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Big Bend National Park Q&A => General Questions and Answers => Topic started by: Casa Grande on March 06, 2006, 07:13:56 PM

Title: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: Casa Grande on March 06, 2006, 07:13:56 PM
Pun intended!

What is the Big deal about Big Bend?  Post the reasons why you love this place so much! Why?  :?:  :?:

Here's a few of mine:

Remoteness
Wide Open
Wild
Geological Wonderland
Untouched Wildlife
Uninterupted Beauty!

i could go on...but i'll let others continue....

They say a picture is worth a thousand words.......

(http://www.bigbendgallery.com/uploads/files/nirvana-post.jpg)
Title: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: jim2 on March 06, 2006, 08:01:00 PM
that picture is beautiful ! big bend makes me excited about learning ,about the plants, the geology of the place and how they are related. when i'm in b.b. i can't sleep . i close my eyes only to see green mountains and deep canyons.blue creek canyon from laguna meadow trail springs to mind.  i also enjoy the quiet , and being able to get away the hand of man. to see no sign of( progress).
Title: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: BigBendHiker on March 06, 2006, 08:19:02 PM
Great picture, David!

What do I like about Big Bend?
1.  Remoteness
2.  Solitude
3.  Beauty of the land itself
4.  Contrast between the desert and the mountains
5.  The wildlife
6.  Driving on Hwy 90 to Big Bend and seeing only a handful of cars between Del Rio and Persimmon Gap
7.  The history of the area
Title: Simple
Post by: SHANEA on March 06, 2006, 08:32:44 PM
EL DESPOBLADO 8)
Title: Re: Simple
Post by: Casa Grande on March 06, 2006, 09:03:11 PM
Quote from: "SHANEA"
EL DESPOBLADO 8)


had to google that one....lol

um, yeah, i like that too  :lol:
Title: Re: Simple
Post by: chisos_muse on March 06, 2006, 10:30:57 PM
Quote from: "SHANEA"
EL DESPOBLADO 8)


The Big Bend National Park is a wonderland of desert beauty that has something to offer everyone. Dubbed el despoblado, "the uninhabited land" by Spanish explorers, this area is harsh, dry, beautiful, and dangerous, but time seems to stand still in the silence of the Chisos Mountains or while floating down the Rio Grande River. If you ever wanted to get away from it all and back to nature, Big Bend is the perfect spot.
Why do I love it so much?
It feels like HOME....more than any other place I've ever been...
I have a very strong spiritual tie to this "desolate and worthless land" 8)
Title: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: 01ACRViper on March 06, 2006, 10:43:39 PM
that is a VERY good question

when i first went to big bend 3 years ago, i knew NOTHING about it. ever since then, all i've done is read and research when i can't get out there, and when i can, climb whatever i can get to and drive/hike wherever i could. i guess it's a desire to see something so few people have, and jsut the fact that i enjoy the desert landscapes in big bend so much. you shoudl ask easier questions  :oops:
Title: Re: Simple
Post by: SHANEA on March 06, 2006, 11:22:48 PM
Quote from: "David Locke"

had to google that one....lol


"The Big Bend.  A History of the Last Texas Frontier".  Tyler, Ron C.  SEE FORWARD from the Author.  A&M Press.  College Station.  1996.  Originally published 1975 by NPS.

I am always looking for the "right words" to describe the area.  "Splendid Isolation", etc.  According to Ron C. Tyler, El Despoblado is "the uninhabited land".  I'd like to come up with my own original thought on a word or phrase that conveys what the West Texas Trans Pecos Big Bend Region means to me.  

For those of you unfortunate Benders that don't have the book, it is a splend read.  I'm using a portion of the forward in the presentation tomorrow night.  I had it already typed up in my powerpoint, so here it is.

Quote
The Big Bend region of Texas is one of the great wonders of the Southwest.  Wild, vast, and isolated this land of desert, river canyon, and rugged mountains is as close to the primeval as anything on this continent.    The Big Bend.  A History of the Last Texas Frontier by Ron C. Tyler


Mr. Tyler did a pretty darn good job of summing it up, don't you think?
Title: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: Bobcat on March 07, 2006, 06:31:36 AM
Warm
Sunny
Surprises
Rocks-Water-Plants-Animals
Spring Bloom
Spring Scent
Multiple Eco Areas
Certain People
Title: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: CurtR on March 07, 2006, 06:50:18 AM
I love the question and in fact have thought of answers to it myself.  In the world of today, it is so hard to be surprised or in awe of anything.  That is whay I like Big Bend, in those two thoughts.  I had no idea what I would find when I went five years ago and have been in awe ever since.

I made a "small" video thing I would love to share with everyone, but do not know how to do it.  It is a windows media file and is normally about 30megs.  I have reduced it down to less than 8.  I would love to put it somewhere or email it to someone to get it on this site.  It is my own tribute to Big Bend. I will admit I look at it alot whenever I am stuck at work wishing I was there.

Also, I have no idea how to insert a photo.  The one that David did is one of the best I have seen of the park.  I know he has hundreds more.
Title: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: chisos_muse on March 07, 2006, 07:32:02 AM
Quote from: "CurtR"
I love the question and in fact have thought of answers to it myself.  In the world of today, it is so hard to be surprised or in awe of anything.  That is whay I like Big Bend, in those two thoughts.  I had no idea what I would find when I went five years ago and have been in awe ever since.

I made a "small" video thing I would love to share with everyone, but do not know how to do it.  It is a windows media file and is normally about 30megs.  I have reduced it down to less than 8.  I would love to put it somewhere or email it to someone to get it on this site.  It is my own tribute to Big Bend. I will admit I look at it alot whenever I am stuck at work wishing I was there.

Also, I have no idea how to insert a photo.  The one that David did is one of the best I have seen of the park.  I know he has hundreds more.




