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Title: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: Casa Grande on March 02, 2006, 03:52:51 PM
A sunset?  A lion sighting? Did you finally get to see that one animal you've been waiting for? or was it something way too unexpected....

August 1999

It was night.  I was sitting with my friend Alex and two of his sons at Paint Gap #3.  Alex and I were drinkin', havin' a good time just after the sunset.  It was dark and breezy.  I was facing northeast, alex northwest, Zane was facing the east and Shea his 2nd born son was facing southwest.  Suddenly, Shea lifted off his seat as if someone had lit a firecracker under his ass and said, "holy sh1T! What the *&k is that!" He was pointing in my direction......

(to be continued) post some of your own and i'll continue this story....  :D
Title: My most amazing moment
Post by: RichardM on March 02, 2006, 04:02:35 PM
Mine would have to be looking out over the South Rim at the desert bathed in moonlight.

P.S.  I know what you saw!
Click Here if you want to cheat! (Richard, mister smarty pants!)

Ok, so I'll wait for you to finish your story before reposting my link.
Title: most amazing
Post by: billh on March 02, 2006, 04:07:50 PM
As I reflect they are subtle. I think the one that stands out was over 10 years ago. We were camped at KBar. My two sons (14 and 17 now) were young and they were sleeping in a small 2 person tent. I was reading to them. We lay down in the tent and I read them a book as they snuggled in their bags. the tent faced roughly NE. It was cold, as it was November. As I read I noticed that the horizon to the east was very bright. I continued to glance to the East as the Horizon looked as if there was a city out there. As you know, there's nothing to the NE of K Bar. Nothing but desert that is. I wondered if it was a fire. After about 30 minutes I realized it was the full moon, breaking the horizon. eventually there was nothing blocking it, there were no mountains or hills obstructing it, and it looked like you could walk straight towards the moon. The boys fell asleep and I stood mesmerized as the Moon cast shadows across the Chihuahuan desert. Wonderful moment, I'll never forget.

bill
Title: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: Casa Grande on March 02, 2006, 04:14:14 PM
Alright Richard!

And, on a side note, those are both wonderful sights!
Title: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: RichardM on March 02, 2006, 04:30:42 PM
That picture (to be revealed to the rest of you later) was probably taken within a few minutes of your sighting.  Personally I was standing out in my condo parking lot here in Clear Lake observing it while talking on the phone with my Mom who was watching it in Austin.  Of course, it helped that I knew it was coming.  Dad was busy watching the news report on tv and nearly missed it.
Title: stars, for sure
Post by: Cygnus on March 02, 2006, 05:38:46 PM
Like most of us, my first trip sunk that hook that keeps me going back to Big Bend year after year.  While plenty of things struck me as magical, awe-inspiring, and beautiful, the thing that was most impressive to me was the stars.  I had camped a lot up to then, but never in a place with so little pollution (at least at the time).  It was a new moon and there were so many stars it was difficult to make out the constellations that had been so easy to recognize at home.  And the Milky Way was completely defined - an impressive swath of billions of points of light.  Even before the stars came out, the sky gave up one more unusual sight - satellites.  As the sun sets, the satellites are still high enough to reflect some light and for the first 30 minutes after sundown, you can just track man-made moons zipping across the sky.  Today, this is still the only place I've been able to see this so clearly with the naked eye.  

As I've returned each year since, it seems like I can see fewer and fewer stars.  While this is a bit saddening, it makes that first experience all the better.
Title: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: 01ACRViper on March 02, 2006, 06:01:20 PM
hard to decide between 2 different things: standing on elephant tusk, knowing that only 4 other people had been up there in the past 4 years. looking up at the south rim from that height and all the way down to mariscal canyon and the rio grande is an amazing sight. and of course my other  great moment was my lion sighting  :oops: i don't think anything will ever top being 10 feet away from a 100 lb cat that thankfully decided you wouldn't be a good meal :lol:
Title: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: Casa Grande on March 02, 2006, 06:05:51 PM
man, those are all fantastic!  

...continued....

So, as I jump up out of my seat and look behind me and up, I see a large "fire contrail" shooting across the sky!  It was fast, but not as fast as a falling star and it never went out, it just kept on going....after about 30 seconds of awe struck silence, none of us had a clue what it was.  None of us where waiting or expecting it so it was a complete surprise for everyone.  About 15 minutes later, the space shuttle landed in Florida.

The next morning at the Panther Junction it was all the talk at the water spigot... :lol:

Ok, Richard, you can post it now...party pooper.
Title: shuttle plasma trail
Post by: RichardM on March 02, 2006, 06:46:59 PM
(http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/gallery/images/shuttle/sts-93/med/s99_08357.jpg) (http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/gallery/images/shuttle/sts-93/html/s99_08357.html)
Click on the pic for image details.
Title: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: Casa Grande on March 02, 2006, 07:00:29 PM
yup..nice pic of it too :)  ok, so i guess it wasn't august, but july, 27th to be exact  :lol:
Title: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: randell on March 02, 2006, 08:52:30 PM
I guess it'd have to be watching the sunset for the first time from the South Rim right after I proposed to my wife.  The sunsets from the South Rim are the best and I can't think of a better place to propose.

(http://zerr.net/bbnp/Trip05/03.jpg)
Title: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: chisos_muse on March 02, 2006, 09:24:50 PM
I've thought about this one all day, as I read it from work.....I've finally come to the conclusion, after visualizing many beautiful, exciting, awestruck moments......that I have to visit BIBE alot more, because my MOST AMAZING moment, well it just hasn't happened yet...... 8)
Title: Randell #1
Post by: Roy on March 02, 2006, 09:29:32 PM
With a bullet.  Sorry David, no way anyone can top that.  And the photo is pretty great, too.
Title: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: Lance on March 03, 2006, 07:19:59 AM
This was in the late 80's. It was my wifes first trip, and as we were driving out of the Basin, directly across fom the trailhead of the Lost Mine Trail, we saw it. Walking slowly across the ridge, about 50 yards away, a black bear. Stopped the car in the Lost Mine Trail parking lot. Sat in the car watching him amble about for about 5 minutes. So close you could hear him grunting. Was able to get out the video camera and catch a few minutes on tape. After he shuffled over the ridge, we excitedly drove down the road and stopped at teh ranger station and showed them the tape.
Title: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: Casa Grande on March 03, 2006, 07:41:39 AM
awesome, Lance...any chance you can get a clip converted for the web? know many would love to see that!

Roy, i agree, Randalls is pretty damn cool.   :wink:
Title: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: Lance on March 03, 2006, 08:15:33 AM
David, it's on an old VHS tape somewhere in the house, I don't have the equipment to do a transfer. :(

It wasn't exactly in the park, but in the early 70's my brother and I were climbing on the Rockpile on the Scenic Loop by the McDonald observatory, back before the area was closed to the public. We had gotten way up high on the boulders, when we looked across to another pile of boulders about 20 yards away. A mountian lion was walking across the top of a small ledge where my brother and I had been maybe 15 minutes before. We were too young and stupid to be scared. We kept on climbing and exploring, and later when we told Mom, she just about wet her pants. :shock:
Title: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: randell on March 03, 2006, 08:24:09 AM
I think if I saw two mountain lions/black bear in a day...or even one for that matter...it would come in a close second.  

It would be the peak of years and years of anticipation for that one moment when I first saw one.  Some day I'll be lucky enough.
Title: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: chisos_muse on March 03, 2006, 08:27:37 AM
Quote from: "Randell"
I think if I saw two mountain lions in a day...or even one for that matter...it would come in a close second.


Yeah but my kitty's ran away cause that big diesel truck started comin and I was sad :(  because I wanted to pet them and hug them and squeeze them and love them and play with them and I was mad at that bad truck :x

Now THAT would have been amazing! :lol:

I really wish you do Randell, maybe it'll happen when you and your babie's are a bit older and the whole family can enjoy it! :D
Title: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: randell on March 03, 2006, 09:14:43 AM
Yeah, when my babies are way older:!:   At this point, there is no way I'd get a photo as I'd be freaking out trying to get my babies on my shoulders and taking defensive positions.
Title: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: chisos_muse on March 03, 2006, 09:25:23 AM
Quote from: "Randell"
Yeah, when my babies are way older:!:   At this point, there is no way I'd get a photo as I'd be freaking out trying to get my babies on my shoulders and taking defensive positions.


Yeah I meant like teenagerz!!!!
Title: kidz
Post by: RichardM on March 03, 2006, 09:33:59 AM
Lemme see, how did that old Southwest Airlines in-flight announcement about assisting your child with the oxygen mask in the event of an emergency end?  Oh yeah, "If you have more than one child with you, decide now which one you love more."

Of course, with some teenagers one might be inclined to give them a push towards the big kitty.   :twisted:
Title: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: BigBendHiker on March 03, 2006, 11:40:37 AM
We were staying in the Basin in June 2003.  I remember waking up to the moonlight from a full moon coming through the window of the room (at the lodge) we were staying in.  I thought someone was shining a spotlight in on us.  I had never seen a moon so full and so bright!  It was just absolutely incredible!

BBH
Title: Sorry...
Post by: SHANEA on March 03, 2006, 04:09:16 PM
Sorry, every visit to the West Texas Trans Pecos Big Bend Region holds something special.  Only thing that really springs to mind was not at BBNP, but at BGWMA when a bear said good bye to us one morning as we were leaving.  Bounded down a hill right in front of the Avalanche and scurried off into the distance.  Got a very poor picture of it - didn't have the camera at the instant ready.
Title: Hale Bopp...
Post by: SHANEA on March 03, 2006, 04:15:43 PM
Let me amend the following post, first trip out to BBRSP we didn't have a clue as to where we were going and ended up at Warnock in the middle of the night so we could check in the first morning.  (We didn't know that we needed to be up at For Leaton) and spent the night in the parking lot at Warnock in a Suburban crowded with people and gear.  Woke up sometime during the night and saw the Hale Bopp comet blazing it's way through the intrinsically dark sky.  Hale Bopp was so cool as you could see the tail and everything else about it with the naked eye.  Tried to get a buddy of mine that was with us, whose wife was expecting their first, to name the bambino after the comet, but they come up with something else.   :D
Title: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: Bobcat on March 03, 2006, 06:32:03 PM
Dah Coachwhip attack of 2005 :!:
Title: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: Casa Grande on March 06, 2006, 07:15:51 PM
Quote from: "Bobcat"
Dah Coachwhip attack of 2005 :!:


Did I miss that story?  I had a coachwhip attack of my own of 1993!!  Mean little buggers!

Do tell...
Title: Bobcat's coachwhip story
Post by: RichardM on March 06, 2006, 07:44:05 PM
http://www.bigbendchat.com/viewtopic.php?p=1278#1278
which contains a link to
http://forums.kingsnake.com/view.php?id=996516,996516

For an interesting coachwhip picture by a guy who breeds them, see
http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/index.php?topic=134.0
Title: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: bdann on March 06, 2006, 09:40:16 PM
Most amazing moment for me was probably entering the park for the first time.  We entered from study butte, cruising toward panther junction and i had to just stop the car and get out and just stand there for a minute.
Title: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: Oilcan on March 15, 2006, 06:50:43 PM
Nice board you all have here...  I consider myself an avid "Bender" but I have learned lots reading this board...

It is hard to pick out my best Big Bend experience but a couple do stand out...   These are more of adventures...

