Into the Wild: Starry-eyed and Thunderstruck
E. Dan “Wolfman” Klepper seeks the high remote country of Big Bend Ranch State Park to get closer to nature’s mysteries—both celestial and earthbound. He explores some of the park’s improved trails and describes opportunities to enjoy the endless skies and open country.
Meanwhile, Barbara Rodriguez—who originally tagged Klepper with the name Wolfman—decided to share the Big Bend experience with her 10-year-old son, Elliott. The art galleries of Marfa can be challenging, but with a youngster along, it suddenly becomes easier to enjoy a new experience of art. And the same is true with the Nature Conservancy trail through Madera Canyon, not far from Fort Davis. Once inaccessible, the trail is now open for exploration. And, as Babs explains, it can be an adventurous day hike for a family outing—you won’t have to outfit for a major expedition. It’s the perfect means to get thunderstruck—and starry-eyed. —C.L.
From the February 2009 issue.