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July in the Bend

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Offline ds9writer

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Re: July in the Bend
« Reply #15 on: June 02, 2014, 11:13:56 AM »
This is just my own opinion, but if I was taking a first time visitor or someone who is not really into hiking to Big Bend, I would not take them in the summer. 

They will be hot and miserable and will never want to come back. 

If I really want to do some hiking in July, I'd head to the mountains in NM or CO where daytime highs are only in the 80's.

I tend to agree - my in-laws and their parents went in the summer way way waaaay back, had a flat on Ross Maxwell, and have nothing but negative things to say about the park (and because of this, I cannot convince my wife to go at any time fo the year  :icon_cry:)...

Cloudcroft NM is only a few more hours away and probably never reaches 80 in July...

« Last Edit: June 02, 2014, 11:37:36 AM by ds9writer »
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You travel to see things differently.

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Offline dprather

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Re: July in the Bend
« Reply #16 on: June 02, 2014, 12:17:00 PM »
Thanks for all of the great stuff.

Although all are correct about nicer July places, we're going to The Bend.  Why?

>Her curiosity finally got the better of her and she wants to know what I see in BiBe.

>That's when we can go (she's a teacher in a summer school program and only gets some of July off).

>We have an old friend who has kinda gone off-grid in the BiBe area.





Leave "quit" at the car.  Embrace the trail as your friend.  Expect to enjoy yourself, and to be amazed.

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Offline elhombre

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Re: July in the Bend
« Reply #17 on: June 02, 2014, 01:16:08 PM »
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Offline ds9writer

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Re: July in the Bend
« Reply #18 on: June 02, 2014, 02:44:50 PM »
Thanks for all of the great stuff.

Although all are correct about nicer July places, we're going to The Bend.  Why?

>Her curiosity finally got the better of her and she wants to know what I see in BiBe.

>That's when we can go (she's a teacher in a summer school program and only gets some of July off).

>We have an old friend who has kinda gone off-grid in the BiBe area.

I'm sure you both will enjoy it tremendously!  We too are limited by school schedules, so we must bear the relative crowds at Spring Break!   :icon_eek:
You don't travel to see different things,
You travel to see things differently.

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Offline tx1c

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Re: July in the Bend
« Reply #19 on: June 02, 2014, 03:03:07 PM »
Our first visit and our most recent visit to Big Bend were both in July.  That first trip was when I fell madly in love with the park and the region. 
Last year (in July), we camped in the basin for three nights and didn't take the rain fly off until the last night.  We did hike the Lost Mine Trail, but we didn't get to spend hardly any time at the top.  Clouds were rolling in and it was just starting to rain.  I certainly didn't want to be up in any high places when the weather starts looking like that.  Unfortunately for us, it cleared off pretty quickly and really wasn't much of a storm.  But at least we weren't hiking in any significant rain. 
I was also crazy enough to venture down to Mariscal Mine.  My wife stayed with me pretty well out there.  But our last little venture was Santa Elena.  And that was right around noon, so HOT may not even be a fair description.  And so my wife and one daughter bailed out back to the car while me and my other two kids finished up. 
I wouldn't necessarily choose to go in July if I really had much choice, but my wife is a teacher and with kids in school, too, our windows to take off are always quite limited. 

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Offline mini64

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Re: July in the Bend
« Reply #20 on: June 02, 2014, 03:44:55 PM »
Me and my families second trip to big bend, but the first time my daughter was old enough for longer hikes, was July during a hot summer.  As others have said the basin was a wonderful reprieve from the heat of back home! 

We had rain each afternoon (this was during one of the recent drought years), and cloud cover, not that it is needed in a lot of the forested basin trails.  We hiked the lost mine the day we drove in as it was too early for our room, toured some of the park down to Elena that afternoon, then the next day did our big hike - meadows up to the south rim, north rim, emory and back to the basin.  That wore us out but not because of heat.  The next day, with sore legs, we did about a third of the Ore terminal trial which is in the dessert.  We got to the first tower and the buckets, but  weren't quite crazy enough to do the whole thing in the heat, although my wife wanted to keep going (doing it the next year in the fall I'm glad we did not try it in the heat!).  Walked the hot springs trail loop, which is also down in the dessert but short. 

We were disappointed to have to leave the coolness of the park to go back home to the heat! (Bryan)

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Offline dprather

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Re: July in the Bend
« Reply #21 on: June 02, 2014, 06:22:20 PM »
We live in Liberty, Texas. Our sweltering summers here are somewhat similar to Cambodia. 

I had not thought about the reprieve from the humidity - that's how I will see this trip!
Leave "quit" at the car.  Embrace the trail as your friend.  Expect to enjoy yourself, and to be amazed.

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Offline Geezer

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Re: July in the Bend
« Reply #22 on: June 02, 2014, 10:44:17 PM »
In late July some years ago a friend and I hiked up to Laguna Meadow and spent a few nights. Temps were pleasant and it sprinkled a bit from time to time. We hiked out to the rim one day. The century plants were blooming and most of them had a hummingbird hanging around the blossoms. Very pleasant!

Geezer

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Offline ds9writer

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Re: July in the Bend
« Reply #23 on: June 03, 2014, 09:24:26 AM »
We live in Liberty, Texas. Our sweltering summers here are somewhat similar to Cambodia. 

I had not thought about the reprieve from the humidity - that's how I will see this trip!

Yes, the lack of humidity will probably make up for the temps!

I was there in late June one year for a college geology field trip - we made 15 stops in the park (not including the Basin) and it was 112o.  Hot, yes, but not as bad as a Houston or San Antonio summer...
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Re: July in the Bend
« Reply #24 on: June 03, 2014, 02:08:06 PM »
Lost mine nice, Keep trips short, wife hydrated, cool and happy, suggest Boquillas some of the standard site seeing trips, remember hydrate and if moma is not happy nobody is happy.
Visiting BB since 1966, nothing like being lost and finding heaven.

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Offline jim2

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Re: July in the Bend
« Reply #25 on: June 04, 2014, 10:53:38 AM »
you'll be pleased with how pleasant the chisos can be in the summer. the grasses will be green, trees leafed out and wildflowers will be blooming.

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Offline Picacho

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Re: July in the Bend
« Reply #26 on: June 04, 2014, 02:14:09 PM »
In August a few years ago did the South and Southeast Rims in a big loop starting with Laguna Meadow and ending with the Pinnacles with a buddy, two 12 year olds and 1 8 year old.  Also did a side trip up Emory peak.  About 16 miles.  We carried a sh$t ton of water but other than that it was great with a lot of green and even some water running in the streams.  Just get a pre-dawn start up the hill and you will be fine. 

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Offline iCe

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Re: July in the Bend
« Reply #27 on: June 04, 2014, 02:18:09 PM »
Metric sh$t ton or Imperial sh$t ton

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Offline mcarlini

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Re: July in the Bend
« Reply #28 on: June 04, 2014, 07:44:55 PM »
A few years back I took three friends out to the Basin for the July 4th weekend for their first time. It ended up pouring =) Sideways. It was awesome, we were all soaked and actually got a little chilly for a bit! Nothing a few beers couldn't help. Its really neat to watch the storms come in over the mountains, very beautiful. We  drove a bunch of the back roads, stayed off most of the trails and had a really great time.

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Offline Homer Wilson

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Re: July in the Bend
« Reply #29 on: June 05, 2014, 12:25:48 AM »
Metric sh$t ton or Imperial sh$t ton
This is a very important question. I want to make sure I don't use the wrong measurement system and bring too little water.

 


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