About 15 years ago while in college I was in the park with a few of my buddies off River Road near the San Vicente crossing when we managed to get the  truck stuck in deep mud near the river...  So it is summertime hot and we are covered in mud from trying to push the truck out and we are just sitting there drinking beer trying to figure how we're going to get out of our little situation when an hombre from across the river shows up on horseback...  He surveys our predicament and after talking with him shortly he returns with a few of his amigos, also on horseback and manage to pull the truck out of the mud...  We were so thankful that we shared the rest of our Pabst and Lone Star with them...

Another trip also back in my college days in the summer I was on an overnight backcountry trip out near Mule Ears when the sky suddenly grew dark and it began to rain and then hail golf balls...  We were in a very unprotected area and had nothing other than our packs...  So there we are huddled under our packs trying to avoid the painful impacts of the large hail stones...  Then suddenly it was over as quickly as it started...  The entire ordeal lasted maybe 10 minutes but I'll never forget it...
Title: Welcome!
Post by: chisos_muse on March 15, 2006, 07:00:48 PM
Quote from: "Oilcan"
Nice board you all have here...  I consider myself an avid "Bender" but I have learned lots reading this board...

It is hard to pick out my best Big Bend experience but a couple do stand out...   These are more of adventures...

About 15 years ago while in college I was in the park with a few of my buddies off River Road near the San Vicente crossing when we managed to get the  truck stuck in deep mud near the river...  So it is summertime hot and we are covered in mud from trying to push the truck out and we are just sitting there drinking beer trying to figure how we're going to get out of our little situation when an hombre from across the river shows up on horseback...  He surveys our predicament and after talking with him shortly he returns with a few of his amigos, also on horseback and manage to pull the truck out of the mud...  We were so thankful that we shared the rest of our Pabst and Lone Star with them...

Another trip also back in my college days in the summer I was on an overnight backcountry trip out near Mule Ears when the sky suddenly grew dark and it began to rain and then hail golf balls...  We were in a very unprotected area and had nothing other than our packs...  So there we are huddled under our packs trying to avoid the painful impacts of the large hail stones...  Then suddenly it was over as quickly as it started...  The entire ordeal lasted maybe 10 minutes but I'll never forget it...


Nice to have ya here, Oilcan...thanks for sharing! :D  You have entered the cyberworld of A+ Big Bend Chat.....yes we do have alot to be shared and learned here....some of these guys/gals humble me down, that's fo sho....some younger, some older....lots of precious gems here, all's I can say... 8)
Title: an amazing thing
Post by: desert woman on March 16, 2006, 05:26:21 PM
The most amazing thing that's ever happened to me in Big Bend NP is when I lost and found my wedding ring.  We stopped at one of the camps on the River Road.  I took off my wedding ring and laid it on the fender of the jeep while I put on suntan lotion.  We took off and got about 5 miles down River Road before I realized I didn't have it on.  We went back and I found it where we had stopped.
Title: Bear
Post by: JeffB on March 16, 2006, 10:13:53 PM
My best moment in the park was a couple years ago near Boot Canyon.  It was late in the evening and we hiked from our Boot Canyon campsite dowin into the creek about a half mile down from boot spring.  We were just hiking around and exploring the creek.  We were looking for snakes in an area strewn with large boulders.  We heard a rustling noise on the opposite side of a large boulder and me friend stepped around to look on the other side.  At the same time he poked his head around a black bear poked his head out and looked at us.  We were face-to-face with a medium sized black bear!  The bear was not interested in what we were doing.  He slowly descended the slope into the creek and crossed to the other side away from us.  He stopped several times on the other side to raise up on hind legs and forage low branches for food.  We tried to track him and get a picture but it was getting dark and fear kept us from going too boldly.  We got one picture where you can barely see the bear.  The excitement lasted the rest of the trip.  What an adrenaline rush at that one moment!
Title: Re: Bear
Post by: RichardM on March 16, 2006, 10:22:54 PM
Quote from: "JeffB"
We tried to track him and get a picture but it was getting dark and fear kept us from going too boldly.  We got one picture where you can barely see the bear.

Did you once post that pic to the old chat page?  I seem to remember somebody posting a very dark picture of a bear in Boot Canyon.  I cranked up the brightness on the image and you could then see it pretty well.  I may even still have the pic on my PC at work.
Title: Re: Bear
Post by: RichardM on March 17, 2006, 09:17:01 AM
Quote from: "RichardM"
Quote from: "JeffB"
We tried to track him and get a picture but it was getting dark and fear kept us from going too boldly.  We got one picture where you can barely see the bear.

Did you once post that pic to the old chat page?  I seem to remember somebody posting a very dark picture of a bear in Boot Canyon.  I cranked up the brightness on the image and you could then see it pretty well.  I may even still have the pic on my PC at work.

Apparently my memory is clearer than the picture.  You can kinda tell it's a bear. :)
(http://www.bigbendgallery.com/uploads/files/jeff_bear.jpg)
See also the full-size pic (http://www.bigbendgallery.com/uploads/files/jeffbear.jpg)
Title: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: Casa Grande on March 17, 2006, 10:03:57 AM
i don't know, it looks more like Bigfoot to me!   :lol:
Title: Zen moment with a peregrin
Post by: jeffblaylock on March 17, 2006, 11:39:46 AM
It was a zen moment with a peregrin falcon on the South Rim.

As described in July 2004 (http://www.jeffblaylock.com/southrim/000666.shtml):

"I was standing near the edge at a point where the cliff heads straight down a thousand feet. A peregrin falcon was riding the thermal from the desert floor, and he passed within 10 feet of me. As he reached my eye level, he adjusted his wings so he could hover there, so close that I could see the pupils of his eyes, the gnarls of his talons, and the wind ruffling through his feathers. For what seemed like five or six seconds (it was probably not quite two), we just looked at each other. Then he readjusted his wings and immediately shot 200 or more feet straight up, then turned eastward and glided away. I stood on that rim for several more moments, watching that magnificent animal disappear from view as a black dot against the distant, hazy mountains."

Unfortunately, no photo. I imagine that any motion I made with my camera would've ended the moment prematurely.
Title: Critterz
Post by: chisos_muse on March 17, 2006, 06:47:33 PM
I wonder if the animals we encounter in the wild are as awestuck with us as we are with them?
I just love the animal stories....keep em comin! :D

David maybe we should give the animals their own lil section? Up to you Papi... :wink:
Title: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: uh_clem on March 28, 2006, 02:55:25 PM
I know this isn't exactly in keeping with the theme of this, but here goes anyway.
One day I was in the visitor's center in the Basin and a woman comes in and asks the ranger where the rain forest is. I believe he directed her towards Olympic NP. :?

Animal stories, eh?
One night I was camped in the Basin, sitting up late looking at the stars. I looked over to my right and a coyote was standing there about three feet away looking at me. As soon as I looked at him (or her, I don't know which), he ran off. Maybe it's not such a good idea to sit up alone late at night.
Title: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: randell on March 28, 2006, 03:01:30 PM
I was driving along Maverick Drive one morning and saw a coyote.  I stopped and rolled down my window.  He was about 10 feet from me.  He looked at me and then hiked his leg up and took a leak.   :shock:
Title: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: Casa Grande on March 28, 2006, 06:42:18 PM
Quote from: "Randell"
I was driving along Maverick Drive one morning and saw a coyote.  I stopped and rolled down my window.  He was about 10 feet from me.  He looked at me and then hiked his leg up and took a leak.   :shock:


the only coyotes i've ever seen and heard came from maverick road area:

1. 1993: While camping at Terlingua Abajo one August evening, my camping buddy and i were surrounded by about a half dozen coyotes howling in the night, eerie and cool....

2. 2001: While driving down Maverick near Luna Jacal, my late wife, my step-son and I spotted a very curious coyote near the road. We stopped, and watched him; he stopped and watched us....whose more fascinated??

3. 2004: While camping in November at the Chimney's campsite near Luna with my bro-in-law, brother, and 4 year old nephew (at the time), we heard a large group of coyotes howling right at our campsite and up on the hill....it was sooooo cool!  then, my nephew says to his dad, "Daddy, I think there's werewolves outside."   :lol:
Title: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: Bobcat on March 28, 2006, 07:23:37 PM
Quote from: "David Locke"
Quote from: "Randell"
I was driving along Maverick Drive one morning and saw a coyote.  I stopped and rolled down my window.  He was about 10 feet from me.  He looked at me and then hiked his leg up and took a leak.   :shock:


the only coyotes i've ever seen and heard came from maverick road area:

1. 1993: While camping at Terlingua Abajo one August evening, my camping buddy and i were surrounded by about a half dozen coyotes howling in the night, eerie and cool....

2. 2001: While driving down Maverick near Luna Jacal, my late wife, my step-son and I spotted a very curious coyote near the road. We stopped, and watched him; he stopped and watched us....whose more fascinated??

3. 2004: While camping in November at the Chimney's campsite near Luna with my bro-in-law, brother, and 4 year old nephew (at the time), we heard a large group of coyotes howling right at our campsite and up on the hill....it was sooooo cool!  then, my nephew says to his dad, "Daddy, I think there's werewolves outside."   :lol:


I found a couple of coyotes in the AM working on a DOR javelina on 118 ~ 10 miles east of PJ on the 2005 Spring trip.
Title: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: Patti on April 14, 2006, 10:24:01 PM
My most amazing moment is also why I love this place... My dad took us to the Park as a 'day' trip from Odessa when we were kids.  It was so hot and dry, but I was a desert rat and didn't mind.  We finally got to the basin turnoff and could see what looked like a big cloud just above us.  Well, I am sure at least some of you know what happened!  As we drove up into the cloud, it was instantly cool and damp.  And there were trees (!) and the quiet was so deep and still I will never forget it.    Only when we left the mountains hours later did I get to see the beautiful profile of the Chisos.  It really was love at first sight!   I have had that experience several times at the park since then, and always get a thrill out of that moment in the clouds.  

The most amazing animal moment was also a Peregrine sighting, but I was on Lost Mine Peak and a falcon was soaring maybe ten to fifteen feet out and just below.  It was on the Pine Canyon side and just very slowly glided by and then wheeled around and headed off toward the desert.  Believe it or not, it was on that same trip we saw the mountain lion.  Driving by Sam Nail ranch,  big kitty walks across the road in front of us...  wow, we were really glad to be in the car!  This I consider my most exciting animal moment to date.  

BTW, still haven't had the heart to pack away the BB map file from our trip in February, but I finally washed the car!
Title: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: chisos_muse on April 15, 2006, 09:43:56 AM
Quote from: "Patti"
My most amazing moment is also why I love this place... My dad took us to the Park as a 'day' trip from Odessa when we were kids.  It was so hot and dry, but I was a desert rat and didn't mind.  We finally got to the basin turnoff and could see what looked like a big cloud just above us.  Well, I am sure at least some of you know what happened!  As we drove up into the cloud, it was instantly cool and damp.  And there were trees (!) and the quiet was so deep and still I will never forget it.    Only when we left the mountains hours later did I get to see the beautiful profile of the Chisos.  It really was love at first sight!   I have had that experience several times at the park since then, and always get a thrill out of that moment in the clouds.  

The most amazing animal moment was also a Peregrine sighting, but I was on Lost Mine Peak and a falcon was soaring maybe ten to fifteen feet out and just below.  It was on the Pine Canyon side and just very slowly glided by and then wheeled around and headed off toward the desert.  Believe it or not, it was on that same trip we saw the mountain lion.  Driving by Sam Nail ranch,  big kitty walks across the road in front of us...  wow, we were really glad to be in the car!  This I consider my most exciting animal moment to date.  

BTW, still haven't had the heart to pack away the BB map file from our trip in February, but I finally washed the car!