SOMEONE! Please help this man! We ALL wanna see!!!! :D
Mommy isn't so teckky savvy on these thang's... :(
Title: why
Post by: billh on March 07, 2006, 07:57:23 AM
For me it's 3 things:
1. the remoteness
2. The wide open feeling and
3. Most importantly, the subtlety. When we were hiking through Smokey Creek and came on the water, forming small pools, we stop and sat. My friend is from Hood River Oregon, majestic waterfalls w/in miles of his house. In some ways these unexpected small amounts of water, and the verdant areas they support are even prettier, because they are so subtle.
Title: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: billh on March 07, 2006, 08:11:22 AM
(http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e2/sulaveho/cattail.jpg)
Here I am reading St. Augustine's Confessions on that great boulder in Cattail. That is one of my favorite places. I've seen Hinkley's Columbines blooming there and that bigtooth maple brilliant yellow. This picture says it for me. It doesn't have the expansive majesty of the South rim, but it's subtlety immediately relaxes.
Title: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: Bobcat on March 07, 2006, 08:22:18 AM
I will be there soon! More specifically, the last week of March :D  And the trip will  go into April.  I love to be in the Park during this time period.  Looks very peaceful, Bill. :D
Title: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: Jim on March 07, 2006, 11:08:52 AM
Quote from: "Bobcat"
I will be there soon! More specifically, the last week of March :D And the trip will be go into April.  I love to be in the Park during this time period :D


I'm in the park now, and just so you know, it has been a very dry year so far.  There are very few blooms at this time (a few bluebonnets along the roadside), but nothing like some of the spring blooms in previous years.  Not to put a damper on things, but just to pass along a bit of real-time info.  We hiked to JF1 on Sunday, and the trees are still green, of course.  So it was a pleasant hike with great views.  And the night skies are as fabulous as ever.
Title: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: billh on March 07, 2006, 11:29:43 AM
alright Jim. Now that's some real time info! Have a great trip and give us some updates.

bill
Title: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: RichardM on March 07, 2006, 12:41:16 PM
Quote from: "CurtR"
I made a "small" video thing I would love to share with everyone, but do not know how to do it.  It is a windows media file and is normally about 30megs.  I have reduced it down to less than 8.  I would love to put it somewhere or email it to someone to get it on this site.  It is my own tribute to Big Bend. I will admit I look at it alot whenever I am stuck at work wishing I was there.

Try uploading it to http://video.tinypic.com/ or http://www.putfile.com/ then post a link to it here.

Quote from: "CurtR"
Also, I have no idea how to insert a photo.  The one that David did is one of the best I have seen of the park.  I know he has hundreds more.

See http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/index.php?topic=309.0 for the basics.
Title: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: Casa Grande on March 07, 2006, 06:00:32 PM
Quote from: "billh"
(http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e2/sulaveho/cattail.jpg)
Here I am reading St. Augustine's Confessions on that great boulder in Cattail. That is one of my favorite places. I've seen Hinkley's Columbines blooming there and that bigtooth maple brilliant yellow. This picture says it for me. It doesn't have the expansive majesty of the South rim, but it's subtlety immediately relaxes.


bill, i'm with you on that one, man...nice pic :D
Title: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: CurtR (forgot to login) on March 07, 2006, 10:48:27 PM
(http://www.bigbendgallery.com/uploads/files/Window%20Sunset.jpg)

I hope that worked...
Title: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: CurtR on March 07, 2006, 11:17:53 PM
http://video.tinypic.com/player.php?v=qyzf38

I wonder if this link gets to the windows media file.... I don't know how long it will take to download... the pictures are small.
Title: It Sure As Hell Did!
Post by: SHANEA on March 07, 2006, 11:25:43 PM
Quote from: "Anonymous"
I hope that worked...


It sure as hell did work.  With "work" like that, don't know why you'd want to remain Anonymous :!:   AWESOME picture!  8)
Title: Figured It Out...
Post by: SHANEA on March 07, 2006, 11:55:14 PM
Now I know why Moses wandered in the desert for so long :!:
Title: So Lovely
Post by: chisos_muse on March 08, 2006, 07:24:54 AM
Hi Guest!....Or are you a member who didn't log in? :wink:

That pic took my breath away! :shock:
Title: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: Casa Grande on March 08, 2006, 07:27:03 AM
that's a fantastic pic...one of the best sunset pics through the window i've seen....nice work  :D
Title: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: Bobcat on March 08, 2006, 08:06:05 AM
Great pic, yeah =D>
Title: tinypic video
Post by: RichardM on March 08, 2006, 08:31:16 AM
Quote from: "CurtR"
http://video.tinypic.com/player.php?v=qyzf38
I wonder if this link gets to the windows media file.... I don't know how long it will take to download... the pictures are small.

It looks like it brings up a page which uses Flash to play the video.  I didn't see any obvious way to save the video as a windows media file.  The video ended with this shot:
(http://i2.tinypic.com/qzejyh.jpg)

Pretty cool video so far.  I hadn't tried tinypic.com for uploading video before.  Putfile.com does something similar, where direct linking to the video files is prohibited.  Once upon a time I had uploaded a video file to myFileStash.com (http://www.myfilestash.com/) which allowed a direct link, but then my account suddenly disappeared and I had to re-register.  It also now has a 2MB file limitation and the MPG file I wanted to upload is around 6MB.  To get an idea what Putfile is like, check out this video (http://media.putfile.com/richard_spencers).  That's what my Sony Cybershot generates as video.  For those who are curious, that's me skiing Spencer's at Taos on my last  :cry: day of skiing.
Title: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: randell on March 08, 2006, 10:07:39 AM
Hope you have that sunset pic framed somewhere because it deserves a frame.
Title: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: CurtR on March 08, 2006, 10:57:05 AM
I was the "anonymous".... sorry.  I was using anther computer and forgot to login... I think this one does it automatically.  I did get the window sunset picture to come up but am struggling with the video thing.

