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Whirlwind Trip to the Bend!

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Offline RikD

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Re: Whirlwind Trip to the Bend!
« Reply #15 on: June 01, 2011, 01:02:42 PM »
Has anyone roasted a sotol heart?  I am intrigued by that; they have a diagram of a roasting pit up on Sotol Vista...perhaps something like a roasted artichoke heart?

Supposedly it also ferments easily, one only needing to soak the sotol in water; Naturalist's Big Bend describes the taste of sotol (the liquor) as somewhat like a mix of kerosine and hair oil.

Sorry, the mention of bears eating sotol hearts just brought back dreams and notions of hunting/gathering in the Chihuahuan Desert...

Big Bend is a challenging environment for these animals under normal conditions.  With the lack of rain for about 9 months has just pushed things to the limit - at least that's the sense I had.  This bear cub was just jogging along the edge of the paved road, as if he'd just come out of the camping area.  Could be that his hunting/gathering was focused on what campers had brought in.  Then again, it could have been the sotol...

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Offline steelfrog

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Re: Whirlwind Trip to the Bend!
« Reply #16 on: June 01, 2011, 02:27:20 PM »
Mama and 3 cubs were hanging around this spot for quite a while.  Over an hour on and off.  Also were at LMT trailhead quite a bit.

Anyone know if the rangers do anything to provide water or food at a place out of the way of tourists?

 


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