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The two RV Gypsies
at Guadalupe Mountains National Park
in Texas
October 9, 2012

USA map showing where the state of Texas is locatedState of Texas map showing where Guadalupe Mountains National Park is located

While driving on TX-54 through Fort Hancock, Texas, the speed limit was 80 mph. More importantly, both of the two RV Gypsies' cell phones, with AT&T coverage sent a text message to them saying "welcome abroad - international roaming charges may apply". Listen up, AT&T - Texas is still in the USA.

Welcome to Texas sign
sign: speed limit 80 mph
Texas star monument

The two RV Gypsies arrived at the campground - their new home for the day. The park was full of oil workers. The internet was very slow. This is not the same RV park they stayed at in 2009.

Van Horn, Texas KOA weather station
Lee Duquette by the KOA office

The view from the dining room window of the two RV Gypsies' RV.

The view from the dining room window of the two RV Gypsies' RV
The view from the dining room window of the two RV Gypsies' RV
the RV of the two RV Gypsies at KOA
the RV of the two RV Gypsies at KOA

The view leaving the campground

The view leaving the campground

Approaching Guadalupe Mountains National Park, the two RV Gypsies got their first look at El Capitán:

El Capitán is a peak in Culberson County, Texas, USA, within Guadalupe Mountains National Park. It is the eighth-highest peak in Texas, and rises abruptly out of the Chihuahuan Desert floor; it is considered the "signature peak" of West Texas.

El Capitán is the southern terminus of the Guadalupe escarpment, an ancient limestone reef that forms the present-day Guadalupe Mountains. El Capitán is guarded by cliffs on three sides, and those faces are rarely climbed due to the unstable condition of the rock and the sheer nature of the peak. Hikers can scramble up to the summit by first climbing to near the summit of Guadalupe Peak and scrambling down to the south to the Guadalupe Peak-El Capitán saddle, then up the backside of El Capitán A permit is required as there is no trail from Guadalupe Peak to El Capitán

Used as a signal peak for hundreds of years by travelers in the area, its sheer face is visible when approaching the Headquarters Visitor Center at Guadalupe Mountains National Park from both the south and the northeast.

Karen Duquette by El Capitain in Texas

Elevation of El Capitán: 8,085 feet of Limestone Rock

The two RV Gypsies by El Capitain in Texas
Karen Duquette by El Capitain in Texas

The summit of El Captain

The summit of El Capitain

The two RV Gypsies continued their drive to Guadalupe Mountains National Park.

the road to Guadalupe Mountains National Park
sign: 40 years at the Top of Texas
sign: Guadalupe Mountains National Park

When the two RV Gypsies were at Guadalupe Mountains National Park in 2009, they hiked the mountain all the way to Guadalupe Peak, which is near the summit (the highest you can go without a permit). But they never want to hike anything that strenuous again. So this time, the two RV Gypsies thought they would take a look at McKittrick Canyon. However, when they found out that this was a 6.8 miles round-trip, they decided not to hike at all. But they did take some nice photos of the trailhead.

sign: McKittrick Canyon
sign: McKittrick Canyon at Guadalupe Mountains NP
sign about McKittrick Canyon
Approaching Guadalupe Mountains National Park, the two RV Gypsies get their first look at El Capitán:
the trailhead at McKittrick Canyon
the trailhead at McKittrick Canyon
the trailhead at McKittrick Canyon
the trailhead at McKittrick Canyon
the two RV Gypsies at McKittrick Canyon
Karen Duquette at McKittrick Canyon

An airplane flew overhead and then the sun reflected fire-like beauty in the airplane's exhaust.

airplane magic
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