WOW Patti! What a lucky young lady you were for your first time! :D
Most adults are awestruck when seeing BIBE for the first time, but through a childs eyes it must be so much more....and to see those animals too!  :mrgreen:
Title: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: Anonymous on April 15, 2006, 06:32:18 PM
Quote from: "chisos_muse"
Quote from: "Patti"
My most amazing moment is also why I love this place... My dad took us to the Park as a 'day' trip from Odessa when we were kids.  It was so hot and dry, but I was a desert rat and didn't mind.  We finally got to the basin turnoff and could see what looked like a big cloud just above us.  Well, I am sure at least some of you know what happened!  As we drove up into the cloud, it was instantly cool and damp.  And there were trees (!) and the quiet was so deep and still I will never forget it.    Only when we left the mountains hours later did I get to see the beautiful profile of the Chisos.  It really was love at first sight!   I have had that experience several times at the park since then, and always get a thrill out of that moment in the clouds.  

The most amazing animal moment was also a Peregrine sighting, but I was on Lost Mine Peak and a falcon was soaring maybe ten to fifteen feet out and just below.  It was on the Pine Canyon side and just very slowly glided by and then wheeled around and headed off toward the desert.  Believe it or not, it was on that same trip we saw the mountain lion.  Driving by Sam Nail ranch,  big kitty walks across the road in front of us...  wow, we were really glad to be in the car!  This I consider my most exciting animal moment to date.  

BTW, still haven't had the heart to pack away the BB map file from our trip in February, but I finally washed the car!



WOW Patti! What a lucky young lady you were for your first time! :D
Most adults are awestruck when seeing BIBE for the first time, but through a childs eyes it must be so much more....and to see those animals too!  :mrgreen:


Absolutely!  And I know it sounds corny but I really do thank God every day that I am a Texan!  :)
Title: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: chisos_muse on April 15, 2006, 06:45:02 PM
Not corny at all.....I've only lived here for 4 years and I already know I'm never moving out of the state! Only a bit southwest is all.... 8)
Title: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: Bobcat on April 15, 2006, 08:19:53 PM
Quote from: "Anonymous"
Quote from: "chisos_muse"
Quote from: "Patti"
My most amazing moment is also why I love this place... My dad took us to the Park as a 'day' trip from Odessa when we were kids.  It was so hot and dry, but I was a desert rat and didn't mind.  We finally got to the basin turnoff and could see what looked like a big cloud just above us.  Well, I am sure at least some of you know what happened!  As we drove up into the cloud, it was instantly cool and damp.  And there were trees (!) and the quiet was so deep and still I will never forget it.    Only when we left the mountains hours later did I get to see the beautiful profile of the Chisos.  It really was love at first sight!   I have had that experience several times at the park since then, and always get a thrill out of that moment in the clouds.  

The most amazing animal moment was also a Peregrine sighting, but I was on Lost Mine Peak and a falcon was soaring maybe ten to fifteen feet out and just below.  It was on the Pine Canyon side and just very slowly glided by and then wheeled around and headed off toward the desert.  Believe it or not, it was on that same trip we saw the mountain lion.  Driving by Sam Nail ranch,  big kitty walks across the road in front of us...  wow, we were really glad to be in the car!  This I consider my most exciting animal moment to date.  

BTW, still haven't had the heart to pack away the BB map file from our trip in February, but I finally washed the car!



WOW Patti! What a lucky young lady you were for your first time! :D
Most adults are awestruck when seeing BIBE for the first time, but through a childs eyes it must be so much more....and to see those animals too!  :mrgreen:


Absolutely!  And I know it sounds corny but I really do thank God every day that I am a Texan!  :)


I thank the Force that I'm a part of this Universe.
Title: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: dumas on April 15, 2006, 09:48:48 PM
Aight!  You girls got me motivated... I'm gonna scan some images tonight from the pre-digital era.  All my Big Bend experiences have been great and I can't just single out one.  Stand by for my pictorial :D

(http://dumashellion.com/17001.jpg)
Title: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: Patti on April 17, 2006, 11:23:23 AM
Cool!  If I can figure out how to post a pix or two, I will, also!
Title: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: Bobcat on April 17, 2006, 11:34:17 AM
Quote from: "Patti"
Cool!  If I can figure out how to post a pix or two, I will, also!


Send your avatar pic directly from your computer via email to DavidL or RichardM and they will resize it for you and set it up.
Title: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: Anonymous on April 17, 2006, 12:01:36 PM
Quote from: "Bobcat"
Quote from: "Patti"
Cool!  If I can figure out how to post a pix or two, I will, also!


Send your avatar pic directly from your computer via email to DavidL or RichardM and they will resize it for you and set it up.


um..... avatar?
Title: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: Lemming_of_the_BDA on April 17, 2006, 12:07:11 PM
Quote from: "Patti"
Cool!  If I can figure out how to post a pix or two, I will, also!


Avatar=Personal pic under your screen name.

Look for this screen:
(http://www.bigbendgallery.com/uploads/files/picstick.jpg)

It'll larn you everything you need to know.
Title: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: Patti (as guest) on April 17, 2006, 02:16:22 PM
(http://www.bigbendgallery.com/uploads/files/resized%20Picture%20037.jpg)

How about that!   My boy and me holding up a boulder...   thanks for the technical help!
Title: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: Patti on April 17, 2006, 02:19:52 PM
Quote from: "Anonymous"
(http://www.bigbendgallery.com/uploads/files/resized%20Picture%20037.jpg)

How about that!   My boy and me holding up a boulder...   thanks for the technical help!


Of course, I forgot to sign in!  That's no guest, that's Patti :)
Title: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: Bobcat on April 17, 2006, 07:24:06 PM
Congrats on your technical breakthrough!
Title: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: 01ACRViper on April 17, 2006, 09:07:54 PM
my friend darren took over for ya'll holding the rock up  :lol:

(http://gallery.the-ac.net//albums/10/IMG_6691aa.jpg)
Title: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: JIMMYBUFFETT on May 08, 2006, 10:34:02 AM
Easily at the Hot Springs , but a story better suited for Penthouse letters .
Title: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: Justin on May 10, 2006, 09:32:43 AM
I have a lot of great memories, but one from my first trip ever in spring of 1996 takes the cake.  I had finally convinced 3 of my fraternity brothers that a Spring Break trip to Big Bend from our college in Louisiana was a great idea.  We were all geology or biology majors, so it would naturally be educational as well.  We rolled into the park in the afternoon and were lucky to get a permit for Nugent Mountain.  The first night was amazing... clear skies, complete isolation, desert sounds.  I think we all knew at that point that Big Bend would be a place that we would re-visit the rest of our lives.  The story we love to tell, though, began the next day.  We made our way down to Boquillas canyon and made the hike.  When we got back to the crossing, we thought, what the heck, let's just go across the river to see Boquillas.  We had no idea that the Park Bar existed, so you can imagine our delight when we got out of the back of the dusty pick-ups and found ourselves right in front of that non-descript building sporting its Carta Blanca signage.  We spent the rest of the day drinking 1$ beers and Sotol shots.  We were good and drunk by the early evening when the Mexican Army showed up.  Initially a bit concerned because of this sudden appearance of "authority" (we had crossed into Mexico illegally we thought) we were quite relieved when they wanted to challenge us to some pool.  Soon enough, they were as lit up as we were.  One of my friends played guitar, and some one showed up with a gut string - just like in Gringo Honeymoon - and we sang the night away.  When the bar finally closed, we suddenly realized that we were in a predicament as we had no way to get back across the river.  Some people at the bar tried to tell us that we could stay in Boquillas (they were referring to the Buzzards' Roost we would later learn) but being typical gringos, we were untrusting and thought it must be some evil plan to rob us or worse.  So, we hatched a plan and nonchalantly made our way down to the river (rather clumsily by this point).  We had decided on "borrowing" the local boats to get across.  The river crossing was indeed deserted by that point, but as we began to push the boat toward the water, headlights came on and a truck started racing toward us from the distance.  Two of the guys jumped in the boat and paddled for life while myself and the other stood there on the bank looking at each other in disbelief.  The only choice... swim. The water was really running then and there were even a few panic stricken moments when I couldn't touch the bottom.  We all ended up on the other side in one piece, but as I ran for my life... just knowing that shots were going to ring out over my head at any moment from the other side... I tripped in my water-logged boots and jeans and slammed myself into the desert floor.  My buddies came to my aid and we high-tailed it out of there and back to Nugent Mountain to recover.  I'll never forget that night when I became a "wetback" and tell the story often.  And the best part... the next day at the Hot Springs Village store we saw the boatmen (who knew they could just walk up to the store on the US side) and they just laughed and invited us back across.
Title: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: Casa Grande on May 10, 2006, 09:53:30 AM
that's a great story, Justin...the stuff legends are made from.  I was actually in the park during one of only 2 spring breaks ever in the park in March of 1996. I was taking two 14 year olds on a backpacking excursion in the high chisos....
Title: So...
Post by: SHANEA on May 10, 2006, 12:51:52 PM
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)
Title: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: chisos_muse on May 10, 2006, 01:33:06 PM
Justin, that is great! :D

Yes, yes....please post more! 8)
Title: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: Bobcat 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:
Title: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: WL2 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 Ďdad there are other national parksí.  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.
Title: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: Ray52. 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?


(http://www.bigbendgallery.com/uploads/files/BC2%20deer.jpg)

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.
Title: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: Ray52. on May 10, 2006, 09:21:46 PM
I don't know how that happened, anyway that doe's eyes were staring at me.
Title: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: Ray52 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.
Title: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: chisos_muse 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
Title: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: chisos_muse on May 10, 2006, 09:38:46 PM
Hey WL2 :!:

Great "amazing" story! :D
Title: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: Ray52 on May 10, 2006, 09:43:07 PM
Quote from: "chisos_muse"
Quote from: "Ray52."
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...
Title: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: chisos_muse 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:
Title: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: Bobcat 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


Deer me
Title: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: Ray52 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.....
Title: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: SHANEA on May 10, 2006, 11:20:01 PM
Quote from: "Ray52"
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?
Title: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: Justin on May 11, 2006, 09:58:56 AM
Quote from: "SHANEA"
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?
Title: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: homerboy2u on May 11, 2006, 11:32:11 AM
Quote from: "Justin"
Quote from: "SHANEA"
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.
Title: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: txrounder 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!!
Title: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: 01ACRViper on May 12, 2006, 12:48:28 PM
Quote from: "txrounder"
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. shoot, 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!!


my favorite military aircraft

the sound of the canon firing : :shock:  :twisted:
Title: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: txrounder on May 12, 2006, 02:42:13 PM
...mine fav also. Pilot was lucky...Ma & Pa RV'er would probably have filed a complaint. (he was waaaaay below minimum flight level) I just thought it was waaaaay cool. By the time I pulled over and jumped out to get a look he was looong gone- but not forgotten!
Title: Recon...
Post by: SHANEA on May 12, 2006, 03:09:56 PM
Probably doing a recon like in the movie Andromeada Strain....
Title: It was unbelievable...
Post by: sportsman500rse on May 21, 2006, 09:22:38 AM
but I'm sure others in the Basin saw it.

It was about 1985 I believe, camping in the basin with me future wife, brother, and sister in law.

Before dusk a massive thunderstorm passed over the basin from west to east and forced us to take refuge in the tent. It was a whopper, but only last a short time.

As the rain let up, we began to peer out the tent and assess the situation. What we saw was the basin still in over cast light but clearing to the west just as the sun beginning to set. As you know this usually casts an incredible alpinglow upon Casa grande. Indeed Casa grande was lit up with a beautiful warm red light! Above Casa grande was full arching rainbow, framing the mountain perfectly from our vantage point.

