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Big Bend National Park Q&A => Hiking the Desert => Topic started by: Verduretiger on June 30, 2017, 12:25:48 PM

Title: Long Time No Visit
Post by: Verduretiger on June 30, 2017, 12:25:48 PM
It has been several years since I have visited this site and Big Bend.  Having made many trips to Big Bend over the last 30 years -  I am now 70 years old.  I was asked 3 years ago to move to Atlanta to start up a new trust department for a large Atlanta based bank.  That has taken all of my time and sucked a lot of the life out of me. 

No more.  I have lost over 30 pounds and armed with the latest in ultra-light backpacking gear (developed a bad back when I was over weight), I am taking my son and 8 year old grandson to Big Bend the day after Christmas.  A long drive for me (they live in New Orleans) but excitement abounds.  Jeep camping in the back country and a couple of overnight backpacks await me. 

Truly looking forward to the visit and getting back into this site. 
Title: Re: Long Time No Visit
Post by: mule ears on June 30, 2017, 12:49:11 PM
Welcome back Verduretiger!  I was thinking the other day we had not heard from you in a while.  Glad to hear that you are ready to get back out there and introducing the younger folks too!
Title: Re: Long Time No Visit
Post by: dprather on June 30, 2017, 12:59:39 PM
Great to hear how you are doing.

Great, also, to hear about your upcoming trip.

How did you lose that weight?
Title: Re: Long Time No Visit
Post by: Jalco on July 01, 2017, 06:52:22 PM
Welcome back!!
Title: Re: Long Time No Visit
Post by: alan in shreveport on July 02, 2017, 07:32:46 AM
So whats on the agenda ?
Title: Re: Long Time No Visit
Post by: Verduretiger on July 03, 2017, 01:06:18 PM
It is good to be back to the site for several reasons:
Business is good enough where I can take some time off
I miss Big Bend and I get to introduce my grandson to this masterpiece
I am in much better physical shape - hired a nutritionist who finally convinced me it was not a diet but a lifestyle change (70 years old and making a lifestyle change)
Hired a personal trainer to bust my butt 3 days a week - 32 pounds and still counting.

My plan is to do spend a couple of nights out on the Dodson trail maybe starting at the Juniper/Dodson trailhead, then go down Smoky a ways and then around to the ranch house.  Nothing too terrible but getting back into the desert side of things.  I really like the desert better that the mountains.   Then do some jeep camping then maybe an overnight down to Dominquez if water reports are favorable.   

I am too old to go back down Fresno Creek to the plunge pools.  I will let the younger guys do that.