Guess what, we have moved again. This time we are in Texas, about 35 miles east of El Paso in a State Historical Park called Hueco Tanks. Very interesting and historical area. About 2/3 of the park is closed to any access except with a park guide as there are over 3000 paintings that depict religious masks, caricature faces, complex geometric designs, dancing figures, people with elaborate headdresses, birds, jaguars, deer and symbols that date back to 8000 BC.
This is the main entrance into the park and just a small portion of the rock formation out in the middle of nothing but flat lands. The rocks are full of caves and places to get in out of the weather. It's more like huge rocks piled on top one another with spaces to crawl into a larger open area. Or just huge overhangs that was used as camps.
Some of these areas have very large cracks in the rocks that will fill with rain water and could be used for months. It is assumed that some of them have never gone dry.
We never miss a chance to got some pictures of the wild cactus. Spring is just starting down here also and the leaves are starting out on the trees.
Late in the walk he took us to Comanche Cave which included quite a bit of climbing on the rock. Jackie didn't make it as far as the cave, but Dick did. This is one of the areas that has a very large area that holds water and it can still be used. You have to crawl way back into a tight space with a bucket to get too it. Someone had written on the ceiling in large letters back in the 1800s "Watter Hear". I guess he was trying to tell the next person who found this place that there was water here.
The Ranger offered to show us and another couple where "Cave Kiva" was. It is very difficult to get to and if you look close you can see the arrow where it is at. Except you have to go a long way around to get to it. He took us all the way up there and then had to get back to work.
You can just see Jackie crawling under the rock to get into the cavern.
On the way down we had to be careful not to be eaten by the alligator, so we gave it a wide birth.
This one I think you will have to click on to see the arrow of the truck where we started this climb. We had a great hike and a good day and it was nice to meet Kent & Sharon Hoover. We wish them safe travels and hope to meet up with them at our next stop, Carlsbad Caverns New Mexico.