As if that wasn't enough, while all four of us were transfixed on this grandiose view the thunderstorm behind Casa Grande arched a huge horizontal bolt of lighting whithin the Rainbow's arch!

To this day it was the most incredible sight I've seen in nature anywhere, not just in Big Bend. I've got a lot more stories from my 30 years spent exploring the trans pecos and Big Bend. I'll share those at a later date.

Sportsman500rse
Title: Re: It was unbelievable...
Post by: Casa Grande on May 21, 2006, 06:14:08 PM
Quote from: "sportsman500rse"
but I'm sure others in the Basin saw it.

It was about 1985 I believe, camping in the basin with me future wife, brother, and sister in law.

Before dusk a massive thunderstorm passed over the basin from west to east and forced us to take refuge in the tent. It was a whopper, but only last a short time.

As the rain let up, we began to peer out the tent and assess the situation. What we saw was the basin still in over cast light but clearing to the west just as the sun beginning to set. As you know this usually casts an incredible alpinglow upon Casa grande. Indeed Casa grande was lit up with a beautiful warm red light! Above Casa grande was full arching rainbow, framing the mountain perfectly from our vantage point.

As if that wasn't enough, while all four of us were transfixed on this grandiose view the thunderstorm behind Casa Grande arched a huge horizontal bolt of lighting whithin the Rainbow's arch!

To this day it was the most incredible sight I've seen in nature anywhere, not just in Big Bend. I've got a lot more stories from my 30 years spent exploring the trans pecos and Big Bend. I'll share those at a later date.


Sportsman500rse



sweet!  looking forward to more!  welcome aboard :!:
Title: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: siegfried on May 22, 2006, 08:58:32 AM
Constantly amazed by the colors in the desert

(http://www.bigbendgallery.com/uploads/files/PB030094%20(Small).JPG)
Title: Perfect Moment
Post by: Buck on May 22, 2006, 05:04:22 PM
Every time I go back to the Big Bend I look forward to some new magic moment.  Iím usually rewarded with one, though they are seldom alike.  Itís difficult to choose a favorite from among them.  In this regard I suppose those memories are like old loves.  Each one is special, but different Ė unique in its own way.  At this sitting, one in particular stands out in my mind.  

Around 1995 I had been in the habit for several years of making solo pilgrimages to the park, usually in the middle of summer, where I would vehicle camp along the Old Ore Road.  I just liked the heat and the solitude, the first usually resulting in the latter.  On this particular trip I arrived at the bluff overlooking McKinney Springs right around sundown.  If you're heading south, just before you drop down into the drainage where the campsites are located, there is a nice spot of gravel on the right where you can pull over to take in the view.  An isolated thunderstorm had parked itself north up towards Alpine, and periodic bolts of lightening illuminated the dark blue almost black bottoms of the clouds while the setting sun lit up the puffy tops.  It was a spectacular sight, especially looking from the bluff across the black peaks and Tornillo Creek drainage towards the distant Rosillos Mountains.  It was perfectly quiet, and not a light could be seen except for those produced by nature.  I crawled on top of my old Suburban and laid back to watch the glowing throbs of lightening replace the colored popcorn cloud tops before the sun completely disappeared below the western horizon.  At some point I sat up and looked over my shoulder just in time to see the Sierra del Carmen slowly give birth to a full, summer moon as the glow of lightening softly lit up the ground around me.  The moment was like a first kiss.
Title: Re: Perfect Moment
Post by: Casa Grande on May 22, 2006, 05:45:05 PM
Quote from: "Buck Nekkid"
Every time I go back to the Big Bend I look forward to some new magic moment.  Iím usually rewarded with one, though they are seldom alike.  Itís difficult to choose a favorite from among them.  In this regard I suppose those memories are like old loves.  Each one is special, but different Ė unique in its own way.  At this sitting, one in particular stands out in my mind.  

Around 1995 I had been in the habit for several years of making solo pilgrimages to the park, usually in the middle of summer, where I would vehicle camp along the Old Ore Road.  I just liked the heat and the solitude, the first usually resulting in the latter.  On this particular trip I arrived at the bluff overlooking McKinney Springs right around sundown.  If you're heading south, just before you drop down into the drainage where the campsites are located, there is a nice spot of gravel on the right where you can pull over to take in the view.  An isolated thunderstorm had parked itself north up towards Alpine, and periodic bolts of lightening illuminated the dark blue almost black bottoms of the clouds while the setting sun lit up the puffy tops.  It was a spectacular sight, especially looking from the bluff across the black peaks and Tornillo Creek drainage towards the distant Rosillos Mountains.  It was perfectly quiet, and not a light could be seen except for those produced by nature.  I crawled on top of my old Suburban and laid back to watch the glowing throbs of lightening replace the colored popcorn cloud tops before the sun completely disappeared below the western horizon.  At some point I sat up and looked over my shoulder just in time to see the Sierra del Carmen slowly give birth to a full, summer moon as the glow of lightening softly lit up the ground around me.  The moment was like a first kiss.


excellent, Buck!  I, too, have seen exactly what you have described and in the exact same spot. Just replace the t-storm to over the chisos.....one of my favorite spots in the park :D
Title: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: homerboy2u on May 22, 2006, 05:55:47 PM
Sigfried....... I envy you. I have some shots of Sierra Del Carmen ,of my own to share. Will upload soon.
Title: McKinney Springs Inspiration Point
Post by: Buck on May 22, 2006, 08:32:42 PM
That's cool, David.  Here is a photo from that very site:

(http://mysite.verizon.net/bigbendbuck/trans.jpg)
Title: McKinney
Post by: Buck on May 22, 2006, 08:38:59 PM
...and one of another moonrise from, I think, the same spot:

(http://mysite.verizon.net/bigbendbuck/trans2.jpg)
Title: Re: McKinney
Post by: Casa Grande on May 22, 2006, 08:40:15 PM
Quote from: "Buck Nekkid"
...and one of another moonrise from, I think, the same spot:

(http://mysite.verizon.net/bigbendbuck/trans2.jpg)


that is fantabulous!   =D>

here's a pic of me and the chisos from that spot back in July 2003:

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Title: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: Picacho on May 24, 2006, 10:57:30 AM
My most amazing moment in Big Bend was followed by one of the most stupid moments.  Back in August of 1979 I was on a Boy Scout Trip camped in The Basin.  We almost didn't even plan on Big Bend because we thought it was going to be hot.  We only brought shorts and practically froze the first couple of nights because of thunderstorms and high winds.  Finally after the weather cleared up, the entire group went on a hike of the Window Trail while me and one other decided to go on a side hike.  Or bushwhack I should say.

We climbed up a gully that he had been part way up a few years before that ascended up between Vernon Bailey and Pulliam.  Unfortunately for us we had left The Basin at 4 p.m.  We dilly dallied around and finally topped out on the ridge at probably Pt. 6755 or close by.  We sat on the summit and watch the most beautiful sunset I had ever seen and have seen till this day.  

I took pics and we headed down.  We idiotically decided to go down a different way.  Next thing you know we were in darkness with no flashlight trying to make our way down the cliffs back to The Basin.  The lights seemed like a long way away.  Somehow after fights with cactus and cliff encounters we made it back.  The only thing we could do to determine if we had come up upon a cliff was to throw a rock and see how long it took to land.  Unfortunately I lost my camera on the way down with the pics.  I am sure it is still up there somewhere.  Maybe I'll go back one day and try and retrace my steps.
Title: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: randell on May 24, 2006, 11:33:37 AM
Quote from: "attm"
My most amazing moment in Big Bend was followed by one of the most stupid moments.  Back in August of 1979 I was on a Boy Scout Trip camped in The Basin.  We almost didn't even plan on Big Bend because we thought it was going to be hot.  We only brought shorts and practically froze the first couple of nights because of thunderstorms and high winds.  Finally after the weather cleared up, the entire group went on a hike of the Window Trail while me and one other decided to go on a side hike.  Or bushwhack I should say.

We climbed up a gully that he had been part way up a few years before that ascended up between Vernon Bailey and Pulliam.  Unfortunately for us we had left The Basin at 4 p.m.  We dilly dallied around and finally topped out on the ridge at probably Pt. 6755 or close by.  We sat on the summit and watch the most beautiful sunset I had ever seen and have seen till this day.  

I took pics and we headed down.  We idiotically decided to go down a different way.  Next thing you know we were in darkness with no flashlight trying to make our way down the cliffs back to The Basin.  The lights seemed like a long way away.  Somehow after fights with cactus and cliff encounters we made it back.  The only thing we could do to determine if we had come up upon a cliff was to throw a rock and see how long it took to land.  Unfortunately I lost my camera on the way down with the pics.  I am sure it is still up there somewhere.  Maybe I'll go back one day and try and retrace my steps.


Your camera is probably with the roll of film I lost while coming down from  Emory Peak.  Had some great photos on that roll of film.
Title: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: BigBendHiker on June 04, 2006, 09:39:01 PM
I think I had mentioned in an earlier reply of the moon coming in through the window....so bright I thought it was a spotlight.

Earlier that week, my son and I had observed the most amazing thing.  I had been raining on and off on our trip from Del Rio to Big Bend and so, there was an abundance of clouds and moisture.  We arrived on Monday and on Tuesday morning headed to the lodge restaurant for breakfast about 7AM.  As we were sitting there, up through the Window came these clouds (fog?) entering the basin.  It was the most surreal thing I had ever seen.


BBH
Title: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: 01ACRViper on June 04, 2006, 10:28:25 PM
Quote from: "BigBendHiker"
I think I had mentioned in an earlier reply of the moon coming in through the window....so bright I thought it was a spotlight.

Earlier that week, my son and I had observed the most amazing thing.  I had been raining on and off on our trip from Del Rio to Big Bend and so, there was an abundance of clouds and moisture.  We arrived on Monday and on Tuesday morning headed to the lodge restaurant for breakfast about 7AM.  As we were sitting there, up through the Window came these clouds (fog?) entering the basin.  It was the most surreal thing I had ever seen.


BBH


much like this :lol:

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taken from the slopes of pulliam, the last one showing how it was creeping up on us  :shock: :oops:
Title: 2001 Trip - Leonids
Post by: Vince T on June 04, 2006, 10:39:25 PM
It's so hard to pick one "best" moment in the Bend...but we were camping at the park - I think it was Nov. 2001 - on the night the the Leonids Meteor shower was supposed to be at it's height.

We went to bed early, and I rememer waking up in the tent (we were at Croton) and thinking that the desert was on fire.  I got up and unzipped only to see my friend standing in his underwear outside of his tent, looking at the sky saying, "This is amazing!"  It was cold that night, but for the next hour we witnessed one of the most amazing meteor showers many will ever see.  

Now...the next 4-5 could easily be #1 too...I just can't get the image of the sky all lit up - continuously - out of my mind.

If anyone was out there when that was going on, please confirm how unreal that was...
Title: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: Roger, Roger on June 23, 2006, 11:20:06 AM
Like many of you, I have a hard time picking just one.  

But I would go with my senior trip in high school, one portion of which was floating Mariscal Canyon.  It was May of 1996, and on a cool night there were 4 of us (including my future wife) that found a nice sandy spot to throw down our sleeping bags.  As we lay on our backs under the stars, in the most remote corner of one of the most remote places I have ever been, on a perfectly calm night, we talked about the future.

Technically, we were sleeping on the Mexico side, so I guess that isn't really a Big Bend story.  But I'll count it anyway.
Title: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: Roger, Roger on June 23, 2006, 11:28:31 AM
Quote from: "attm"
My most amazing moment in Big Bend was followed by one of the most stupid moments.  Back in August of 1979 I was on a Boy Scout Trip camped in The Basin.  We almost didn't even plan on Big Bend because we thought it was going to be hot.  We only brought shorts and practically froze the first couple of nights because of thunderstorms and high winds.  Finally after the weather cleared up, the entire group went on a hike of the Window Trail while me and one other decided to go on a side hike.  Or bushwhack I should say.