I will be in BB 3/23 thru 3/26..... anyone else going to be there at that time?
Title: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: CurtR on March 08, 2006, 10:58:51 AM
Quote from: "Bobcat"
Great pic, yeah =D>


That picture is not too far into the video.  I will keep playing with it.... I need to get back to my real job.....
Title: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: Bobcat on March 08, 2006, 11:03:55 AM
Quote from: "Jim"
Quote from: "Bobcat"
I will be there soon! More specifically, the last week of March :D And the trip will be go into April.  I love to be in the Park during this time period :D


I'm in the park now, and just so you know, it has been a very dry year so far.  There are very few blooms at this time (a few bluebonnets along the roadside), but nothing like some of the spring blooms in previous years.  Not to put a damper on things, but just to pass along a bit of real-time info.  We hiked to JF1 on Sunday, and the trees are still green, of course.  So it was a pleasant hike with great views.  And the night skies are as fabulous as ever.


Thanks for the info, Jim.  Sure hope it rains soooon!!!
Title: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: SHANEA on March 08, 2006, 04:10:02 PM
Quote from: "CurtR"
anyone else going to be there at that time?


I'm always there, whether I am actually there in body or not, I'm always there in spirit.
Title: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: CurtR on March 08, 2006, 06:11:31 PM
Jim,

If you are in the park now, where are you getting internet access?
Title: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: Lemming_of_the_BDA on March 08, 2006, 07:31:42 PM
Quote from: "CurtR"
Jim,

If you are in the park now, where are you getting internet access?



He's not, if this (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/index.php?topic=441.0) is really happening.
Title: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: Casa Grande on March 08, 2006, 07:49:34 PM
actually, you can get a wifi signal close to panther junction....it's a secret, so don't tell anyone ;)
Title: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: CurtR on March 08, 2006, 10:01:43 PM
I am going to try this again...

http://video.tinypic.com/player.php?v=r0ccip
Title: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: CurtR on March 08, 2006, 10:04:16 PM
Well, it still doesn't work...
Title: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: Casa Grande on March 09, 2006, 07:14:55 PM
Quote from: "SHANEA"
Where Is the Moderator?
Wow, this topic has taken a 90 degree turn :!:    :D  8)

So, to take it on a 360 tour (no pun intended)....again, why do you love it so much?

Moderator note:  see new Off Topic video hosting topic (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/index.php?topic=811.0)
Title: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: chisos_muse on March 09, 2006, 07:18:14 PM
Quote from: "David Locke"
So, to take it on a 360 tour (no pun intended)....again, why do you love it so much?


I LUV BIG BEND BECAUSE I AM PART OF IT AND IT IS PART OF ME AND I BELONG THERE FOREVER!

There....now that I got that off my chest....... 8)
Title: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: CurtR on March 09, 2006, 09:42:41 PM
(http://www.bigbendgallery.com/uploads/files/BB2003-065a.jpg)

I love Big Bend because I was COMPLETELY taken by surprise.  The first trip I took was early July 2002 with my 15yr old daughter.  We stayed eight days, camping in the Basin.  We spent two strategically spaced nights in the Indian Lodge at Fort Davis.... to get a bath, let her call her boyfriend, etc.  That was (and still is) the best vacation I have taken.  The picture above is in August 2003 when we went back.

That was great bonding time for us and will always be special.  I think the century plants and sotols were the most memorable.  All of the landscape and plants seemed very different.  I fell in love.

I have also mentioned to family members that I would like my ashes scattered in Big Bend.

There is no place like it.
Title: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: Casa Grande on March 09, 2006, 10:25:15 PM
good stuff, curt :D
Title: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: CurtR on March 09, 2006, 10:27:11 PM
yeah, and I loved the Tuff Canyon 360.  I have been looking at your website for a long time before I got on here.  I like them all.
Title: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: Casa Grande on March 09, 2006, 10:28:37 PM
Quote from: "CurtR"
yeah, and I loved the Tuff Canyon 360.  I have been looking at your website for a long time before I got on here.  I like them all.


that's cool, i'm glad you enjoy them!  :D
Title: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: CurtR on March 10, 2006, 08:24:48 AM
Here is my answer to "What's The Big Deal?"

I put a "video" on my website.  This website is currently under construction for a business that I am starting up.  I am getting ready to re-do the whole thing and concentrate on Western and Southwestern stuff.  There are some pictures from Big Bend in there.  Anyway, go to:

www.marie-enmon.com  

... and click on the "The Big Bend" button in the bottom left of the opening screen.  This took 4 minutes to load :shock:  and the "video" is 5 minutes long.  The transitions are rough and the picture quality is spotty, but this is the only way I know how to share this.
Title: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: chisos_muse on March 10, 2006, 08:46:53 AM
Quote from: "CurtR"
Here is my answer to "What's The Big Deal?"

I put a "video" on my website.  This website is currently under construction for a business that I am starting up.  I am getting ready to re-do the whole thing and concentrate on Western and Southwestern stuff.  There are some pictures from Big Bend in there.  Anyway, go to:

www.marie-enmon.com  

... and click on the "The Big Bend" button in the bottom left of the opening screen.  This took 4 minutes to load :shock:  and the "video" is 5 minutes long.  The transitions are rough and the picture quality is spotty, but this is the only way I know how to share this.


WOWWWWWWWWW :!:

Curt that was extraordinary.....b rought me to tears watching it....and that music! Who is that? I can't tell you enought what a beautiful job you did on that :mrgreen:  =D>
Title: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: CurtR on March 10, 2006, 08:54:12 AM
The music is from Govi.  It is a CD I bought when I was in Galveston.
Title: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: chisos_muse on March 10, 2006, 08:56:00 AM
Quote from: "CurtR"
The music is from Govi.  It is a CD I bought when I was in Galveston.


