One of the more distinctive mountain formations in Big Bend National Park is known as “Mule Ears”. My husband insisted on calling them “Rabbit Ears” since there were so many jackrabbits in the park and we only saw a few mules.
As we hiked along the trail to Mule Ears Springs in the evening before sunset, we passed a group of teenagers coming the other way. They all carried huge backpacks – the first among them looking exhilarated and the last looking dejected and utterly annoyed. It was a school group of some sort and they had just finished their first night camping alone in the desert. They had to hike out to the location, set up their own camp, prepare their own dinner, sleep by themselves listening to the coyotes, break camp in the morning and hike back out. That’s quite a summer camp! It really is a love it or hate it kind of place.
Here is another image I made of the Mule Ears with an Octillo cactus in the foreground.