We climbed up a gully that he had been part way up a few years before that ascended up between Vernon Bailey and Pulliam.  Unfortunately for us we had left The Basin at 4 p.m.  We dilly dallied around and finally topped out on the ridge at probably Pt. 6755 or close by.  We sat on the summit and watch the most beautiful sunset I had ever seen and have seen till this day.  

I took pics and we headed down.  We idiotically decided to go down a different way.  Next thing you know we were in darkness with no flashlight trying to make our way down the cliffs back to The Basin.  The lights seemed like a long way away.  Somehow after fights with cactus and cliff encounters we made it back.  The only thing we could do to determine if we had come up upon a cliff was to throw a rock and see how long it took to land.  Unfortunately I lost my camera on the way down with the pics.  I am sure it is still up there somewhere.  Maybe I'll go back one day and try and retrace my steps.


I was just reading back through this thread, and this reminded me of the time my Dad, brother, and myself did the exact same thing on Mitre Peak North of ALpine.  Only we actualy did get stuck on the top of a cliff, and ended up on the cover of the Alpine paper the next week after some Sul Ross students helped rapell us off the cliff.
Title: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: Slowhand on December 18, 2006, 10:54:39 AM
Mine happened on August 20, 1997.  I was to turn 40 the next day, and I had decided I was going to do my first primitive camp out at SW4.  It was during the week and I had the South Rim to myself.  I got alittle buzz and sat there on the edge and watched a small, isolated shower drifting along the Rio Grande near Castalon.  After sitting there engrossed for about 30 minutes, I got up to go back to the campsite and was shocked to find a thunderstorm approaching from behind.  It was just the other side of Elephant Tusk and closing in fast.  I walked back along the rim about 150 yards and stood in amazement.  To watch an approaching thunderstorm from that high, with the lightning and churning cloud formations was just incredible.  I rode out the storm easy enough, but it turned the campsite at SW4 into a mud pit.  I wasn't prepared for that, and I decided to hike back to the basin that evening.  It was a good thing because the next day I discovered one of my radiator hoses had sprung a leak and I had time to fix it before heading back.
Title: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: Al on December 28, 2006, 11:15:48 PM
I would have to say it's the first time we drove out there from Houston.  I had never been in topography like there is in and around the park.  Being able to see for miles and miles.  Being able to hear a car coming for what seems like forever before it gets to where you are.  The vast distances and grand views are among the reasons I keep coming back.  I guess the one word would be - Grandeur.

Al
Title: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: txrounder on January 23, 2007, 04:32:48 PM
I have to agree with Vince.The Leonids in 2001 was the most spectacular night show I have ever witnessed. Camped in the Basin, I stayed up all night till the dawn finally faded them out. It was cold and damp, but awsomely clear and visble well into the dawn. A starwatchers club from Dallas was nearby and they sectioned off the sky and counted with hand clickers - over 200/min at the peak. They filled the sky like the Star trek scene when they jump to Warp, with occasional red or green Boloids that looked like they were going to wipe us out. The starwatchers took lots of photos but by the time I had slept off the missed hours they had packed and gone. I wish I knew how to contact them to see some photos, it is hard to make anyone believe just how awesome it was.
Title: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: Michael on January 30, 2007, 07:24:30 AM
My most amazing moment @ Big Bend would have to be waking up on top of the Chisos, campsite # 2, walking to the rim, looking out & having all of southwest Texas & Northern Coahuila, Mexico exposed before you. The twist & tuns of the Rio Grande were visable, Mule Ears, everything. Sunsets were also special from this vantage point.
Title: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: Casa Grande on January 30, 2007, 09:25:50 AM
Quote from: "Michael"
... campsite # 2.....


 :?: which #2 are you referring to?
Title: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: Vince T on January 30, 2007, 10:21:53 AM
Quote from: "txrounder"
I wish I knew how to contact them to see some photos, it is hard to make anyone believe just how awesome it was.


I feel the same way...I try to describe that to people and they just kind of go "uh huh"...but if you were there you would be going "WHOA"  "DANG" "OOOH"...it was truly amazing.

200 per minute at the max...wow...it was really something to see.
Just count to 200 in 60 seconds and you'll get an idea of how many that is!

I don't remember the dampness...but I sure do remember the cold.
Vince
Title: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: txrounder on January 30, 2007, 11:50:41 AM
Quote
I don't remember the dampness



towards dawn, I laid out in my sleeping bag and got pretty wet, but wouldn have missed it for the world!

Maybe someone out there has pictures...????????????
Title: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: Vince T on January 30, 2007, 01:27:23 PM
Quote from: "txrounder"
Maybe someone out there has pictures...????????????

Only if we're as lucky as we were that night, I bet.

Vince
Title: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: sleepy on January 30, 2007, 02:12:16 PM
For me, it was driving down Glenn Springs Road with my friends (Team Stinky) after we had dropped our water near Dodson Trail for our Outer Mountain Loop hike.  We were being chased by a thunderstorm but got caught.  Hail hit the roof so hard our screams of joy and fear were drowned out.  The whole desert was covered in white and a rainbow tailed out of the clouds.  It was my friends first introduction to the park.  I told them the place was magical.
Title: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: Michael on January 31, 2007, 02:07:51 PM
David asked which # 2 was I referring to. I believe it was SW # 2. It's the rim that is NOT closed due to perigrine falcon nesting at certain times of the year. I believe the one that closes is SE rim. I was on the other & if my memory serves me right that is the SW & it was site # 2.  A beutiful view, amazing.
Title: mine
Post by: MJ on February 01, 2007, 06:49:31 AM
late November / early December 2001 - did the Outer Mountain loop via the South Rim with my wife - we got snowed in after coming down from the South Rim and camping at the bottom of JC near the start of the Dodson - it developed in to a white out of blowing snow and about 4 inches on the ground - couldn't see more than 200 yards so I did not want to try navigating - we were mostly tent bound for 36 hours (late afternoon through the next day and night) - plenty of food and water, good gear, some books so no danger other than getting lost by trying to continue the hike in bad conditions - large tracks, what I thought were mountain lion, circled (about 100-200 yards out) the camp area - bonus is that it was my wife's first serious backcountry experience and she didn't divorce me!! - we were well and truly isolated already - the extreme conditions only heightened the sense of isolation and self-reliance - the snow was not in the forecast when we left on the hike - friends and family saw the reports and were eager to hear our story upon our return - on the way back to DFW we hit ice on the highway in Odessa - the safety and warmth of Motel 6 was never so luxurious
Title: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: Casa Grande on February 01, 2007, 08:53:57 AM
man, this is my favorite thread of all time. I'm glad it's still moving forward. I hope everyone on the board posts their own!  I love to live vicariously through your experiences  :D
Title: Moments in the Big Bend
Post by: mescalero on February 02, 2007, 10:27:33 PM
I can't seem to pin down my best moment, but I'll share some.  First, When I was eight years old I remember watching Hailey's comet from Grapevine Hills early in the morning.  I'd like to see it the nest time around also.  Second, sitting in the bar in Boquallas at sunset while Doris strummed away at Janis Joplin songs. Third, a solo night at Laguna Meadows and encountering a cougar.  Next, bivying the night out on Emory Peak  during harvest moon.  Truly, a land of extremes...
Title: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: TexasGirl on February 05, 2007, 01:56:30 PM
Well, only one trip--so far--to choose from, but there were many awesome moments.  I think in the midst of my misery on Pinnacles trail, being enveloped in a cloud of butterflies, was pretty well up there.
Title: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: jimbob on February 10, 2007, 01:15:47 AM
After coming to Texas in August 1979 for school, I drove to Big Bend at Christmas break. Just driving out, I was captivated by the landscape of west Texas and especially the park.  I camped in the Basin, intending to hike the Outer Mountain Loop.  The morning after my arrival, I drove over to Blue Creek Ranch to cache water.  The light and view during the ride over to and down Ross Maxwell Drive was special.  It was a clear and beautiful morning, probably not a lot different from many others but something entirely different for someone used to the eastern woodlands.  At that point I realized that BBNP was an exceptional place.  

The trip, the hike, everything was great but the memory of the ride over to Blue Creek Ranch is what really stayed with me.  I took the same ride last month on a clear morning after a front had come through. Neither the view nor my feelings about it had changed.
Title: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: riverrat on February 10, 2007, 06:52:18 PM
Only one trip for me as well but I'll never forget it...I was in a state of awe for most of the week so pinpointing the "most special" may not happen but one of the most memorable was captured in this pic of the moon setting over Terlingua. If I knew how, I'd post the video of the moment too but I am techno challenged. So I hope the still conveys the beauty of that moment.

Follow the link below and scroll down to the landscape pic.

http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/index.php?topic=2935.0

(Again, thanks to David for posting these for me.)
Title: Re: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: STARLITDARKNESS3 on September 24, 2007, 02:59:45 PM
I am so late on this thread, but what the heck..  My most amazing moment...  I have to say that waking up at 3am and watching the space shuttle break the atmosphere and travel over the north side of the Chisos and finally disappear on the other side of Lost Mine Peak was pretty spectacular.  The fireball and amazing contrail was something else.     

My most memorable moment.  In early 1999, my brother was trapped in a roof collapse and suffered heavy damage to his left leg. The Docs were close to amputating his leg and we pled and finally they said they would try to do something.  We thought he would not walk on his leg again. God knows how many operations later, he started to use his leg again. Slowly building up strength, but never regained full physical ability with it. 

About a year later and still undergoing treatment and therapy, I asked if he wanted to come along and camp with us.  He did, I thought he could stay at the Chisos campground while we went and did a few hikes.  He would have nothing of that and asked "where to".

Limping and straining, we traveled slowly and I could see pain in his eyes, but he never said anything.  That is, not until we were sitting next to the antenea at Emory peak.  When I told him we are here.  He raised his hands high and shouted "we did it, we did it!!!"   I realized that day what a feat it had been for him, a true struggle and show of dertermination.  To the many, its Emory peak, to my brother it is Everest.


I hope that all of us can one day find our Everest.
Title: Re: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: Casa Grande on September 24, 2007, 03:27:34 PM
I am so late on this thread, but what the heck..  My most amazing moment...  I have to say that waking up at 3am and watching the space shuttle break the atmosphere and travel over the north side of the Chisos and finally disappear on the other side of Lost Mine Peak was pretty spectacular.  The fireball and amazing contrail was something else.     

My most memorable moment.  In early 1999, my brother was trapped in a roof collapse and suffered heavy damage to his left leg. The Docs were close to amputating his leg and we pled and finally they said they would try to do something.  We thought he would not walk on his leg again. God knows how many operations later, he started to use his leg again. Slowly building up strength, but never regained full physical ability with it. 

About a year later and still undergoing treatment and therapy, I asked if he wanted to come along and camp with us.  He did, I thought he could stay at the Chisos campground while we went and did a few hikes.  He would have nothing of that and asked "where to".

Limping and straining, we traveled slowly and I could see pain in his eyes, but he never said anything.  That is, not until we were sitting next to the antenea at Emory peak.  When I told him we are here.  He raised his hands high and shouted "we did it, we did it!!!"   I realized that day what a feat it had been for him, a true struggle and show of dertermination.  To the many, its Emory peak, to my brother it is Everest.


