At some point in my mid-30s, I realized I have never seen a jaw-dropping night sky. Naturally, I googled “best night sky” and up pops hundreds of images of the Milky Way and vivid black skies filled with bright, beautiful stars. “Son of a bitch,” said the jealous, insecure part of me that always feels like I’m not doing or seeing enough of life.
Have I lived my whole life under a mediocre sky filled with specks of low-rent stars? “Yes.” responded the Internet. “Duh,” chimed in Pinterest.
I thought for sure I’d see some celestial skys in Desert Hot Springs. Nope. I traveled the west coast in search of stars and returned to Washington, DC in the same starless state as I left.
Well, it’s time for a change. Enter: BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK, TEXAS. Take it away, Wikipedia!
In 2012, the park was named as an international dark-sky park by the International Dark-Sky Association, which recognized the park as one of only ten places in the world certified for dark-sky stargazing. In addition, the association recognized the park as having the darkest measured skies in the lower 48 United States. On many nights, park visitors can look up to the night’s sky to see thousands of stars, bright planets, and the clear outline of the Milky Way band. Astronomers, both professional and amateur, are seen on many moonless nights gazing up at the stars through portable telescopes.
THE STARS AT NIGHT, ARE BIG AND BRIGHT…..
Hello, wall? The answer was here all along. This will be my first visit to Texas. I always thought I’d end up taking a trip Austin, but since most of my vacations revolve around guilty pleasures, this next one will find me getting in touch with nature.
And what kind of person would I be if a rugged adventure like being outdoorsy and getting exercise went un-acknowledged? No, I am an American, and I WILL go to the spa. I believe in supporting local businesses, and a wellness clinic of any type deserves consumerism.
Interesting: Here is Big Bend on the Map of Texas . (Courtesy of http://www.nps.gov)
Big Ben National Park borders Mexico for 118 miles and is separated by the Rio Grande. It’s not uncommon for tourists to cross over to visit the village of Boquillas, MX. The Rio Grand is all that stands between. You heard that right. Mexican cuisine is gonna be amazing.
It’s been a long winter. The temperature has been so cold that some of the politicians around here have their hands in their own pockets.
Im dreaming of California days like……. This perfectly overcast evening on the drive from LA to San Diego. It was great in CA.
Im cold, tired and looking forward to being someplace warm. Big Bend will be all about enjoying natural beauty. I probably won’t camp, (cmon now) but I will hike, and luxuriate.