It has been a challenging year. After selling my business, the transition was rocky and although complete, still a lot of issues remain. As for new years goals, this year I am opting out of “new years resolutions” because they are largely a joke. This year, instead I have opted for 90 days, or 13-week intensive “MAPS”, which is a “Massive Action Plan” for the next 90 days. My goals include professional, financial and health. More on that later….
After Christmas, I decided to return to one of our favorite spots, Big Bend National Park here in Texas, which has some of the most dramatic scenery in the USA. Being December, and in a desert, the weather was great. It got in the 30s at night, but warmed up into the 70s during the day, making for great hiking weather.
It really is hard to put this place into words, the sheer size of it is incredible. In fact, it is one of the most remote and largest national parks in the USA. On top of that, it’s one of the least visited, with a mere 350,000 visitors. To put this in perspective, the nearest real town is Alpine Texas or Fort Stockton both of which are between 100-120 miles away. So, needless to say, you don’t go there for the day.
The park is on the border with Mexico and is so remote, there’s a very long history of commerce and trade between the US and Mexico there. Most are legal, but some aren’t. I’ve been going there for years and been fortunate enough to only encounter petty illegal trade, such as Jesus here, who sings for you when you buy some of his crafts,