Greetings from Hueco Tanks, Texas! It's a small town with not much just outside of El Paso. Upon arrival, I didn't really know what to make of the place, but we weren't really here for anything else besides the Rock Ranch for bouldering so I guess none of that really matters.
As we drive down and along dirt roads searching for signs off the two-lane highway headed east, we passed houses that were few and far between that squatted on nothing but dirt. Sparse cacti and shrubbery were sprinkled intermittently along the road side. I was disappointed at first with the desert scenery; it was like something out of a Stephen King novel. After circling for a few minutes, we came up on the Barn, a common space for all the campers at the Rock Ranch. Needless to say, it was well under my cleanliness standard, but we've come too far. After all, I'm in the middle of bum-fuck-nowhere-Texas. I immediately began sweeping the floors within the Barn.
Ben and I have begun to make friends with many of the seasoners, the first of which was Jeff Miller whom we first met on the mountain. Alex (i.climb.rocks is his personal blog), who was hiking back down, stopped by and introduced himself. To name a few of the people we've met: Caitlin, Jared, Barnabas, Robin, Edwin, Kyoko, Drew, and Carlos. All of which were named, we've become fast friends and have made plans to see them in the future. There have been a few interesting stand-off personalities, but I've done my best to put on a thick skin and ignore those who have deemed themselves too cool to interact on a human level.
The days have gone by like minutes, and it feels like there's never enough time with those whom you've grown so close to. After a week with Caitlin and Robin, the both of them have headed in opposite directions; Caitlin being bound for Bishop, California while Robin is on his way to Austin, Texas and then Chattanooga, Tennessee. For the first time, I'm understanding how social media can help us stay close with each other throughout our individual travels. However, Ben and I have had a hard time bouldering out here in Hueco Tanks, but our progression and remaining friends are enough to keep us here and well entertained. Since being here, networking has been fantastic; many of our fellow campers are enthusiastic about our trip and photography and many of us have inspired us to continue doing what we're doing. I've even managed to shoot photos for the Access Fund Conservation Team sponsored by Jeep, REI, and Cliff, which are being uploaded today as well as shooting sponsors for the Rock Rodeo event taking place next week.
I'm looking forward to bringing more photographic updates, but due to the internet speed that's available at the Barn, it'll prove difficult. I hope you enjoy what I've been able to put up since our arrival.