I hope that all of us can one day find our Everest.

that's a great one about your brother, starlight.  one for the books.

and it's never too late for this thread!

btw--I was there during the space shuttle entry too!  I was camping at Paint Gap when it happened. :eusa_clap:
Title: Re: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: STARLITDARKNESS3 on October 01, 2007, 08:36:05 PM
Thanks CG, there are some memorable moments from every trip I have taken to The Bend but I have to hand it to my brother.  I know I could not have done what he did.  The pain during and after must have been unbearable, but it was all worth it to him.

I am trying to post some pics from old trips.. still learning here..
Title: Re: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: toejam on November 22, 2007, 07:19:28 PM
Sipping tequila on that big rock porch on the southeast rim...
Title: Re: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: em2 on December 09, 2007, 06:37:23 PM
October 18, 2004
Reaching the top of Elephant Tusk, not only one of my most amazing Big Bend moments, but probably one of the most memorable of my life.  Who knows how many people had climbed it before me, but according to the register jar at the top, I'm the 5th person to reach the summit (my buddy got to the top before me).  It was a pretty "amazing" moment.

Lots of others over the 30 years I have been going to BB, but I would put that one at the top of the list.
Title: Re: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: dubeaux on December 23, 2007, 01:44:05 AM
Howdy.  New here.  Probably should introduce myself on the thread for that but I saw this and can't resist posting.  This takes a few paragraphs to set up, but you'll see why at the end.

In January, 1972 I was a college student at home in Houston on Christmas break.  A buddy and I decided to go explore Big Bend before heading back to campus, so we headed out at 5:30 one morning in a '69 VW bug.  Going west on I-10 we soon ran into a state-wide blue norther and ice-storm that made our drive very slow and very cold.  San Antonio was a frozen wasteland by the time we arrived, but at least the traffic was almost non-existent, although the Texas Highway Dept. did a good job of sanding the roads down quick, so we didn't do too much skidding. 

The day was depressingly cold and grey; the VW heater was going full blast but we were still shivering (the floor was like an ice rink); the outside mirrors were perfect balls of ice, and we were already thinking about how miserable we would be camping out. We didn't have enough money to stay at the Lodge.  West of Sanderson, on U.S. 90, a bird strike broke the left headlight.  We found a replacement at the gas station in Marathon (times were simpler back then), then turned south on 385 for the final approach to the park.

In the late afternoon it was getting darker, greyer, colder with icicles hanging off the yucca, cacti and barbed wire. Probably around 20 degrees F with a northwest wind.  Near Persimmon Gap we stopped and got out so I could point and tell Greg, jumping up and down to stay warm,  "Lo! The mighty Chisos!"  I had been to Big Bend once before, with my grandparents, and thought I knew the lay-out. A few miles further on I had to admit my geography wasn't so hot - we had been looking at the Rosillos.

Panther Junction was closed so we headed up the road to the Basin, thinking this was a really bad idea.  The Chisos were sheathed in a heavy coat of grey, frigid, ice.  Sky, rocks, plants, road signs. No color anywhere. The peaks looked like giant refrigerator coils, and my soft young butt was dreading getting out of the bug to set up a tent in this frozen hell.  I was seriously thinking of turning around and fleeing back to Houston when we topped Panther Pass and looked down into the Basin.

We couldn't believe our eyes.

It was green, GREEN!  The rocks were red and the vegetation was GREEN!  No ice!  None. The surrounding mountains had completely protected the Basin from the effects of the storm.  I have never seen a more warm and inviting place in my life.
I don't remember if we shouted for joy, but that's what I was feeling, along with immense relief.  Our morale rose as high as Emory Peak in about five seconds.  We made camp, and though it got down to 19 that night, we had good equipment and were comfortable in our bags.  Next day the sun came out, things warmed up, and we hiked to the top of Vernon Bailey ridge (up through the hood-doo rocks), which I think is now an out-of-bounds area.  Anyhow we had a great trip, did the River Road in the bug, and I've been coming back ever since, dayhiking, backpacking, canoeing and camping.  I've had many wonderful experiences in Big Bend over the past 36 years.

But the single most amazing - no, magical moment, for me - was when I came over the pass and looked down into the Basin on that cold winter day.


Title: Re: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: benthegrate on December 28, 2007, 05:03:37 PM
SO hard to pick one...

Maybe it was my first trip to the park back in 92(?)

My parents and little brother and I were zone camping between the Boquillas Canyon Rd and the Ore Terminal.  In the dead of night we woke up to hear a pack of coyotes yipping and howling.  The sound got louder and louder until they were right in our camp, running between our tents, yipping and hollering the whole time.  They kept yipping until the sound faded away as they headed over the next ridge.

................... .......

Once, in the late 90s, I was looking around in a massive cave/overhang on Casa Grande, telling my friends stories about lost gold buried in a cave in the Chisos.  Legend says an old Mexican woman found the gold in the cave, but a demon shook the cave and caused it to collapse as soon as she touched it.  They said, "Maybe this is the cave!  It has a collapsed roof."  I said, "If there's any gold in this cave, it's buried under so many thousands of tons of rock, it'll never be found!"  My friend Jessi decided to get all new-agey-spiritual and say, "Well, let's just ASK the cave if the gold is here."  So we all stood in a circle and held hands and asked the cave if the gold had ever been hidden there."

We all must have opened our eyes at the same time, cause we all whooped and hollered and freaked-out simultaneously.

In a far corner of the cave stood something we had not noticed on our thorough search, but almost dominated the chamber now that we were aware of it.  There, in a spot that was bathed in sunlight from a jagged hole in the roof, grew a magnificent tree with sparkling golden leaves dangling from its branches.  Fall had long passed, but this tree was still covered in autumn gold.  (Wind couldn't reach it to knock off the leaves because it was far enough back in the cave.)  And as we crept closer, we saw that the ground beneath the tree was blanketed with yellow flowers (maybe dandelions?) growing impossibly from a quarter inch of dust on top of the boulders.  No real gold in the cave, but gold of a much more precious and memorable nature.

That's still the closest I've ever come to what I'd call a supernatural experience.  I swear that none of us had seen that tree before that moment, then all of a sudden, almost everything was golden.

................... ...........

I have so many...  Then again, every single sunrise over the del Carmens from the warmth of Hot Springs is life-changing.
Title: Re: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: Roger, Roger on July 25, 2008, 08:33:19 PM
Like many of you, I have a hard time picking just one.  

But I would go with my senior trip in high school, one portion of which was floating Mariscal Canyon.  It was May of 1996, and on a cool night there were 4 of us (including my future wife) that found a nice sandy spot to throw down our sleeping bags.  As we lay on our backs under the stars, in the most remote corner of one of the most remote places I have ever been, on a perfectly calm night, we talked about the future.

Technically, we were sleeping on the Mexico side, so I guess that isn't really a Big Bend story.  But I'll count it anyway.

I just want to thank David again for this site and specifically this thread.  I read through it about once every 6 months and it brings back great memories. 

The above is my single greatest.  But my second best would have to be Spring Break 1998 when I climbed Emory with my girlfriend (now wife and mother of my 3 young children) and two other friends.  We had come up from the Basin up Pinnacles, and dropped off most of the gear at a campsite (can't remember which one).  When we got back after summiting, the two of us guys began to set up camp and start drinking the box wine we had brought up for the occaision (stupid 20 year old college kids that we were).  Right about the time the two of us were getting our tipsy on, the girls decided they were scared about the bears and they were READY to go.  Right then.  So we packed up in the dark and hauled down to the basin, and drove all the way back to Alpine to a friends house, as we drank the rest of the wine.  Not really that fun actually, but I love thinking about the story.
Title: Re: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: mrlukeplease on October 16, 2008, 03:25:36 PM
Nobody said anything about the Aliens.

The first memorable moment for me was driving 385 south from Marathon this past June and seeing exactly one (1) oil-services pickup truck and one minivan full of elderly Missourians.

No other vehicles. No traffic jams. No endless line of Hummers waiting to pay their day-pass fees for Jellystone Park.
Title: Re: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: Undertaker on October 16, 2008, 03:37:03 PM
Standing getting rid of some water, and watch bear walk by about 15' away, very cool and will speed up the #1 and almost give you a #2. On side of road on way up to Chisos.  :icon_eek:
Title: Re: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: Peach on October 17, 2008, 01:04:28 PM
Being about 15 feet from a bear cub and then what I assume was momma bear on the window trail.  It didn't become amazing until I started to breathe again though  :rolling:
Title: Re: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: catz on March 03, 2009, 12:13:07 PM
My first trip to Big Bend was in September of 1980.  Total greenhorns, it was my first camping experience of any sort since Boy Scouts. We camped in the Basin.  The first two nights it rained hard and long.  Waking up after the first night, looking out the tent, and seeing the entire Basin surrounded by waterfalls was my first most amazing moment.  The second was, on day two, hiking through Pine Canyon.  The Canyon itself was amazing enough, but getting to the end and finding that waterfall--now, that was special.
Title: Re: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: Boojum1 on March 31, 2009, 04:05:50 PM
Well, last week I saw wild orchids in the park.  That would be my most recent amazing moment.
Title: Re: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: missourimike on March 31, 2009, 05:29:04 PM
Floating quietly down Mariscal Canyon...I think I hear a remote control jet just fly by over head....look back at a Peregrine Falcon rising up without flapping a wing.

 :eusa_think:


Title: Re: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: Casa Grande on March 31, 2009, 06:50:59 PM
Well, last week I saw wild orchids in the park.  That would be my most recent amazing moment.

Floating quietly down Mariscal Canyon...I think I hear a remote control jet just fly by over head....look back at a Peregrine Falcon rising up without flapping a wing.

 :eusa_think:




nice!  :eusa_dance:
Title: Re: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: alexander27 on April 19, 2009, 09:51:15 AM
my most amazing moment was when I was like 9 years old and me and my brother and my dad went to devils den. They thought I was crazy or trying to kill myself when we were there because I would run up to the very edge and look down. And I don't know how many of you guys have been there but its pretty strait down from the edge. So yea that was the most fun I have ever had in big bend.
Title: Re: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: bjbriggs on July 16, 2009, 04:22:32 PM
My most Amazing Moment in Big Bend was going down the Rio Grande River at high water lever in Mariscal Canyon and Tight Squeeze. :eusa_dance: :eusa_dance:
Title: Re: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: Undertaker on July 16, 2009, 05:18:44 PM
Standing beside truck around 10 PM road to basin, just finished off loading some beer downed at La Kiva, flipped on my headlamp and noticed the large black bear about 6-10 feet away, took a while for the heart to slow down.
Title: Re: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: RichardM on July 16, 2009, 06:02:10 PM
Standing beside truck around 10 PM road to basin, just finished off loading some beer downed at La Kiva, flipped on my headlamp and noticed the large black bear about 6-10 feet away, took a while for the heart to slow down.
I'd recite my usual line of always having your camera ready but I think I'll give you a pass on this one...
Title: Re: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: trtlrock on July 16, 2009, 07:59:01 PM
tip-toeing through Banta Shut-In, clinging to the sides, trying not to get my boots wet, and I hear:

"WHUMPF...WHUMPF...W HUMPF"  "CAAAAWWWW..."

Very loud, and remarkable fidelity (i.e. better than any film soundtrack on a killer A/V system)

A really big raven was slowly flapping through the Shut-In, about 10-20 feet above my head.