TY, I'll look for it! :D
Title: Give the man an Oscar!
Post by: RichardM on March 10, 2006, 10:13:50 AM
Quote from: "CurtR"
Here is my answer to "What's The Big Deal?"

I put a "video" on my website.  This website is currently under construction for a business that I am starting up.  I am getting ready to re-do the whole thing and concentrate on Western and Southwestern stuff.  There are some pictures from Big Bend in there.  Anyway, go to:

www.marie-enmon.com  

... and click on the "The Big Bend" button in the bottom left of the opening screen.  This took 4 minutes to load :shock:  and the "video" is 5 minutes long.  The transitions are rough and the picture quality is spotty, but this is the only way I know how to share this.

Absolutely outstanding!  Two thumbs way up!  I think I might have preferred a close-up of a hawk rather than the turkey vulture, but maybe that's just me.  :)  I'll hang on to this and view it any time I need a Big Bend fix.  I escpecially liked the shot of Casa Grande framed by the blooming ocotillo.

It wouldn't view in Internet Explorer for me at first.  I was only getting the audio (which is perfect for this video, BTW).  I downloaded the video file to my hard drive and then it complained of a missing codec.  Once I got that downloaded it worked great.  Image quality is much better than the flash version you tried on the freebie video upload site.
Title: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: Don H on March 10, 2006, 11:13:21 AM
Curt, that was fantastico!!  I'll watch that again and again - super stuff.  Loved the music as well - nothin beats some good acoustic guitar.
Title: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: Casa Grande on March 10, 2006, 12:15:26 PM
i must be missing something, all i get is a black screen with a square in the middle.... :(
Title: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: CurtR on March 10, 2006, 12:18:43 PM
I have heard that from several people.  I am not savvy enough to fix it.  Richard's comment a few lines above this one may help.
Title: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: Casa Grande on March 10, 2006, 12:24:43 PM
looks like you're embedding a wmv file onto a webpage that my mozilla doesn't like!

i'll just down the file directly and watch it in my media player.. :)

http://www.marie-enmon.com/images/The%20Big%20Bend-med.wmv
Title: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: Casa Grande on March 10, 2006, 12:33:10 PM
MARVELOUS!

The picture are fantastic....and the music a great.  nice work!
Title: Re: Give the man an Oscar!
Post by: CurtR on March 10, 2006, 12:59:55 PM
Quote from: "RichardM"
I think I might have preferred a close-up of a hawk rather than the turkey vulture, but maybe that's just me.

Actually that is not a turkey vulture.  It is a red-headed park dump hawk.
Title: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: randell on March 10, 2006, 01:49:11 PM
Stupendous idea!  Great photography.
Title: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: bdann on March 10, 2006, 02:15:02 PM
beautiful work.  The NPS should have this on their website.
Title: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: homerboy2u on March 11, 2006, 12:13:32 AM
Curt R...I think you expressed what our most inner spirit experience has had in that area. BELLISIMO...is surely an understatment,but i cant think of a better word for this.

  When i am alone,and i get the opportunity to travel at the speed of thought,i get taken away to parts where humans have seldom been,and you take me with your video to a place where my spirit longs to be.

  Although,i have mentioned this before, I have yet to go to BiBe, but i have lived the opportunity to be in the parks neighboring area, MEXICO, and let me tell you you captured it very well.

  Wish i could have met you in a reunion and swap experiences....FELI CIDADES muchacho. !!!!!!!!!
Title: BRAVO!
Post by: SHANEA on March 11, 2006, 11:38:16 AM
Bravo!  Three cheers.  I'm all over it.  It's like I'm there right now!  Outstanding selection of music!  When's the next movie?
Title: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: BB BOB on March 11, 2006, 06:47:32 PM
Outstanding!  I've saved it to send to my BB friends.  

God bless Big Bend and all those who love her.
Title: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: Roy on March 11, 2006, 08:05:53 PM
Awesome.
 
I have one MAJOR problem with it;  you guys keep posting this kind of stuff, the place is going to be overrun with TOURISTS!!!
Title: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: 01ACRViper on March 11, 2006, 08:07:34 PM
i think there will always be more and more people :( that just means we have to go look for more places and explore spots to be on our own  :lol:
Title: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: Roy on March 11, 2006, 09:08:21 PM
Yeah, I guess.  But the first time I run into a bunch of "City Folks" out near Slickrock Canyon, I'm gonna get UPSET :twisted: .  I've already run into one bunch out back of Ernst Tinaja.

Another true story.

Was entering the park from Maverick, saw a large RV pulled over in a pull out, could see that it was also towing a sail boat (bright yellow).  Then a little 4WD Subaru pulled out from behind the boat and got in front of me.  We got to the visitors center, the occupants of the Subaru got out:  a couple of a certain age, hair perfect, makeup perfect, matching khaki outfits, with leopard print ascots, Aussie bush hats with a perky little feather in the band.  They walked up to the desk, started asking about the camp sites along the River Road, one at a time.  The Ranger would describe each site, there would be about a 5 second silence, then the woman would ask "Yes, but is it nice?"  After about the third repetition, I figured out what was happening, got directly behind them and starting displaying my biggest S--- eating grin for the amusement of the Ranger.  I thought he was going to have a hernia.
The couple left about a half hour later, got in their RV and headed out of the park.
Title: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: SA Bill on March 11, 2006, 09:41:44 PM
WOW!   =D>   That video is wonderful!
  Thanks for sharing!
     Bill
Title: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: 01ACRViper on March 11, 2006, 09:44:30 PM
Quote from: "Roy"

Another true story.

