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« Reply #30 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.

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« Reply #31 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!
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Re: Bear
« Reply #32 on: March 16, 2006, 10:22:54 PM »
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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.

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« Reply #33 on: March 17, 2006, 09:17:01 AM »
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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. :)

See also the full-size pic

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« Reply #34 on: March 17, 2006, 10:03:57 AM »
i don't know, it looks more like Bigfoot to me!   :lol:

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Zen moment with a peregrin
« Reply #35 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:

"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.
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« Reply #36 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:

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What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
« Reply #37 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.
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« Reply #38 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:
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« Reply #39 on: March 28, 2006, 06:42:18 PM »
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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:

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« Reply #40 on: March 28, 2006, 07:23:37 PM »
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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.
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What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
« Reply #41 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!

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« Reply #42 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:

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« Reply #43 on: April 15, 2006, 06:32:18 PM »
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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!  :)

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« Reply #44 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)

 

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