Fun Photo Friday — David Williams at Hueco Tanks 1


 

Bench and Boulder

Bench and Boulder

This Fun Photo Friday and next I’ll be presenting to you some of my favorite shots from this outing with David Williams to Hueco Tanks.  Here is today’s photo album:

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David Williams Tour Part 8 — Hueco Tanks Continued


Hueco Tanks Wetland

Hueco Tanks Wetland

Hueco Tanks State Historical Park holds an incredibly diverse set of attractions.  Divided into four distinct “mountains” — North Mountain, East Mountain, West Mountain, and East Spur — only the North Mountain has unrestricted, unguided access.  There is however a trail that skirts the northern edge of East Mountain that also grants limited unguided access, but not to the mountain itself.

Hueco Tanks Trees

Hueco Tanks Trees

One of the attractions in the Hueco Tanks park is it’s wetland, a oasis of accumulated rainwater surrounded by the high desert.  In this oasis you will find lush, green pasture and some excellent birding opportunities, with 200 species of bird quenching their thirst here and 44 species using this area as a breeding ground.  The wetland contained here also holds enough moisture to support seven distinct amphibian species — six types of toad and one species of salamander.

Hueco Tanks Wetland

Hueco Tanks Wetland

And then there’s the abundant plant life all this moisture supports, including everything from Mexican (Red) Bird of Paradise to honey and velvet mesquites.

Hueco Tanks Wetland

Mesquite and Mexican Bird of Paradise

Downy Seedlings

Downy Seedlings

Ancient petroglyphs share rock space alongside much more recent pictograph inscriptions dating back to 19th Century cowboys and settlers.

Hueco Tanks Petroglyphs

Hueco Tanks Petroglyphs

Despite all these attractions, however, it’s the boulder “mountains” that attract the most attention and which have earned Hueco Tanks the distinction of being a world-class bouldering site.

Hueco Tanks Boulders

Hueco Tanks Boulders

Hueco Tanks — World-Class Bouldering

Hueco Tanks — World-Class Bouldering

Hueco Tanks

Hueco Tanks

By the way, if you’re reading this and other material authored by me on The Destinary website, this post was not “Posted on (fill in the date) | By destinary” as they’ve been erroneously claiming; this material was in fact reposted.  The Destinary have also been claiming the right to do so, without links back to the original and without full attribution (“by RDoug” and a nonworking link is not proper attribution) with a rather bizarre interpretation of U.S. copyright law in which they claim I’m responsible for changing my RSS feed settings so that they cannot skim my material for commercial purposes.  That would make reading my blog less convenient for you, which I’m not willing to do.  As such, I’ll be running this little diatribe on all travel related posts until they cease and desist, along with this:

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David Williams Tour Part 7 — Hueco Tanks


Hueco Tanks State Park-001

Hueco Tanks State Historical Park

Just beyond the El Paso city limits to the east and just north of the Carlsbad Highway — the combined highways  U.S. Route 180 and U.S. Route 62 — is the site of a rather mystical place called Hueco Tanks, a Texas State Historical Park.  Here at Hueco Tanks, which lay just west of the Hueco Mountains, the visitor will find world-class bouldering, incredible birding, Mogollon pictographs dating back over 700 to 1,700 years, and even the adobe and rock wall remnants of a 19th Century Old West cowboy ranch.

Remnants of the Escontrias Ranch

Of course the ‘visitor’ on this excursion was my good friend David Williams, whom I met while briefly attending Clemson University way back in the early 1970s.  And I’m glad that we took this jaunt to Hueco Tanks because in all the years I’ve lived in El Paso I had never made it out this way.  Ursula had, with our two daughters many years ago, but not me.

Hueco Tanks State Park-000

The approach to Hueco Tanks bears little hint to what lies beyond this pile of rocks

Thus our Hueco Tanks excursion began the day following our trek to Old Mesilla, White Sands, and Cloudcroft.  This day’s journey would have Ursula and me escorting David not only to Hueco Tanks, but also El Paso’s famous Mission Trail (which I will show to you in two weeks’ time).

Hueco Tanks State Park-002

Hueco Tanks State Historical Park

David wanted to see Hueco Tanks in part because just a month prior we had hosted his charming and lovely daughter Professor Krista Williams for her bouldering expedition here.  Also arriving for that all to brief stay at Casa Wicker was Krista’s mother (and David’s lovely wife, or course) Evelyn.  Anyway, David was looking forward to seeing where Krista’s rock-climbing adventure took place.

Hueco Tanks State Historical Park

Hueco Tanks State Historical Park

There is much to see and do here at Hueco Tanks, so we’ll be spending both this week and next visiting this incredible outcropping jutting above the surrounding desert, as well as taking a look at historical pictographs, the onsite wetlands, and the incredible flora those wetlands support.  Until Wednesday I’ll just leave you with the following hints of what is to follow in the blog posts ahead:

By the way, if you’re reading this and other material authored by me on The Destinary website, this post was not “Posted on (fill in the date) | By destinary” as they’ve been erroneously claiming; this material was in fact reposted.  The Destinary have also been claiming the right to do so, without links back to the original and without full attribution (“by RDoug” and a nonworking link is not proper attribution) with a rather bizarre interpretation of U.S. copyright law in which they claim I’m responsible for changing my RSS feed settings so that they cannot skim my material for commercial purposes.  That would make reading my blog less convenient for you, which I’m not willing to do.  As such, I’ll be running this little diatribe on all travel related posts until they cease and desist, along with this:

© 2015 R. Doug Wicker (RDougWicker.com)
All right reserved — that includes you, Destinary

Final note:  Considering The Destinary is a site listed as owned by Sonia Bosquez-Platt of Indianapolis Tour & Travel, you may want to rethink doing business with her or her company.

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