Was entering the park from Maverick, saw a large RV pulled over in a pull out, could see that it was also towing a sail boat (bright yellow).  Then a little 4WD Subaru pulled out from behind the boat and got in front of me.  We got to the visitors center, the occupants of the Subaru got out:  a couple of a certain age, hair perfect, makeup perfect, matching khaki outfits, with leopard print ascots, Aussie bush hats with a perky little feather in the band.  They walked up to the desk, started asking about the camp sites along the River Road, one at a time.  The Ranger would describe each site, there would be about a 5 second silence, then the woman would ask "Yes, but is it nice?"  After about the third repetition, I figured out what was happening, got directly behind them and starting displaying my biggest S--- eating grin for the amusement of the Ranger.  I thought he was going to have a hernia.
The couple left about a half hour later, got in their RV and headed out of the park.


:lol: :lol: :lol:

people like that should know to stay away from the "harsh life" at big bend :twisted:
Title: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: Jim on March 12, 2006, 11:59:46 AM
The video, Curt, is one of the finest I've ever seen... It's a keeper to show my friends.
Title: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: CurtR on March 12, 2006, 11:11:20 PM
I'll be there in 10 more days.... it's hard to concentrate on work...
Title: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: SA Bill on March 13, 2006, 06:38:59 PM
18 more days for me....but who's counting?   :D
   Bill
Title: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: Bobcat on March 13, 2006, 06:50:19 PM
7 more days for me, but I'm not counting either :!:

ps... I wasn't able to play the video.  I'm running XP home Ed and dailup.
Title: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: chisos_muse on March 13, 2006, 07:04:11 PM
Quote from: "Bobcat"
7 more days for me, but I'm not counting either :!:

ps... I wasn't able to play the video.  I'm running XP home Ed and dailup.


7 LONG, AGONIZING, FRIGID, SNOW FILLED, RESTLESS LEG NON SLEEPIN, PACKING GETTING LAST MINUTE, CAR MAITENANCING, BBC POSTING..........da ys

did I miss sumthin?....oh yeah....THAT LONG @SS DRIVE!
Title: Under New Ownership
Post by: SHANEA on March 13, 2006, 07:07:35 PM
(http://www.bigbendgallery.com/uploads/files/undernewownership.JPG)
Title: Shane's Place
Post by: chisos_muse on March 13, 2006, 07:11:34 PM
That's completely adorable......what do I hafta pay to get in NOW????? :shock:
Title: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: SA Bill on March 13, 2006, 07:18:05 PM
Frigid, snow filled days? Thought you were in sunny SA.
Nice new pic.
  Bill
Title: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: chisos_muse on March 13, 2006, 07:22:33 PM
Quote from: "SA Bill"
Frigid, snow filled days? Thought you were in sunny SA.
Nice new pic.
  Bill


Hey tanks Bill.....(about da pic) :)

About da frigidness...I was referring to the Bobcat, and his casa frio! :wink:
Title: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: SA Bill on March 13, 2006, 07:25:38 PM
Ahhh...I get it.
  Bill
Title: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: Bobcat on March 13, 2006, 07:39:15 PM
Quote from: "chisos_muse"
Quote from: "Bobcat"
7 more days for me, but I'm not counting either :!:

ps... I wasn't able to play the video.  I'm running XP home Ed and dailup.


7 LONG, AGONIZING, FRIGID, SNOW FILLED, RESTLESS LEG NON SLEEPIN, PACKING GETTING LAST MINUTE, CAR MAITENANCING, BBC POSTING..........da ys

did I miss sumthin?....oh yeah....THAT LONG @SS DRIVE!


Just makes the Bender a more valuable place for me! Oh BTW... cold weather really sucks BIG TIME!!!
Title: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: CurtR on March 13, 2006, 08:17:41 PM
Bobcat,

I am sorry the video doesn't work.  I think I saw that you will be in BB Mar 20.... I will be there Mar 23-26.  I can give it to you on a CD if I catch up with you in the park.  Let me know...

Curt
Title: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: Bobcat on March 13, 2006, 08:53:55 PM
Quote from: "CurtR"
Bobcat,

I am sorry the video doesn't work.  I think I saw that you will be in BB Mar 20.... I will be there Mar 23-26.  I can give it to you on a CD if I catch up with you in the park.  Let me know...

Curt


Appreciate that Curt. I'll leave a msg at PJ HQ for you.  Hopefully, I'll get your video up and running b4 I leave for BB. We'll probably meet,but if not, maybe just my handle on it and leave it with PJ. Thanks a lot  in advance, Curt.
Title: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: RichardM on March 13, 2006, 08:59:18 PM
Quote from: "Bobcat"
I wasn't able to play the video.  I'm running XP home Ed and dailup.

If it said you were missing a codec, that means you'll have to download it from Microsoft or wherever.  On my work PC I just clicked on the link provided by the error message and after a few more clicks was able to download and install the codec, which is a sub-program used to decompress the file for playing.
Title: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: Bobcat on March 13, 2006, 09:10:40 PM
Quote from: "RichardM"
Quote from: "Bobcat"
I wasn't able to play the video.  I'm running XP home Ed and dailup.

If it said you were missing a codec, that means you'll have to download it from Microsoft or wherever.  On my work PC I just clicked on the link provided by the error message and after a few more clicks was able to download and install the codec, which is a sub-program used to decompress the file for playing.


Thanks, Richard.  I try that later tonite.
Title: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: chisos_muse on March 13, 2006, 09:12:53 PM
Quote from: "Bobcat"
Quote from: "RichardM"
Quote from: "Bobcat"
I wasn't able to play the video.  I'm running XP home Ed and dailup.

If it said you were missing a codec, that means you'll have to download it from Microsoft or wherever.  On my work PC I just clicked on the link provided by the error message and after a few more clicks was able to download and install the codec, which is a sub-program used to decompress the file for playing.


Thanks, Richard.  I try that later tonite.


