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What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?

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Offline Bobcat

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« Reply #60 on: May 10, 2006, 01:46:48 PM »
When I was in Boquillas in 95 at "the other bar", some Mexican village kids on horseback came trotting down the dusty main street to notify all the tourists that the last boat to the US was ready for departure.  It was also recommended by the Asian woman I spent the afternoon with that I spend that evening at the Buzzards Roost "bed and breakfast" :!:  I was thinking :twisted: but decided that was a good idea :shock: Tequila :twisted:
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« Reply #61 on: May 10, 2006, 02:21:12 PM »
One of the problems with getting to the party late is all the other good stuff that went on before.  My tale is failry mild compared to the others but here it is anyway.

First trips to the Big Bend.  OK, I got into backpacking late.  My youngest son started when he was in college and talked me into going with him.  Do the math and you will realize I am no spring chicken.  About our third or fourth trip was to the Big Bend just before Christmas.  Neither of us had much knowledge of Big Bend, what to expect, what to see.  Keep in mind this was only my third or fourth backpacking trip and he had made only a few more than I had.  

I must digress to a related story of finding Terlingua.  Our road trip to Big Bend was a long one so we opted to stay at Study Butte the first night.  Arriving about 8:00 PM we found the motel office already closed for the day, but a simple bell button got us the attendant and checked in.  We asked about a place to eat and she directed us to the caf? at Terlingua.  This was our first treat for the trip.  There were not too many people in the place, but there were two cowboys sitting at the bar talking like old friends.  One was dressed in silver and turquoise and the other was dressed in old leather and cow sh*T.  I am town boy, but it was a small town where ranching and farming were the main economic force.  Guys dressed in leather and cow sh*T were common, but one wearing enough silver and turquoise to ballast a fairly large sailing ship was new to me.  We ordered our food, which turned out to be fairly good.  About halfway through the meal two middle age ladies moved up to a set of microphones and commenced to entertain us with western folk ballads.  This meal with its entertainment was the first of several unexpected but great events of the trip.

The next morning we drove to the Basin and having chosen the south rim for a hike, got our permits and headed up.  It had snowed the week before and there were still a few patches here and there, but the weather was warm and sunny.  We were headed to one of the SW sites, I do not remember which, but as we got close we noticed people walking off the trail and up a slight incline.  We headed over that way to see what was going on and walked up to the south rim as na?ve to what we would see as is possible.  To see the view from the south rim for the first time with absolutely no expectation as to the grandeur was a moment I will not even try to explain.  I will say that one of the things I am most thankful for is my total ignorance of the park at the time.  It made the moment so much better.  We set up camp and went back to the rim to watch the sun set.  That was also spectacular and I still remember seeing campfires down on the floor below us.  I do not know what year they banned fires so I guess that was back when you could do that sort of thing.  It was now very dark and the fires would disappear and reappear from time to time.  Clouds and rain were moving into the area and they were blocking the view down with stars still shining above.  It started a drizzling rain that night and we heard it pelt against the tent most of the night.  The camping gods were on our side the next morning and we prepared breakfast and broke camp without the rain.  Shortly after hitting the trail the drizzle started again and we walk all the way back to the basin in a light rain/drizzle.  This is another great thing to happen.  We did have proper rain gear and hiking down with clouds/fog swirling around us and making the views short but spectacular was one of the best hikes I have ever taken.  Our plans to spend a second night in the park were curtailed by the weather forecast of more rain and freezing temperatures.  With our gear already fairly damp from the night before and the full day of rain hiking, we decided to cut this trip short and head on home.  I have been back many times since and each trip seems to cause me to be more attached to the special beauty of the park.  To the point where my son told me in exasperation one day ‘dad there are other national parks’.  While I still have a great appreciation of hiking the Chisos, the desert floor has really gotten most of my interest in the last few years.

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« Reply #62 on: May 10, 2006, 09:18:48 PM »
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I wonder if the animals we encounter in the wild are as awestuck with us as we are with them?




This one seemed to be Muse.  Maybe I was snoring?  I had stopped at BC2 to rest and eat lunch on my backpack trip of the loop.  It was February but a warm, sunny day.  Combined with my fatigue and a perfect boulder I couldn't resist the urge for a short nap.  I wasn't completely relaxed as I'd seen what looked like the fresh leavings of a large mammal on the trail near my spot, and then, felt like I was being watched.  I opened my eyes and looked into the depression to my left and caught this pair of eyes looking right back at me.  

That wasn't my "most" amazing moment, but was one of them.  Like Bdann said earlier in this thread, I stopped shortly after entering the park at Persimmon Gap to explore the bed of the first dry wash I came to.  The sound of my footsteps on the desert floor was magical.  Here at home its more like walking on a wet sponge.

I'll leave it at that as this list could get rather long.

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Ray52.

