JAN/FEB 2022 RV ROAD TRIP! DESTINATION KEY WEST FLORIDA
Amazing! We weren’t quite sure what to expect, where to stay, or which end to approach the huge park from. We definitely made the right choice picking Marathon, Texas for our base camp for our two, which turned into 3 night stay. More about Marathon later
This National Park is over 800,000 acres. We left our base and drove over 300 miles in one day to make a big loop around the park. We could have spent several more days and not seen it all. This would make for a good jeep expedition as there are many off road trails that we wouldn’t want to take in the truck and scattered campgrounds. The main roads follow the Rio Grande.
And we had to have a little bit of this……
We would love a jeep expedition here. We stuck to the main paved roads except for the trek across the Old Maverick Road which was a washboard dusty rocky road. It was a nice shortcut and no problem for our truck.
The best surprise of the stay was charming little Marathon, Texas. “Where the Big Bend and the dark sky meet”. The Big Bend region offers the darkest measured skies in the lower 48 states. There are several large telescopes available for stargazing. They have star parties almost nightly!
The tiny RV park was basic, but the surrounding grounds with tiny rental cottages, tent area, cantina, Spanish courtyard, and star gazing tools were some of the best we’ve experienced.
Downtown Marathon was just as charming
And then Lotti puked on the passport book and my camera….. the end of an otherwise perfect day. 😕 the little heater in the bathroom should have it dried out in no time and ready for the next National Park or Monument. Up next should be The Alamo!