Yezz you'll really like it BiggieB.....do whatever it takes! 8)
Title: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: Bobcat on March 14, 2006, 03:39:36 AM
Quote from: "chisos_muse"
Quote from: "Bobcat"
Quote from: "RichardM"
Quote from: "Bobcat"
I wasn't able to play the video.  I'm running XP home Ed and dailup.

If it said you were missing a codec, that means you'll have to download it from Microsoft or wherever.  On my work PC I just clicked on the link provided by the error message and after a few more clicks was able to download and install the codec, which is a sub-program used to decompress the file for playing.


Thanks, Richard.  I try that later tonite.


Yezz you'll really like it BiggieB.....do whatever it takes! 8)


Sounds like I will,yes.
Title: Video
Post by: Bobcat on March 14, 2006, 05:35:28 AM
Quote from: "CurtR"
Here is my answer to "What's The Big Deal?"

I put a "video" on my website.  This website is currently under construction for a business that I am starting up.  I am getting ready to re-do the whole thing and concentrate on Western and Southwestern stuff.  There are some pictures from Big Bend in there.  Anyway, go to:

www.marie-enmon.com  

... and click on the "The Big Bend" button in the bottom left of the opening screen.  This took 4 minutes to load :shock:  and the "video" is 5 minutes long.  The transitions are rough and the picture quality is spotty, but this is the only way I know how to share this.


Curt...Your video was JUST BEAUTIFUL. The music PERFECT.  I loaded it up in Windows Media Player and it ran with no problem this AM.  Apparently, the codec downloaded on the previous attempt.  I recognised all the imaging in your production.  Great work!!!
Title: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: CurtR on March 14, 2006, 07:00:01 AM
Thanks!!  I can imagine people saying "I've been there,... and there... and there!"  Glad you liked it!
Title: Curt R.'s video
Post by: desert woman on March 16, 2006, 07:01:42 PM
Wowie Zowie!  That is beautiful!  The color really is extraordinary.  (I finally got it to work  :oops: .)
Title: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: Alchemist2000 on March 17, 2006, 02:25:50 PM
Curt,

Oustanding!!  I don't think I will ever get tired of playing it.

I saw on your website that your prints were for sale to retail companies, presumably for resale by them.  Are there any retailers in the DFW area that are carrying them?  I would love to see them up close and personal.
Title: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: CurtR on March 17, 2006, 06:44:03 PM
No, these are not available in DFW yet.  I have just started this business, but  I have a real job that is extremely time consuming right now.  After I get back from BB, I pan to start selling.   There is one place in OKC that has them... Lorec Ranch.

I plan on finding some more stuff next week in BB that is Southwestern.

Thanks for asking.
Title: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: RichardM on April 27, 2006, 03:38:21 PM
Quote from: "CurtR"
Here is my answer to "What's The Big Deal?"

I put a "video" on my website.  This website is currently under construction for a business that I am starting up.  I am getting ready to re-do the whole thing and concentrate on Western and Southwestern stuff.  There are some pictures from Big Bend in there.  Anyway, go to:

www.marie-enmon.com  

... and click on the "The Big Bend" button in the bottom left of the opening screen.  This took 4 minutes to load :shock:  and the "video" is 5 minutes long.  The transitions are rough and the picture quality is spotty, but this is the only way I know how to share this.

I gotta remember to view this video more often.  Makes for a perfect "Serenity Now!" solution to work frustrations.
Title: LU
Post by: SHANEA on April 27, 2006, 06:37:13 PM
Quote from: "Jim"
I'm in the park now,


LU-Lucky You

I hope to be taking up permanant residence at PJ before too long.
Title: Re: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: presidio on May 24, 2006, 11:52:12 AM
Quote from: "David Locke"
Post the reasons why you love this place so much! Why?  :?:  :?:


After many dozens of trips to Big Bend, the principal quality that has remained apparent from the very first time is its feeling of TIMELESSNESS.

No matter where you are, even if only turning your back to the road and looking out....it can be whatever century you want.

All the other adjectives also apply as well, but it is this one attribute which separates the area from all else.
Title: Re: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: Casa Grande on May 24, 2006, 03:53:46 PM
Quote from: "presidio"
Quote from: "David Locke"
Post the reasons why you love this place so much! Why?  :?:  :?:


After many dozens of trips to Big Bend, the principal quality that has remained apparent from the very first time is its feeling of TIMELESSNESS.

No matter where you are, even if only turning your back to the road and looking out....it can be whatever century you want.

All the other adjectives also apply as well, but it is this one attribute which separates the area from all else.


very well said, well said indeed  :)
Title: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: Duckworth on June 14, 2006, 08:30:07 AM
I guess for me it would be that challenges of surviving by the deserts rules.
Title: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: buddy on August 01, 2006, 05:46:37 AM
i first visited big bend july 4 2005   i told my wife welcome to gods country   it was unbelievable  although it was 111 deg the whole time the beauty made the heat go away   we are going back at the end of this month   i was wondring if anybody can tell me where the waterfall is  i would love to see it
Title: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: chisos_muse on August 01, 2006, 07:26:07 AM
Welcome Buddy! :D

Are you talking about Cattail Falls?
Title: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: buddy on August 01, 2006, 07:56:48 AM
im not sure on virtualbigbend it just says waterfall   its suppose to be a secret i guess normally when you go there on the web site it gives a location   but this one dose not    it looks great and its a long waterfall
thanks for replying
Title: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: chisos_muse on August 01, 2006, 08:04:23 AM
Quote from: "buddy"
im not sure on virtualbigbend it just says waterfall   its suppose to be a secret i guess normally when you go there on the web site it gives a location   but this one dose not    it looks great and its a long waterfall
thanks for replying


