Pulled into Balmorhea State Park (W. TX) last Sat., temp was 96! Arrived in Rio Grande Village in Big Bend NP on Sunday, temp was 95! Same thing on Monday, and it didn't cool down until midnight. ... Mornings were pleasant, in upper 40s-mid 50s; but days warmed quickly, especially in the desert. Wildflowers were blooming, including a paltry crop of bluebonnets, mostly along the roadsides near Rio Grande Village. Not enough moisture for them elsewhere, I guess just enough road runoff allowed those to sprout. We camped at S. Llano River SP on Wed. night, high was more pleasant 74. Low yesterday was 41, high 72; today's low was 60 and current temp is 81. (We live 25 miles west of Austin.) Redbuds in town are beginning to bloom; but NWS says we have another norther moving through mid-week. I just hope it brings rain. The drought has resumed after taking a vacation in Sep., Oct. and Nov.
FWIW, BBNP only has 25 RV sites with hookups, at Rio Grande Village. Dry camping is allowed (a limited generator area) in the nearby CG. The full service CG was near capacity; the regular CG was about 65% full. More folks than we've ever seen there in Feb.
The 2011 drought took a toll on desert vegetation: lots of dead lechuguilla, sotol, creosote bush, etc. Park hdqtrs. at Panther Junction recorded 2.97" of rain for the year; plus 3 days in the first week of Feb. the temp stayed around 0 F. When desert plants die, you know it's bad. ...
2014 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD Crew Cab, long box, Duramax and 3.73, SRW
Equal-i-zer 1k WDH, 2013 White Hawk 27DSRL
Los Madrones, a little slice of Texas hill country heaven