Brian and Southwest Airlines buddy passes we were able to fly to Midland - for free. From there we rented a car and made the four hour treck to Big Bend, which is located on the boarder between Texas and Mexico. Friday night, we enjoyed a nice meal at the Chisos Lodge Restaurant and bought a deck of playing cards to end the evening with a friendly game of hearts.
We did the the South Rim Trail, hiking around 11 miles through various terrain of gradual mountain climbs, valley creeks and fields, and dry dessert forests. Our legs were weary towards the end, but the beauty of the trail and the views were worth it.