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« Reply #63 on: May 10, 2006, 09:21:46 PM »
I don't know how that happened, anyway that doe's eyes were staring at me.

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Ray52

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« Reply #64 on: May 10, 2006, 09:23:03 PM »
Wow, it did it again, but I've been here before so shouldn't be a Guest.

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« Reply #65 on: May 10, 2006, 09:37:08 PM »
Quote from: "Ray52."
This one seemed to be Muse.  

Hey! That does kinda look like me! :wink:

You know, I love the lil deer....they are so sweet and pretty. :D

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chisos_muse

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« Reply #66 on: May 10, 2006, 09:38:46 PM »
Hey WL2 :!:

Great "amazing" story! :D

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Ray52

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« Reply #67 on: May 10, 2006, 09:43:07 PM »
Quote from: "chisos_muse"
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This one seemed to be, Muse.  
Hey! That does kinda look like me!

Unintentional play on words....but most I say and do is also unintentional :shock:

Moderator note:  It took me me a second to figure out that he forgot the comma...

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chisos_muse

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« Reply #68 on: May 10, 2006, 09:47:03 PM »
Quote from: "Ray52"
Unintentional play on words....but most I say and do is also unintentional :shock:


Nothing wrong with that! :lol:

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« Reply #69 on: May 10, 2006, 09:52:06 PM »
Quote from: "chisos_muse"
Quote from: "Ray52."
This one seemed to be Muse.  

Hey! That does kinda look like me! :wink:

You know, I love the lil deer....they are so sweet and pretty. :D


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« Reply #70 on: May 10, 2006, 10:06:10 PM »
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Moderator note: It took me me a second to figure out that he forgot the comma



That's what happens when you study English at an art school.....

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« Reply #71 on: May 10, 2006, 11:20:01 PM »
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Like Bdann said earlier in this thread, I stopped shortly after entering the park at Persimmon Gap to explore the bed of the first dry wash I came to.  The sound of my footsteps on the desert floor was magical.  Here at home its more like walking on a wet sponge.


Couldn't wait that long.  First dry wash over in the Langtry area we had to start exploring.  It was "magical".  Maybe we need to break out the mashed potatoes again?

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What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
« Reply #72 on: May 11, 2006, 09:58:56 AM »
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So, when you fell to the desert floor did you land cleanly?

I wonder what would happen if you tried that today :?:

I must say, I think your story is probably the best posted so far!  I'd have to go back and read all of the other ones, but yours might take the "Casa Grande" award.  Of course, Randells story of proposing from a peak was pretty neat also...   :lol:

Good stories.  MORE?  THIS IS WHAT THIS BOARD IS ABOUT!!!!   8)


Yes, I do admit this is one of the best stories of my life and those of us involved relive it whenever we get together now.  I've come to find out in the years since that it's one of those stories that make Big Bend so alluring, though at the time I lived it I was just an oblivious college kid trying to have fun.  
As for landing on the desert floor, no, it wasn't a clean landing. Fortunately, I did have enough wit to get my hands in front of me, but they and my knees suffered a good bit.  The following night, we heard word of the Starlight and the great food, drink, and live entertainment helped me to forget my wounds.
I can't imagine many stories like this are being made now. Is the Park Bar even open now that the border has been closed?
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« Reply #73 on: May 11, 2006, 11:32:11 AM »
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So, when you fell to the desert floor did you land cleanly?

I wonder what would happen if you tried that today :?:

I must say, I think your story is probably the best posted so far!  I'd have to go back and read all of the other ones, but yours might take the "Casa Grande" award.  Of course, Randells story of proposing from a peak was pretty neat also...   :lol:

Good stories.  MORE?  THIS IS WHAT THIS BOARD IS ABOUT!!!!   8)

 Is the Park Bar even open now that the border has been closed?


The park bar is always open,although it is not getting any business now a days.
Stay thirsty, my friends.

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« Reply #74 on: May 12, 2006, 12:16:27 PM »
Leaving the park some years back, I was on the straight stretch headed toward Marathon when I saw something ahead that I couldnt quite wrap my mind around, very large and getting larger. Eventually grasping the fact that it was a plane flat low on the deck,(now Very Large!) I was about to hit the brakes when it nosed straight up and disappeared as I realized it was a "Warthog" playing war games -with my jeep as target. Shit, I thought- I just got "all blowed up".


But.... the Leonids Meteor shower a few years ago was truly the most awesome ever. All lights out in the Basin Campground, as they swarmed in at over 200/min at the peak(the astronomy group from Dallas was counting!). Stayed up the entire night until they  faded out in the early dawn light. Every half hour or so there would be a huge boloid-some red, some green that would dissapear behind the mts looking like it impacted, and you couldnt help but wait and listen for an explosion that never came!!
Margaritas and Motrin- It's not just for breakfast anymore.

 


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