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I'm happy to report that everyone that we encountered on this most recent forey into BIBE was very friendly and most wanted to stop and yack on the trail. There were a lot of Germans there this year, and it was not a "tour bus". They were all individuals. My hiking buddy questioned as to why all the Germans would be there when they have the alps to hike in?
why all the Germans would be there
The Luftwaffe used to and may still have a unit at Fort Bliss.Germans love Texas ("wild west").
As an alien on the board I have to add my two cents. I've been hiking a lot both in Europe and in the States, and my impression is that hikers in America seem surprised at my "hello" more often than hikers in other countries. It is like they don't know what to do with my greetnigs #-o . But it doesn't happen too often, and then even less on trails in the West or Southwest than, say, in the Smoky Mountains NP or in Florida (in this, now my, state, a hiker with a heavy backpack is still a curiosity for many people, I guess...).Alien
Oh yes, Muse, you can have some fantastic hikes in FL (and, of course, you can be scantily clad and sip whatever whilehiking!). I was in despair when I learned that my life is putting me in Florida. But I discovered many really beautiful preserves with nice trails here (it's not the Everglades which provide the best hikes), and I can backpack for three, four days in total solitude. It is different to hiking anywhere else, and although I always thought I was a "mountain man," I'm becoming very fond of Florida's nature (i.e. what's left here). Anytime you are here, Muse, I will be more than glad to help you with finding some great hikes. But now I'm afraid of the Purgatory, so I won't say more about Florida on this Big Bend board
I don't usually run into many people at all. I talked with a nice couple (from the northeast, of all places ) for about 30 minutes in Pine Canyon.
I just have to find the right page here to introduce myself properly.That is of course if there is a proper way to do that. (?)Gilligan
I greet ,say hello, howdy, Hi to just about everyone and anyone.I just have to find the right page here to introduce myself properly.That is of course if there is a proper way to do that. (?)Gilligan
Seems like the Europeans are more adventurous and willing to get out into the great outdoors. We met a couple in Feb. from England, Nottingham I believe. They were camping at Terlingua Abaja after spending a couple of days at Solis. Had a great time talking to them. They were in a Renault Turbo RV that they had shipped over from England, picked up back East, and were in the midst of spending A YEAR travelling around the country. I was very impressed with their vehicle, very self contained yet compact. Looked like a Fed-Ex van only with extremely high ground clearance. They said it got 22 mpg!!! 22!!! My piddly little F-150 only gets 14 on a good day and they were getting 22 in an RV!!! Is Detroit lying to us? How come the Euro's get better milage? And the US companies can't figure out why people don't want to buy from them.
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