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Planning an August Trip

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Planning an August Trip
« on: July 19, 2007, 06:04:24 PM »
It looks like I'm not going to be able to do my traditional Thanksgiving trip this fall, so I have been given the green light from the "Minister of Domestic Affairs" to take an August trip. As long as I can organize the work obligations, it looks like I can stay about a week starting on the 17th or so of August. With the scarcity of summer visitors I suspect it won't be hard to get a primo backcountry permit for about 2 nights on the Rim.

My 10 year old daughter, who is a 5 time Bender, is psyched for the trip. We'll be looking at the rest of the trip for morning dayhikes. I want to get over to Indian Head on this trip. (Sounds like a good day to combine with a shower)

Any good suggestions for morning desert hikes would be good.
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« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2007, 01:34:30 PM »
Good morning hikes might include a trek down to the Window in the Basin.  If the road down to Terlingua Abajo is good, the hike down there is lots of fun - rocks to skip on the water, ruins across Terlingua Creek depending on if she likes that sort of thing.  Also, there is the hike in Santa Elena Canyon.  Being a 5-time Bender she may have seen all this.  Backcountry hikes?  Well, that's a whole 'nother subject.  The Perseid meteor shower may be on the wane by the time you get there but I've never not seen plenty of shooting stars in the desert at night.  There are also morning programs listed on the BBNP bulletin board  she might like to attend.  Have fun!

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Planning an August Trip
« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2007, 05:28:13 PM »
My wife, son and I went to BIBE in Aug 2004.  Had a great time.  Soem good, early morning hikes would include:
Chimneys Trail.
Grapevine Hills (to the balancing rock).


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« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2007, 12:45:04 PM »
I've managed to carve out a few days for an end of summer trip to BIBE. Will be heading out on the morning of the 18th for about 6 days. I typicaly am tied to school holidays (Thanksgiving and Spring Break), and usually have to arrive early just to get a campsite in the Basin.

Question: Does the Basin crowd up much this time of year? Can I arrive in the afternoon and get a decent site? (don't want to get stuck by the dump station). Or should I plan to arrive early in the morning?

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Planning an August Trip
« Reply #4 on: August 09, 2007, 05:58:18 PM »
you should have no problem getting a campsite in the afternoon.  it's going to be hot in the desert (although I was there last month and spent the last night at Paint Gap 1 and was chilled before first light).  Basin should be fairly quiet.  should be.
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