An aural experience I will truly remember for the rest of my life.
Title: Re: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: Undertaker on July 16, 2009, 08:06:16 PM
Did not have my camera in hand at the time Richard. :eusa_whistle: :eusa_whistle:
Title: Re: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: East Texan on July 16, 2009, 09:26:56 PM
I have just spent the last two hours reading this thread.  What a wonderful tribute to our glorious park.  Thank all of you who have shared your stories.  I've only been to Bibe three times and got a late start in life to an adventure that requires more stamina than I can muster.  ( I really want to get to the South Rim )


I think my most amazing moment was on my second trip in Feb. of 08.  The first night out, I camped at PC-1.  It was windy with some severe gusts.  All alone I watched the moon rise over the Carmens then sat out looking at the stars until about midnight.  Finally I decided to turn in and climbed into the tent.  Around 3AM the wind was blowing so hard I was afraid the tent would fly away.  I got out and collapsed it and spent the rest of the night rocking inside the truck.  When I woke up at sunrise the sky was covered with smoke and the smell was strong.  I later learned that there had been a huge grass fire near Odessa and the wind had carried the smoke into the park.  I got some amazing shots of the Chisos covered with the blue haze.  By 10 am the smoke was in Mexico and the park was clear.

I'm looking forward to my next trip in September with my wife this time (her first).  We'll be roughing it at the lodge but I will really enjoy seeing her amazement at all the sights the park has to offer.
Title: Re: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: badknees on July 17, 2009, 12:21:17 AM
The first Mountain Lion?, the first Black Bear?, sunrise on the NE Rim?, peregrines, golden eagles?, first time in the Quemadas?, summiting Casa Grande?, Cattail Canyon?, how does one choose when all of these moments are burned in my memory as clear and wonderful as the day they happened. I must admit that revisting and rediscovering with LGK makes them all the sweeter, but no....... I can't chose one over the other.....they are ALL the essence of Big Bend.
Title: Re: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: mule ears on July 17, 2009, 07:45:09 AM
I agree with BK they all add up to that unexplainable pull from deep in west Texas near the Rio Grande to go again and again.

For me it was maybe the first trip to the park and I woke up in the Basin after driving in, in the dark, and the sun was turning the cliffs a deep red and I felt like we had been transported to the middle of the earth.
Title: Re: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: Undertaker on July 18, 2009, 12:02:52 AM
East Texan we must be around the same age, a lot of young folks on this board. I am not dead yet. :eusa_dance: :eusa_dance: :eusa_dance:
Title: Re: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: East Texan on August 21, 2009, 12:34:09 PM
Undertaker: 68 here and still twitching a little.  I did make the climb in April to the Pinicles past the boot, to Colima trail, and then down Laguna Medows (about 8 miles I think). Next time I'll go to the rim.
Title: Re: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: whickums on August 21, 2009, 10:45:04 PM
Climbing Lost Mine last October in thick, heavy fog only to break through that fog near the top to reveal a clear, sunny sky.  The scenery from the end of the trail with all those clouds beneath us was really, really cool.
Title: Re: My most amazing moment
Post by: iCe on September 01, 2009, 11:21:04 AM
Mine would have to be looking out over the South Rim at the desert bathed in moonlight.

P.S.  I know what you saw!
Click Here if you want to cheat! (Richard, mister smarty pants!)

Ok, so I'll wait for you to finish your story before reposting my link.

Ditto... or maybe waking up at SW4 at midnight to the full moon filtering through the trees and shining in my eyes (no tent... it gets cold there in September btw). That's "why" I was looking out over the desert bathed in moonlight...  :icon_smile:

Now where's that popcorn...
Title: Re: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: Frogdown on September 22, 2009, 11:30:20 AM
My most amazing moment was encountering a band of drug smugglers on the Mexican side of the river.  This was many years ago but I remember it so well.  Looked like a scene out of an old western!  All iwith their weapons and ammunition belts.  Boxes wrapped and packed on mules.  Our guide told is to NOT take pictures!  Have had other memorable moments there but that is probably the frosting on the cake!
Title: Re: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: iCe on September 22, 2009, 11:44:01 AM
I saw something similar to that last month when I was checking out Boquillas Canyon. I decided not to haul me and my over priced camera gear down to the canyon because of  what was going on. I kicked myself in the rear for only bringing a 14mm lens... would have loved to have had something longer  :icon_lol:

My most amazing moment was encountering a band of drug smugglers on the Mexican side of the river.  This was many years ago but I remember it so well.  Looked like a scene out of an old western!  All iwith their weapons and ammunition belts.  Boxes wrapped and packed on mules.  Our guide told is to NOT take pictures!  Have had other memorable moments there but that is probably the frosting on the cake!
Title: Re: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: fartymarty on September 22, 2009, 01:45:52 PM
I saw something similar to that last month when I was checking out Boquillas Canyon. I decided not to haul me and my over priced camera gear down to the canyon because of  what was going on. I kicked myself in the rear for only bringing a 14mm lens... would have loved to have had something longer  :icon_lol:
So you saw weapons and ammo...??  :icon_eek:

All I ever see is a couple-three people trying to eek out a living selling sticks and bent wire shaped like scorpions. Maybe I've been lucky. I'll admit that when
I visit there alone it can be a little spooky since there is only one way in or out. I don't know Spanish so when I hear communication among those on the other side of the river it's easy to imagine this: "I'll watch the trail, you wade across cut his throat and take his wallet." I tell myself that next time I'm going to bring a small tape recorder to record their conversation and have my Mexican grandmother interpret it for me. I'm sure it will go something like this: "Hey you got any water left? I'm running low. Oh look here comes a tourist, think he'll buy any souvenirs? Nah, look at that dumb expression on his face, I doubt he can afford a pot to pee in let alone any extra money for us."
Title: Re: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: Frogdown on September 22, 2009, 01:52:25 PM
I assure you there were weapons (rifles and hand guns) and lots of ammo.  Like I said, "an old western," with the ammo belts over their shoulders and crossed.  I assure you it wasn't one bit humorous at the time either.  This was a long way into the canyons down stream from Boquillas.  My wife and I, and the guide and his girlfriend, all took it very seriously.  Six heavily armed men in that remote an area has no fun factor what-so-ever!
Title: Re: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: iCe on September 22, 2009, 02:32:28 PM
I can't say that the people that I saw were armed... can't say that they weren't. I was up at the peak of the trail to the canyon. Just sittin and watchin. I understood one word that was yelled at the singing (yep... singing... en espanol... pretty not bad too) going on downstream in the canyon... Coyote... That made me think that it wasn't about drugs... just moving people. Either way... best to avoid putting yourself in a bad situation...

I saw something similar to that last month when I was checking out Boquillas Canyon. I decided not to haul me and my over priced camera gear down to the canyon because of  what was going on. I kicked myself in the rear for only bringing a 14mm lens... would have loved to have had something longer  :icon_lol:
So you saw weapons and ammo...??  :icon_eek:

All I ever see is a couple-three people trying to eek out a living selling sticks and bent wire shaped like scorpions. Maybe I've been lucky. I'll admit that when
I visit there alone it can be a little spooky since there is only one way in or out. I don't know Spanish so when I hear communication among those on the other side of the river it's easy to imagine this: "I'll watch the trail, you wade across cut his throat and take his wallet." I tell myself that next time I'm going to bring a small tape recorder to record their conversation and have my Mexican grandmother interpret it for me. I'm sure it will go something like this: "Hey you got any water left? I'm running low. Oh look here comes a tourist, think he'll buy any souvenirs? Nah, look at that dumb expression on his face, I doubt he can afford a pot to pee in let alone any extra money for us."
Title: Re: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: fartymarty on September 22, 2009, 06:14:46 PM
I'm sorry if I wasn't clear Frogdown, I wasn't doubting you. I was just trying to get more details from iCe as he only said he saw something similar.

I can't say that the people that I saw were armed... can't say that they weren't. I was up at the peak of the trail to the canyon. Just sittin and watchin. I understood one word that was yelled at the singing (yep... singing... en espanol... pretty not bad too) going on downstream in the canyon... Coyote... That made me think that it wasn't about drugs... just moving people. Either way... best to avoid putting yourself in a bad situation...

(iCe)I think that it is likely that you heard Victor (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/index.php/topic,4587.msg42259.html#msg42259)
doing the singing. Unfortunately I have yet to hear him in person, I usually only get a guy yelling at me to please buy souvenirs.

 

Title: Re: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: Frogdown on September 22, 2009, 06:47:28 PM
LOL - not a problem.  When it happened it was just strange.  Hadn't even thought about it for awhile.  When the guide said "don't get your camera out," I knew we could be in trouble!   :willynilly:
Title: Re: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: iCe on September 22, 2009, 07:18:53 PM
That might have been Victor... A big (fat) older dude rode up on a burro. He got off of the burro, took the saddle and hackamore off and laid it on a log next to a gap. Put a backpack on and went through the gap, letting the burro run loose (though it didn't go anywhere). He wandered around, sang (poorly), yelled something down canyon (where the good singing was coming from), and generally just milled around, with a backpack on. About 10 minutes later two younger men/boys? rode in on horses... pretty fast. They didn't dismount and if they were talking I couldn't hear what they said. Pretty interesting.
Title: Re: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: Lorax on September 23, 2009, 10:10:09 AM
I was most amazed on a bike ride in Big Bend.  In the evening, while riding down the RMSD toward Castolon around sunset, I saw a deer off the left just past the Mule Ears turn off.  Soon I found myself among a group of deer.  Spooky while riding down hill at a good clip. They seemed unaware of me; spookier still.  Big Bend deer are small but I would want to run into one or vice versa.
Title: Re: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: red on February 04, 2011, 06:05:43 PM
i guess when I smoked pot on the rideg next to the Window pour -ff. Just kiddin'

I think I've had many memorable moments in the park. But, the time i was camped in Cottonwood campground listening to coyotes was one of the most memorable events.

I want 2 share my Big Bend blog too:http://thedesertprimeval.blogspot.com/
 :crossedfingers:
Title: Re: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: jeffblaylock on February 04, 2011, 07:52:05 PM
(Bears are boring)

I haven't had your breadth of experience, but I still think seeing bears in the wild is pretty exhilarating, and special.
Title: Re: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: Al on February 04, 2011, 08:22:15 PM
A bear charging into your camp down the side of a mountain is pretty exciting.  At least it was for me.

Al
Title: Re: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: Al on February 04, 2011, 10:46:30 PM
See, even Al is protecting his space! I love bears; once in Sequoia National Monument (not Park)
Shelley and I encountered eight bears in one day; in the Maderas Del Carmen we were surrounded by them all night. But except for Grizzles  (which I have encountered in the wild), they are not as exciting as a "pack of coyotes", a solitary Cougar, or a "twilight Rattler"! And if attacked, they would be number one!
QS

Indeed we did protect our space by yelling, screaming and waving our arms until the bear ran back up the hill!  (This was in New Mexico and not BIBE.)

