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Guadalupe Peak - April 13, 2009

Spectacular views from Guadalupe Peak, with a summit of 8,749 feet - the highest peak in Texas. The two RV Gypsies hiked this strenuous 8.4 mile round trip trail. The trip up was difficult and the trip down killed their knees. Especially since Karen did not wear her knee brace and they did not have hiking sticks. OMG! Such aching knees.

 
A few motion pictures were also taken that will really show the wild conditions on this hike. They can be found by using the TOC button above.
Guadalupe Mountains National Park sign
Guadalupe Mountains National Park sign
Guadalupe Peak Trail sign
Be Aware of Mountain Lions sign
The crazy RV Gypsies began their insane hike
the beginning of the hike
Lee was smiling at the beginning of the hike. Will he still smile at the end of the hike?
Lee Duquette smiling
No Lee, you cannot hide
and must hike some more.
See the car way below in the photo? That is where the hike began and this isn't even the half-way point
laughing clipart dudeLee Duquette hiding behind a big rock
Karen Duquette
The trail went on and on and seemed like it would never end. It is called a switch-back because the trail switches back and forth over itself (it zig-zags all the way up the mountain peak).
switch-back trail
Guadalupe Mountain
A bird flying many miles above Lee's head - see the small black dot in the photo below and the distance to the bottom of the mountain.
bird flying
the view down from Guadalupe Mountain
Lee zoomed in to photograph the RV's down below. Look hard to see the top of the two RV Gypsies' orange HHR toad - known as MOB - "My Orange Baby"
the two RV Gypsies' orange HHR toad
the two RV Gypsies' orange HHR toad
A close-up of a vicarious rock. Lee wondered if that rock would ever fall.
A close-up of a vicarious rock
Lee by the vicarious rock
The two RV Gypsies were still smiling as they took a brief rest, they thought they might be at the 1/2 way point.
Lee Duquette resting
Karen Duquette resting
The trail often bordered a very steep drop down, as shown in the photos below.
Guadalupe Mountain trail
Guadalupe Mountain trail
Guadalupe Mountain trail
Lee on the Guadalupe Mountain trail
Lee on the Guadalupe Mountain trail
Guadalupe Mountain view
Lee hung on to the side of the cliff as the trail went higher and higher. At times he turned around to check that Karen was OK and did not fall off the side of the mountain.
Lee hanging on as he goes higher
Lee checking on Karen
Lee looked down over the cliff and said, "This is nuts at our age." (But they were still new at being RV Gypsies and as the years went by, they did even nuttier things.)
looking over the cliff
Lee Duquette
the hiking trail
the hiking trail

Lee - almost at the top of the trail - but the two RV Gypsies still had to go back down the mountain. It was not an easy hike, and they were very happy when they eventually made it back to the parking lot.

the hiking trail and Lee Duquette
location in TexasThe two RV Gypsies
in Texas
April 2009

Note: These photos are divided into five sections in order to allow photos to load more quickly on each page and therefore be more pleasurable to viewers. So please visit each of the five sections below for the drought in San Angelo, the reservoir, prairie dogs, long-eared jackrabbit, road-runner bird, Ozona and more. You may view these sections in any order you choose. there is also a link to New Mexico below.

O.C. Fisher Reservoir

San Angelo State Park
& wildlife
Van Horn
Ozona

Spectacular views from Guadalupe Peak,
the highest peak in Texas

look below
go to the next adventure of the Two RV GypsiesAFTER you have visited ALL 5 of the above menus, continue on to Las Cruces, New Mexico and more