On the way to Hueco Tanks we decided an extra day of rest would probably do us some good. Our fingertips certainly needed the time to grow some new skin. We took a leisurely 3 days to make the trip. During the drive through Oklahoma I got overly excited about all the flat land. I snapped a whole whack of pictures while Kristal was driving. Here are a few...
We spent a day at Palo Duro Canyon State Park, which was a bit over half way to Hueco, and did some approach training (aka hiking). It's the second largest canyon in the States (next to the Grand Canyon of course). Here's the view of the canyon from the midpoint of the trail we hiked.
We also spied a few boulders in the canyon and couldn't resist checking them out. The rock is definitely not great. It's pretty brittle, but it was still fun to scramble up a few easy problems.
Day 3 was another full day of driving through Texas and a bit of New Mexico. A lot of oil country...
At one point there was a stretch of road 130 miles long with nothing. At all. Well, except for this big mountain, which looked pretty awesome. Too bad it's in the middle of nowhere.
We managed to make it to Hueco before the sun set. Here's the view from out tent at the Hueco Rock Ranch.
After 3 full days of rest we were pretty psyched to get on the rock again. More to come.