We spent our first full day in the Park driving around. There are a lot of places you can get to by car and the Park Ranger had recommended a couple of interesting mini-hikes and drives. We started at Dugout Wells. There was water in the area and two successful wells had been dug at one point. One windmill was still operating. You can always tell where there is water because the cottonwood trees grow big!
You always here about early settlers living in log cabins, but in reality many people who came to Texas lived in dugouts which were basically holes in the ground or in the side of a clifff. There just wasn’t enough wood around to build a log cabin.
We took the nature trail around Dugout Wells and saw all the different kinds of cactus. This one in particular is near and dear to our hearts. It doesn’t look like it, but it is actually covered in very small prickers. Alan and I both ended up stuck with them at one point or another during our time in Big Bend.