The west side of the Guadalupe Mountains

Last weekend I went to the Guadalupe Mountains National Park. It has been known to be among the top ten least visited national parks. Mostly because it is in a region of the USA that is rarely part of a destination trip for most travelers. I did not go to summit the highest peak in Texas, I went to the see the salt basin dunes. It was a tough hike in triple digit heat, but I maintain that it was worth it

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Dalquest Desert Research Station

This last weekend the Texas Herpetological Society (THS) had a split field trip. Some of the members went to Big Bend Ranch State Park. Other members, including myself, went to Dalquest Desert Research Station (DDRS). The lower age limit is 18 for visitors and researchers using DDRS facilities, this is why the field trip was split, so those who wanted to bring younger THS members could still find a place to gather and look for reptiles and amphibians. What follows are some of the pictures that I took of the landscape, flora and fauna, and my beloved 4runner.

TX-I69, looking at San Jacinto Mountain, 4965 Feet

TX-I69, looking at San Jacinto Mountain, 4965 Feet

TX historical marker Alamito Creek Station My Rig I lost count of the mumber of cattle crossings Jack Rabbits are abundant in West, TX DDRS entrance sign

DDRS field station accomodations and HQ

DDRS field station accommodations and HQ

Ocotillo at sunrise
Ocotillo at sunrise
Alamo de Cesario

Alamo de Cesario

Sceloporus merriami

Sceloporus merriami

Sceloporus merriami

Sceloporus merriami

Sceloporus merriami

Sceloporus merriami

Lithobates berlandieri

Lithobates berlandieri

Aspidoscelis tesselata

Aspidoscelis tesselata

Aspidoscelis tesselata

Aspidoscelis tesselata

Echinocactus bloom

Phrynosoma modestum; female is pale grey, male is rusty orange.

Phrynosoma modestum; female is pale grey, male is rusty orange.

Elevation is roughly 4600 feet looking northward at DDRS field station

Elevation is roughly 4600 feet looking northward at DDRS field station

driving out

driving out

Canyon, name unknown

Canyon, name unknown

Crotaphytus collaris

Crotaphytus collaris

Probably Kinosternon here, but I couldn't find them

Probably Kinosternon here, but I couldn’t find them

I’m not in Australia anymore

This blog is going to change. I now live in Texas, and I want to try to put up more pictures/brief trip reports from the trips I take. The kind of trips I generally take involve activities like camping, paddling, and day hiking. More often than not these activities are necessary to access locations for fishing and hunting trips.

Most recently I checked out a wilderness area in one of the National Forests of East Texas. I was mostly focused on scouting for feral hogs. I did bring my recurve bow and some broadhead tipped arrows. I saw a sounder of hogs on the final day of my trip; I only had one shot opportunity and I missed.

Overall I just enjoyed paddling my Bell Wildfire Canoe through a lowland swamp. Please enjoy the pictures.

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