Banditos, flash flooding and the Closed Canyon

The next stop on our itenerary was the Barton Warnock nature center.  However, we discovered it was closed. (As Gomer Pile would say, Surprise, surprise, surprise)

We proceeded to try Ken Burns again – nope. – out sick!

So we drove to what turned out to be one of my favorite hikes so far – the Closed Canyon Trail.  A fitting name given our difficulties in attractions being open.  However, luckily for us the name was closed, but the trail was open.

The sun was setting fast.  We were given vague instructions not to talk to any one we might meet along the way.  This gave the descent a small eerie twinge, but didn’t slow us down much.  Close canyon is a trail within Big Bend State Park.  We reached the entrance to the canyon quickly and began exploring deeper and deeper within.

The sun rapidly disappearing and there was a very cool breeze blowing through the narrow canyon walls. It was obvious that this canyon had been cut through 1000 feet of rock by a super strong water force. This water wasnt on the surface today, but the thought of a flash flood added to the excitement of the hike.  A flash flood would easily have carried a group of 20 geology students out of e canyon much quicker than we could ever run.

We continued on further and further until someone shouted that we had to turn back. I really didn’t want to stop exploring, but it was getting darker and with flash floods and banditos fresh in mind – I heeded the call.