Since Zak had been such a good sport about coming on our spring break road trip, I decided to only make him get up to catch one sunrise. We chose Santa Elena Canyon for that honor, figuring we could then spend the rest of the day meandering gradually eastward through the rest of Big Bend National Park.
'70s blacklight poster.
Rio Grande down below us and the Chisos Mountains far off in the distance.
blending two exposures together for this composite image -- my first time applying that technique. I wish the saturation was a little better, and the western wall still not quite so bright. I'll definitely be practicing this more.
The trail is a very manageable 1.7 miles roundtrip. Your heart only gets pumping on a brief but steep ascent up the canyon wall. But it's completely worth it to get in deep enough to where it's just you, the water and the cliffs. A fantastic start to the day!