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Offline Bobcat

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What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
« Reply #45 on: April 15, 2006, 08:19:53 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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Offline dumas

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What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
« Reply #46 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


Offline Patti

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« Reply #47 on: April 17, 2006, 11:23:23 AM »
Cool!  If I can figure out how to post a pix or two, I will, also!

Offline Bobcat

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What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
« Reply #48 on: April 17, 2006, 11:34:17 AM »
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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.
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What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
« Reply #49 on: April 17, 2006, 12:01:36 PM »
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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?

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« Reply #50 on: April 17, 2006, 12:07:11 PM »
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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:


It'll larn you everything you need to know.

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« Reply #51 on: April 17, 2006, 02:16:22 PM »


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

Offline Patti

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« Reply #52 on: April 17, 2006, 02:19:52 PM »
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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 :)

Offline Bobcat

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« Reply #53 on: April 17, 2006, 07:24:06 PM »
Congrats on your technical breakthrough!
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Offline 01ACRViper

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« Reply #54 on: April 17, 2006, 09:07:54 PM »
my friend darren took over for ya'll holding the rock up  :lol:


Offline JIMMYBUFFETT

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What is Your Most Amazing Moment in Big Bend?
« Reply #55 on: May 08, 2006, 10:34:02 AM »
Easily at the Hot Springs , but a story better suited for Penthouse letters .
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Offline Justin

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« Reply #56 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.
"I was wishing that the world would stop... when you said we'd better go"

Offline Casa Grande

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« Reply #57 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....

Offline SHANEA

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« Reply #58 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)

chisos_muse

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« Reply #59 on: May 10, 2006, 01:33:06 PM »
Justin, that is great! :D

Yes, yes....please post more! 8)

 

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