Al
Title: Re: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: iCe on July 24, 2011, 09:14:26 AM
I just re-read this thread for the second time. What a great thread. In it you will find:

A sister's brother conquering his personal Everest
A successful marriage proposal
South Rim sunrise / sunsets
Undertaker taking a leak with the wildlife
Wildlife sightings that I envy (my best to date is a Javalina)
Thunderstorms and lightning
The days when Boquillas crossing was open
Almost too much information about the Hot Springs
Personal accomplishments
Undertaker taking a leak with the wildlife
Aliens. Nobody saw aliens BUT there was a post about nobody seeing aliens
Title: Re: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: old curmugeon on February 17, 2012, 08:35:34 PM
Two of us Climbed Elephant Tusk in 1967 or 68. On the way back down my wedding ring caught as I was jumping rock to rock and threw me off balance. Almost fell to my death. Took it off and seldom wear one now.
Title: Re: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: Juan Cuatro Lados on February 18, 2012, 08:49:00 AM
Was on one of our first float trips thru Boquillas Cnyn, stopped maybe 1/4 mile inside the canyon for some shade and r & r.  After a few minutes of dead silence we heard a great splashing, boulders rattling, dog barking, hoofs pounding coming upstream, couldn't see around the canyon wall to tell what was coming so braced ourselves and prepared for the worst.  Soon two completely naked young Hispanic men riding bareback and with no halters on their horses came whipping their horses up the river from bank to bank as fast as they could go - how did they keep from crippling the horses? - followed by a small white dog.  We were enthralled, these guys could have been Comanche warriors two hundred years ago.  They paused long enough to say "buenos dias", then whipped the horses across the river again and splashed around  a bend out of sight.  The dog tried several times to cross the river but the current kept sweeping it back and it finally gave up and trotted back downstream -- to where, we've always wondered?  One instance among many of surreal happenings in the outback....
Title: Re: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: steelfrog on February 28, 2012, 09:40:28 AM
Prolly the recent time when my Bro went up Carter, and I went up Gilbert's Promontory, and I got a perfect morning shot from Gilbert's Promontory of my Bro on top of Carter.  And I could turn around and look at Bryan's Falls.  Perfect morning and kinda epic!

That is--SO FAR!  More epicness will follow!
Title: Re: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: Homer67 on February 28, 2012, 12:08:21 PM
One of my most amazing moments was on our April 2010 trip.  I had not been back to Big Bend since '93, so I was pretty much a newbie again.  My wife and I were hiking down the Mule Ears trail when we encountered two very nice gentlemen from Minnesota.  We were fast friends and talked for a good while.  During our conversation they mentioned Indian Head.  We had never heard of it and wanted to check out Study Butte/Terlingua, so we went out there.  We hiked past the fence for a bit; I was unsure from the description of how far down the sights would be, and was a bit skeptical that we would find what we were after.  Then suddenly I turned a corner and there it was! --- that first large boulder with some fine petroglyphs!  It was truly a great moment. I shouted back to my girl "I found it!"  We had never encountered anything like it.  It was magical and I felt lucky to be there.

Title: Re: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: dprather on April 30, 2012, 09:50:43 AM
My backpacking buddy and I were camping on the Dodson on a high ridge just east of Fresno Creek in December 2010.  We were awakened during the night to see a lunar eclipse.  We have been told that the eclipse was the only winter eclipse in several hundred years.   
Title: Re: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: Dinohunter on December 16, 2015, 07:57:04 AM
I'd have to say that mine happened a few weeks ago on my latest trip when a coyote decided to walk along with me as I was finishing up a hike.
Title: Re: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: Casa Grande on December 16, 2015, 08:48:01 AM
Glad to see this thread resurrected!  Thanks Dino! Pretty cool experience.   I saw the space shuttle enter the atmosphere one quiet evening several years ago just before landing in Florida 15 minutes later.

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Title: Re: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: Dinohunter on December 16, 2015, 08:51:36 AM
It was an amazing experience. To have a coyote not 10 feet from me walk with me for 3/4 of a mile was just mind blowing.
Title: Re: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: tusker on December 17, 2015, 04:52:28 PM
In 1981, I was leaning against my car drinking beer in front of the old trading post at Lajitas and saw a meteor over Mexico in broad daylight.
Title: Re: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: Casa Grande on December 17, 2015, 05:04:58 PM
Cool!

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Title: Re: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: Jalco on December 17, 2015, 07:36:34 PM
On my last trip in September, I was hiking out to the Rim (via Laguna Meadows) for the first time.  Stopped to cool my heels (literally and figuratively) at the intersection w/ Colima trail.  Laid back against a rock and closed my eyes for a spell.  After a little rest, I opened my eyes to see a deer, not more than 10 feet away on the trail, staring at me.  Apparently, he got a whiff of my bare feet, decided I wasn't human and, therefore, not a threat and began browsing along the edge of the trail.  Any move on my part to reach for my camera in my bag would have spooked him, so I was content to watch him for the next 15 minutes as he calmly made his way up the side of the hill.  Thank you, Lord, for moments like these.
Title: Re: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: With Deacon on January 07, 2016, 10:14:48 PM
Since our second trip to Big Bend is next week, I thought I'd post two of my favorite memories from last year's trip:

1) In or just before Boot Canyon on our South Rim hike, we stopped for a lunch break.  I guess we were near a dry creek bed although we didn't really know that at the time.  We all took our shoes/socks off (similar to the poster above) while we ate and relaxed.  I noticed something moving in front of us, and I was like, "Well, none of us has shoes on so this is how we die."  But it ended up just being a few deer.  They walked by slowly, and we thought that was the end of it, but they circled around behind us and eventually starting eating some grass about 10 feet from us.  We didn't feed them (although I'm sure others do), but it was pretty fun to share lunch with some deer.

2) On our first day in the park, we got to Homer Wilson's Ranch right at sunset.  We met a young backpacker who quickly moved on to setup his camp for the night so we were left alone.  I'm not sure I'll ever forget how quiet it was.  While that quiet mostly continued for the rest of our trip, those first moments really stand out to me.  I can't wait to plant myself there at sunset sometime about a week from now.

I'm sure I'll have more memorable moments next week!
Title: Re: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: Casa Grande on January 07, 2016, 10:17:28 PM

On my last trip in September, I was hiking out to the Rim (via Laguna Meadows) for the first time.  Stopped to cool my heels (literally and figuratively) at the intersection w/ Colima trail.  Laid back against a rock and closed my eyes for a spell.  After a little rest, I opened my eyes to see a deer, not more than 10 feet away on the trail, staring at me.  Apparently, he got a whiff of my bare feet, decided I wasn't human and, therefore, not a threat and began browsing along the edge of the trail.  Any move on my part to reach for my camera in my bag would have spooked him, so I was content to watch him for the next 15 minutes as he calmly made his way up the side of the hill.  Thank you, Lord, for moments like these.

Indeed.
Title: Re: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: Bluetex on January 27, 2016, 04:26:57 PM
Well..... I have been going to the Bend since I was a freshman in HS. Since then I have taken many trips... but the one that stands out the most is when I decided to marry my wife. We had been to Big Bend a couple of times together. Over the years I had taken a couple significant others to Big Bend, none of which truly loved it like I did. Several years ago when I had just begun seeing my wife I suggested a trip to the bend, and whether I was doing it subliminally or not I guess that was kind of always my test. She had never been before and when I started to mention camping, tent, backcountry, hiking, she began getting even more excited. The trip went very well....and when she began planning our next trip before we had even ended the current trip I was in love!
Fastforward 2 years... We stood atop Emory peak, ontop of the world looking down at the beauty that is west Texas. I had been keeping a ring in my pocket the entire hike, just waiting for a good moment... well it was an amazing moment! After she said yes we both had a conversation about how seeing a black bear would be the icing on the cake. On the hike down we saw our bear. I like to think that was the Big Bend gods giving their blessing!
Title: Re: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: dprather on January 27, 2016, 04:59:41 PM
Well..... I have been going to the Bend since I was a freshman in HS. Since then I have taken many trips... but the one that stands out the most is when I decided to marry my wife. We had been to Big Bend a couple of times together. Over the years I had taken a couple significant others to Big Bend, none of which truly loved it like I did. Several years ago when I had just begun seeing my wife I suggested a trip to the bend, and whether I was doing it subliminally or not I guess that was kind of always my test. She had never been before and when I started to mention camping, tent, backcountry, hiking, she began getting even more excited. The trip went very well....and when she began planning our next trip before we had even ended the current trip I was in love!
Fastforward 2 years... We stood atop Emory peak, ontop of the world looking down at the beauty that is west Texas. I had been keeping a ring in my pocket the entire hike, just waiting for a good moment... well it was an amazing moment! After she said yes we both had a conversation about how seeing a black bear would be the icing on the cake. On the hike down we saw our bear. I like to think that was the Big Bend gods giving their blessing!

Sweet, sweet story
Title: Re: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: Andreas on January 27, 2016, 07:36:15 PM
I like to think that was the Big Bend gods giving their blessing!

Yeah, Big Bend works that kind of magic. Thank you for sharing this great story!
Title: Re: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: dprather on January 27, 2016, 08:16:23 PM
Well..... I have been going to the Bend since I was a freshman in HS. Since then I have taken many trips... but the one that stands out the most is when I decided to marry my wife. We had been to Big Bend a couple of times together. Over the years I had taken a couple significant others to Big Bend, none of which truly loved it like I did. Several years ago when I had just begun seeing my wife I suggested a trip to the bend, and whether I was doing it subliminally or not I guess that was kind of always my test. She had never been before and when I started to mention camping, tent, backcountry, hiking, she began getting even more excited. The trip went very well....and when she began planning our next trip before we had even ended the current trip I was in love!
Fastforward 2 years... We stood atop Emory peak, ontop of the world looking down at the beauty that is west Texas. I had been keeping a ring in my pocket the entire hike, just waiting for a good moment... well it was an amazing moment! After she said yes we both had a conversation about how seeing a black bear would be the icing on the cake. On the hike down we saw our bear. I like to think that was the Big Bend gods giving their blessing!

Interesting - you used The Bend as a primary sort for your love interest!
Title: Received clear FM radio broadcasts at Santa Elena Canyon parking area
Post by: wifiwanderer on February 14, 2016, 12:04:44 AM
In the mid 1990s, was leaving Santa Elena Canyon vehicle parking area and turned on the sound system to listen to a CD.  As usual, the radio came on first.  Normally, the radio played just dead air anywhere in BBNP.  To my amazement, a FM radio station broadcast came in clear on every graduation of the digital dial.  I heard clear broadcasts from Dallas, Albuquerque and other FM stations across the southwest.  Since that event, I made a point to check my radio anytime I visited Santa Elena Canyon, but just got dead air.  Asked visiting family and friends to check, but they've never heard anything, there over the radio.  I filed that memory in my brain's X-Files.
Title: Re: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: Freeleo1 on December 19, 2018, 08:29:14 PM
We were staying in one of the duplex cabins and getting ready to hike up to the South Rim for a day hike.  When we came outside a little before sunrise there was a big rain cloud coming into the basin. It split on either side of Casa Grande and we could see it falling down into the basin like a waterfall. That was pretty amazing.  We've been there during one of the big desert blooms. That was pretty cool too. A canyon wren singing at the falls, also 2 ravens sitting on a branch at the falls watching us and looking like they were discussing what to do.  Pretty much every time we've seen something memorable.
Title: Re: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: iCe on December 19, 2018, 08:57:03 PM
I finally got one of my kids (technically at 31 years of age, not a kid) to go to BiBe with me this year. My oldest daughter and I went. The plan was to hike Cattail Falls, the South Rim, and Santa Elena Canyon. Anything else would be and was a bonus. I led the way up the Pinnacles and on to the South Rim. At the last few hundred yards I slowed down and "retied my shoes". I motioned for her to keep going because I wanted her to top out first. When she got there I heard "Oh wow" and she stopped in her tracks and just stared out into the landscape. Like her dad, she gets plumb wordy when something overwhelming happens :icon_lol:  That made me very happy because I could tell that she got it and she would return. We made the entire South Rim loop, saw a bear track and some deer, and generally had a pretty nice hike. One of these days I may slow down enough that she'll lead the way. I'm in no hurry for that.

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Title: Re: What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
Post by: House Made of Dawn on December 19, 2018, 11:38:40 PM
At the last few hundred yards I slowed down and "retied my shoes". I motioned for her to keep going because I wanted her to top out first. When she got there I heard "Oh wow" and she stopped in her tracks and just stared out into the landscape.

Well done, Dad, well done.....