looks like you are having a wonderful time. I wish you loads of fun!

  29. You guys are awesome. I'm 26, and my dream home for retirement is a van. Keep on keepin on.

  30. Reddit referral. Looks like you guys are living the life. Soak it up. Hope the gasoline prices aren't hitting you too hard.

  31. Reddit's Hive Mind has blessed you. Peace, Love & Meatballs!

  32. I am totally impressed on so many levels I can't even tell you. It is so great that you are doing this AND showing the world the beauty of nature. Your photography is absolutely beautiful. It must be even more awesome to see it in person. Thank you for sharing.

  33. @Great Scot: Thanks man.

    @Becky, Will, and Jules: Yeah, there's some big distances out here. We're already talking Europe so we'll see. Thanks for the peep.

    @Jennifer: Clairvoyant, eh?

    @Mark: Love to have a wooden nickel for every time we been asked.

    @Petra: Yeah, we're livin' large in nature. Thanks.

    @Tavlor: Never lose you dream. You can do it.

    @Jeffrey Green: 3.79 a gallon today. yikes!

    @Josh*Eww*Wuh: gotta love the reddit community.

    @Bobby P: Thanks. All photo credits to Astral Wendy. She has a separate photo blog too. Link off the main page.

    @Anonymous: REDDIT RULES! The positive vibes are thrilling. We started this blog for friends and family to keep track of us and we usually get 40-60 hits a day. Yesterday, 20.000! P.S. steal the content at will. We don't believe in copyright.