Showing posts from November, 2013

Dealey Plaza & 6th Floor Museum

Location: Dallas, Texas
Dates: November 29-30, 2013

Dealey Plaza was the location of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963. The adjacent Book Depository building was the location from which Lee Harvey Oswald fired the shots on the sixth floor.

Today the building is the home of the Sixth Floor Museum, which is a museum dedicated to JFK and the assassination. The majority of the museum occupies the sixth floor of the building (no photography allowed in it, including out the windows), although there a a couple exhibits on the seventh floor, where photography is allowed. From the sixth floor you can look out windows over Dealey Plaza, but the actual window that the shots were fired from is blocked off by a glass wall. Museum tickets can be reserved for specific times as they only let a certain number of people into the museum at once, and there was always a line outside of the building on both days I was in the area.

Dealey Plaza itself remains in largely the…

McKittrick Canyon 2013

Distance: ~5 miles to the notch
Location: Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas
Date: November 2, 2013

As I said in last year's post, McKittrick Canyon is often regarded as the most beautiful place in Texas, especially in fall. So I once again hiked up McKittrick Canyon past the Grotto the the notch during the first weekend of October. What changed this year? Well, the park experienced extreme flooding during September, so parts of the trail had to be reconstructed, and the effects of the flooding were visible elsewhere along the trail as well. But while the foliage was great once again, it wasn't at its peak this year. There were several trees in the canyon that were completely green and many others that just started changing, so perhaps the following weekend would have been better to visit in terms of foliage colors.

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El Capitan Trail, Guadalupe Mountains

Distance: 2 miles (where I stopped)
Location: Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas
Date: November 1, 2013

The El Capitan Trail is a trail in Guadalupe Mountains National Park that traverses through the Chihuahuan Desert below Guadalupe Peak and El Capitan for a total of 9.4 miles from the Pine Spring trailhead to William Ranch Road.

I arrived in the park, set up camp, and began hiking on the trail around 3:00 pm, so I hiked about two miles out the trail from Pine Spring and made the return two mile trip by 4:15. This trail is very lightly used, and the section I hiked has a very gradual grade and passes mostly through grasses below the mountains above. These two miles of the trail have some views of Hunter Peak and El Capitan, but otherwise it has views that can be had along the U.S. route 62/180.

The trail did cross two washes that had just experienced extreme flooding in September and showed dramatic recent erosion.

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