Uh Huh......we'll let David tell you about that one! 8) I don't know how much water is falling there right now, but it is a special, beautiful place indeed! :D
Title: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: RichardM on August 01, 2006, 08:34:18 AM
The rangers/volunteers at the visitor's center will usually give you directions to Cattail Falls if you ask nicely.  They prefer not to advertise it as it's a sensitive environment which could easily be destroyed by misuse.  If you do visit, don't be tempted to swim in the pool or stream, as this is a prime watering spot for all the critters.  Not to mention that there have been reports of leeches there.  :shock:
Title: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: Burn Ban on October 22, 2006, 07:47:35 PM
just got here:

"It is a barren wasteland riddled with fire, ash, and dust, the very air you breathe is a poisonous fume."    but in a good way.

truth is that the big bend is wild in the way that much of texas once was.  most all of the "wild " in texas and the american west has been shopping-malled or oil derricked; but, the big bend is wild- always has been, always will.
Title: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: TransPecosDrifter on October 25, 2006, 08:51:39 PM
I liked the wide open spaces and lots of different trails, when I went in Sept it was'nt crowded during the day and when you did stop to take a long look and others were around I heard alot of European accents......and a few Hank Hill accents :lol:

Magic place, everyone should drive through at least once.(doing the speed limit :wink: )
Title: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: Michael on January 31, 2007, 02:19:13 PM
Wow that's a hard question, this could take awhile :

Devil's Den, Dog Canyon, wildflower's in peak season, # of species of birds, the cool of the shade of the cottonwoods on a hot desert day, the black tail hawks @ Rio Grande Village, Boquillas Canyon, Castolon, Santa Elena Canyon, backcountry campsites, the sunset on the Sierra Del Carmen & the Deadhorse Mtns. to name a few.
Title: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: RichardM on April 08, 2007, 08:11:55 PM
Quote from: CurtR
Here is my answer to "What's The Big Deal?"

I put a "video" on my website.  This website is currently under construction for a business that I am starting up.  I am getting ready to re-do the whole thing and concentrate on Western and Southwestern stuff.  There are some pictures from Big Bend in there.  Anyway, go to:

www.marie-enmon.com (http://www.marie-enmon.com)  

... and click on the "The Big Bend" button in the bottom left of the opening screen.  This took 4 minutes to load :shock:  and the "video" is 5 minutes long.  The transitions are rough and the picture quality is spotty, but this is the only way I know how to share this.
Hey Curt, now that your website is no longer active, do you have this video available anywhere else?
Title: Re: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: riverrat on October 27, 2008, 03:32:51 PM
Old thread just read...and sure would have liked to see that video!! :icon_cry:

What I love about Big Bend is the "aloneness" I feel out there. the good kind of aloneness that makes you want to just sit and stare at the beauty of it all whether you are in the badlands area or high in the Chisos, down in a desert wash or looking out of "The Window".  You don't just stumble across Big Bend: you have to be meaning to go there. But part of its allure for me is to just sit/stand/lay there and look at it trying to see it as if mine were the first eyes to have ever looked out over it.

I believe God created this place for those who truelly want to experience His glory. Every sunset I have witnessed out there (which has not been near enough, mind you) I feel was created just for me.
Title: Re: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: RichardM on October 27, 2008, 04:04:04 PM
Since CurtR (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/profiles/CurtR-u111.html) hasn't been around in a while, I've uploaded a copy of his video here: http://www.mediafire.com/?1fozbyjsxhf (http://www.mediafire.com/?1fozbyjsxhf)
Again, no telling how long it'll stay there...
Title: Re: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: Lorax on December 06, 2008, 12:22:11 PM
Why I'm compelled to Big Bend.  500 million years of Earth history to figure out and the peace and quite to do it.  While the park is vast, the diverse geology is concentrated.

Ted
Title: Re: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: slsutton on December 16, 2008, 09:10:14 PM
 I am attracted to BB for the same reason this 'old' thread attracted my attention, because it is the type of thread subject that evokes the heart of this forum. BB is the kind of place that allows a direct, simple and pure communion with the source of what it is to be alive.  I like how it is at once, harsh, real, raw, rugged and challenging, yet hypnotically spiritual beyond words.  I find myself in the middle of both of these aspects and totally immersed in the place when i'm there. it also provides automatic and free cleansing inside, then a reconnection with who you really are, with no interference.   A long time ago i realized you can fall in love with a place, this is one of those for me.   on my last trip there, i found that i forgot simple things from my day to day life that i never would have otherwise, things i was trying to remember for conversation i was having.  i was surprised. i totally could not remember what i was trying to remember.  if i stayed there too long, i might just forget my name and even longer maybe just disintergrate into thin air and become a part of the place.  :icon_smile:
Title: Re: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: homerboy2u on December 16, 2008, 09:53:16 PM
, i found that i forgot simple things from my day to day life that i never would have otherwise, things i was trying to remember for conversation i was having.  i was surprised. i totally could not remember what i was trying to remember.  if i stayed there too long, i might just forget my name and even longer maybe just disintergrate into thin air and become a part of the place.  :icon_smile:

 Your thoughts are just too deep for this thread,man...don't stop Bro!..... :eusa_clap:
Title: Re: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: Undertaker on December 17, 2008, 05:16:33 PM
Last of the wild places, stars, dark, no cell phone (almost). Just watch the stress fade away. :eusa_clap: :eusa_clap:
Title: Re: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: slsutton on December 18, 2008, 08:35:54 AM
Yes Undertaker, and i notice your id notes that you've been visiting bb since '66.  have you noticed much change?

i have noticed other places that i like to visit in the wilderness that i thought would never be encroached upon, have been. one place in the mountains of NC now has condos being built on it's perimeter.
Title: Re: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: Lorax on December 18, 2008, 12:21:25 PM
Cattail Falls is a good example of changes due to use.  There were changes in signage made in 2008 to make visitors aware of the necessary water supply at the base of the falls.  It's a not so secret place anymore.  There is a publication on Cattail Falls available at visitor centers.  Will Apache Canyon be next.....
Ted
Title: Re: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: Joe on December 18, 2008, 01:44:44 PM
It's funny how things change over time. In the 1970's, Apache Canyon was listed in the Hiker's Guide booklet that the park sells. When the booklet was revised in the early 80's, Apache Canyon was taken out.

