NOV 30, 2015 – After lunch in El Paso I drove on to Guadalupe Mountains National Park, which is at the west tip of Texas and features the state’s highest mountain, Guadalupe Peak (2667m). I didn’t go up there, but instead spent the night at a backcountry campground called Pine Top and then did a long loop hike before descending through Bear Canyon. Along the way were Bush Mountain (2631m) and Hunter Peak (2550m), which had nice views into the flatlands on both sides of the mountain range. For the following night, I drove to a free campground on BLM land that I had found on a website. I had to follow a dirt road that was almost too uneven for my low-clearance car, and when I got to a herd of cows I felt like I had to be in the wrong place, but then there was a sign that left no doubt that I had reached an official campground.