Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Journey to Big Bend, TX

     After taking care of some mission business in Odessa and Midland, we had the opportunity to head south, explore and enjoy the Big Bend area of Texas.  We went to Fort Stockton, Texas.  Spent the night with Elder and Sister Shurtz.  Wonderful couple.  Then the next morning, we headed to the Sonora Caverns.  The Shurtz' and two of our Ft. Stockton missionaries, Elder Martinez and Elder Costley,  also joined us.  Two other Senior missionaries, Elder and Sister Fields (serving in San Angelo, TX) met us at the caverns and we had a great time exploring the caves together. 
     At the end of the day, we went back to Fort Stockton and the Shurtz' took us on a tour of the historic town.  It was originally a cavalry fort.  Then it became a military base years later.  Now it is a regular town - no more military.
     The next day, we headed down to the Big Bend.  With the Rio Grand River forming the border between the United States and Mexico.  There are many, many hiking trails there.  We chose not to hike but instead had a wonderful dinner at the Chisos Lodge and then enjoyed Rootbeer Floats on the lodge patio as we watched the sun set.  We spent the night there - being entertained by a few wild animals.
     After another day at the Big Bend, we headed back home to Lubbock.  Sooooo relaxing and soooo enjoyable.  Beautiful.  Many areas reminded me of home...  UTAH!

 We had a wonderful time.  Worth the long, long, long, long, long drive.

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