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Offline Goldilocks

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« on: April 20, 2007, 06:53:59 PM »
Hi everyone!  I do a lot of reading about the Big Bend area and sometimes come across a paragraph or saying that makes me laugh, or makes me think, or that I think is beautiful.  I thought it might be fun to have a place to post some of these.  Here is one that I read this week.

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There are no true forests except upon the tips of the higher peaks, but shrubby plants abound, which are as strange and unfamiliar as the names they bear.  Each of these plants is armed with thorns.  You are wounded, caught, held, or anchored by this spiteful vegetation at every step away from the beaten trails...One is roasted unmercifully by day by 130 degrees of sunshine, and cooled almost to the freezing point at night.  These great extremes of temperature shatter even the very rocks into fragments.


This description is from Robert T. Hill in 1901.  I think Edward Abbey has an even better one but I can't find it right now.  

Enjoy!   :lol:

(Hey, it's my 199th post!!) :lol:  :cool:

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« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2007, 04:04:32 PM »
Here is one from Kenneth Baxter Ragsdale (1976)

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Boundaries in the Big Bend are vague and fluid; it is variously a place, a state of mind, and at times an illusion.  Paradoxical views reflect different tastes and different experiences.  It is a heaven or a hell, a land of serene beauty or barren ugliness, a place of soothing solitude or haunting loneliness...

The Big Bend allows no winners; there are only survivors.

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« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2007, 04:23:34 PM »
Hi Goldilocks!
Great thread!  One of my favorites is from the book "Lizards on the Mantel, Burros at the Door - A Big Bend Memoir" by Etta Koch with June Cooper Price.  In Chapter 1, she is talking about seeing the Basin for the first time and her words capture the magic of BIBE for me:

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You need to see this place to experience the awesome moment when your heart stands still and your whole body seems to swell—almost to soar. The scene was so unexpected, so spectacular, we gasped as we saw for the first time this view of incredible beauty. As we topped the divide we could look down into a small bowl of a valley where typical government barracks were clustered like so many toy houses. The valley was surrounded by sparsely vegetated mountains spiked with pink rock formations that rose on all sides in rugged spires and cliffs.

At the far end of the valley, beyond the winding road, our eyes settled on a cleft in the ring of mountains—the Window—and through this window we could clearly see another world.

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« Reply #3 on: April 29, 2007, 04:42:05 PM »
Hi BBH!  

I love that paragraph from Etta Koch as well.  The whole book was good.  I remember reading that paragraph several times as she does seem to capture that first moment of seeing the basin so well.

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« Reply #4 on: April 29, 2007, 09:10:16 PM »
These are great!  Thanks contributors!

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« Reply #5 on: April 30, 2007, 08:05:45 PM »
David quotes Ludwig Bemelmans (1956) at the top of Virtualbigbend.com.  I thought I would share the whole paragraph with you.  

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In a lifetime spent in traveling, here I came upon the greatest wonder.  The mantle of God touches you; it is what Beethoven reached for in music; it is panorama without beginning or end.  
  No fire can burn so bright, no projection can duplicate the colors that dance over the desert or the bare rock formations that form the backdrop.  No words can tell you, and no painter hold it.  It is only to be visited and looked at with awe, it will make you breathe deeply whenever you think of it, for you have inhaled eternity.  


Beautiful and true....

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« Reply #6 on: May 01, 2007, 06:10:54 AM »
Thanks, Goldilocks!  Those words so clearly speak to the essence and beauty of Big Bend.


BBH

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« Reply #7 on: May 01, 2007, 08:14:55 AM »
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We reached Persimmon Gap at late noon and there we got our first view of the Chisos Mountains. There is a strange, mystic beauty about that mountain range, something compelling and mysterious that grips you the first time you see it and never afterwards leaves you. – J.O. Langford
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Wendell (Garret Dillahunt): It's a mess, ain't it, sheriff?
Ed Tom Bell (Tommy Lee Jones): If it ain't, it'll do till the mess gets here.
--No Country for Old Men (2007)

 


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