When the remuda was still operating in the Basin, in addition to offering trail rides to the South Rim and the Window, occasionally they'd do a ride to Cattail Falls. I remember seeing the tie-rack for the horses on the flat area just before you start down into Cattail Wash. And there was a sign in the 70's explaining that Cattail Falls was an important water source, and prohibited bathing and picnicing. That sign disappeared at some point, but it sounds like it's back now.
Title: Re: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: Undertaker on December 18, 2008, 02:05:31 PM
Biggest change lot more folks visit, trails are also a lot more like highways, number one change is you can not get a cold one at Falcons or Park in Boquillos, that makes me very sad, good times and good folks.

PS: reply to slsutton.
Title: Re: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: Al on December 18, 2008, 02:15:51 PM
Since 1971 here.  Just to augment Undertaker a bit: you could legally enjoy adult beverages in the Hot Springs while staring at the incredible display of stars. 

Al
Title: Re: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: homerboy2u on December 18, 2008, 03:58:00 PM
Biggest change lot more folks visit, trails are also a lot more like highways, number one change is you can not get a cold one at Falcons or Park in Boquillos, that makes me very sad, good times and good folks.

PS: reply to slsutton.

 You just do not know, how that saddens me.... :icon_cry: :icon_frown: :icon_cry: :icon_frown:
Title: Re: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: xseption on December 18, 2008, 05:05:10 PM
Big Bend just makes me in stand in awe! I have never seen so much beauty and variety in landscape, flora, or fauna.

The sheer beauty of it all still amazes me and the pictures shared in this forum encourages me to go back for more ...

~ edd
Title: Re: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: slsutton on December 19, 2008, 09:51:07 AM
Yeah, and when you become a part of a place, what happens to it, seems to happen to you.

We should of course enjoy it in the present.

But it would also be nice to visit BB a thousand years ago or more.

Regardless, despite what humans do, it still has a timeless power and presence.

Title: Re: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: riverrat on December 19, 2008, 08:38:50 PM
Since CurtR (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/profiles/CurtR-u111.html) hasn't been around in a while, I've uploaded a copy of his video here: http://www.mediafire.com/?1fozbyjsxhf (http://www.mediafire.com/?1fozbyjsxhf)
Again, no telling how long it'll stay there...
It was still there today! Don't know why I haven't been back to this thread since Oct! The video is awesome! Thanks for making it available again.
Title: Re: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: iCe on September 22, 2009, 11:55:39 AM
What do I like? It has nice rocks and stuff  :icon_lol:
Title: Re: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: Undertaker on September 22, 2009, 05:29:28 PM
Back to you Al, I can't enjoy a cold one on the tailgate of my truck while parked at chisos basin. :willynilly: :willynilly:
Title: Re: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: guc126 on November 13, 2009, 08:35:51 PM
Solitude, serenity, spirituality.
Title: Re: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: CactusFlower on November 15, 2009, 06:52:55 PM
I've been going since 1980 and have noticed some of the changes others have noted here.  Like has been discussed on another thread, luckily BB still takes effort to get to, so solitude is still relatively easy to find.  I also think there are more natural grasses but maybe I just didn't notice it back then like I do now.  They say at those Ranger programs that BB will come back to how it was before it was overgrazed but it will take a LONG time. 
Title: Re: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: beemerchef on December 26, 2009, 10:41:53 PM
It's and my Spirituality when together.
Title: Re: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: OldJeepr on February 28, 2010, 07:34:18 PM
For me, it's the memories.  The first trip was a delayed honeymoon in 1962.  We stayed in the Basin in what was probably a CCC cabin, drove to all the places a '61 Falcon would go, crossed the river at Boquillas in a rowboat and rode a burro up the hill.  Hiked the Lost Mine Trail, Santa Elena, Boquillas Canyon, and took the horseback trip to the South Rim.  Then the years passed, and we went back with our two little ones.  Re-visited many of the same places, and it was all new again.  A surprise meeting with some relatives, neither of us knowing the other would be there.  An overnight hike and camp out at the South Rim.  A grueling trip to the Chimneys when my daughter became overheated and I had to carry her out.  A friendly mechanic at the service station in the Basin (not there anymore), diagnosing and fixing a problem with my vehicle at a minimal cost.  More years, and a hike to Laguna Meadows with my granddaughter riding in a makeshift backpack, sleeping peacefully with her head on my shoulder on the return trip.  And again, revisiting favorite places.  Years go by, and we are fortunate enough to gather again as a family, children, grandchildren, and again revisit our favorite places.  An earlier poster described it as timeless, and I would have to agree.  We will be back.  We have not seen all that we want to see.  Our grandchildren, and their grandchildren will be able to see and experience the beauty that is Big Bend. 
Title: Re: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: lighter fluid on April 01, 2012, 05:19:42 PM
(http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e2/sulaveho/cattail.jpg)
Here I am reading St. Augustine's Confessions on that great boulder in Cattail. That is one of my favorite places. I've seen Hinkley's Columbines blooming there and that bigtooth maple brilliant yellow. This picture says it for me. It doesn't have the expansive majesty of the South rim, but it's subtlety immediately relaxes.

Big Bend and St. Augustine's Confessions! It doesn't get much better than that!  :13:
Title: Re: What's the Big Deal?
Post by: dprather on April 30, 2012, 01:38:56 PM
You can challenge yourself in a gym, but not like the challenge you face out on the Dodson.  The combination of stark beauty (not appreciated by everyone) and being responsible for your own well-being (also not widely appreciated) is my Big Bend buzz.