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La Linda,from the Mexico side

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Offline homerboy2u

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La Linda,from the Mexico side
« Reply #15 on: April 02, 2006, 09:29:04 PM »
Once were closing on our goal: The very bottom of the PIT, we started to gather around for our group shot to call it a day,get a sense of what the group had achieve,and get on our way back up to ground level.


 The group was slowly snaking around the circle for the shot.


  Once the group had theyr fill of the mine,it was "come and get it time"...time to catch some Grub, and on up we went.

Stay thirsty, my friends.

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« Reply #16 on: April 02, 2006, 09:35:38 PM »
Let me tell you, that by the group experience and all the trecking we have made along the time, this was a challenge to get back up again...all the twisting and turning to reach the surface was done not by  baby stepping,but with alot of effort adn team work.


 Some members, had to get of theyr vehicles and do some counterweighing so the 4x4's would not tilt to the edge...ADRENALINE RUSH AT  PEAK !!!
Stay thirsty, my friends.

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« Reply #17 on: April 02, 2006, 09:42:50 PM »
Once topside, the group headed to La Linda and My friend Miguelito.com (that's his nickmane) offered himself to chart the sign that read: La Linda.

  That sign was full of bullet holes and abuse.

Stay thirsty, my friends.

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« Reply #18 on: April 02, 2006, 10:28:38 PM »
Quote from: "chisos_muse"
Awesome story and pics, Homero, keep it coming!  :D Those last 2 pics look like something out of an Indiana Jones movie! 8)


 You couldn't have said it better Muse !!!

 We'll the group headed back to La linda for some more sight seeing, they went over to the church (no pic's provided), some ol' houses, the customs house and then they had theyr share of a good square meal provided by a good Gringa girl, who was chopping tomatoes and making flour torillas all day long on a dirt floor hut :wink:



 On the backdrop i can not figure what was the name of the mountain there..maybe some help?. But they told me that a good rancher from across the river, on the U.S. side offer the group water,that he had installed a  system to deliver it  from his house ranch all the way over to the bridge...can not confirm his identity...your comments welcomed here.
Stay thirsty, my friends.

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« Reply #19 on: April 02, 2006, 10:41:42 PM »
The bridge and La Linda had not seen so much activity since it's heydays . The gathering of the crowds was, for an instance, a good glimpse of how  that area should look, full of people going back and forth : tourists and vendors,good meals and Farmacias,a movie theater and all,a barber shop,offduty park rangers,kids shinning shoes..and what have nots,basically people enjoying the border crossing.


 But a big concrete slab, put us back on the real world and helped us get a perfect idea of the looong ways to go , before anything could ever be forseen as we wished for.



  Still we had to make the best of it,and took the opportunity to get some shots with our sons and daughters for the family albums and our webpage.
Stay thirsty, my friends.

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La Linda,from the Mexico side
« Reply #20 on: April 02, 2006, 10:46:55 PM »
4WD spelunking.  Very cool.  That photo with the Jeep entering the shaft is great.

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« Reply #21 on: April 02, 2006, 10:51:20 PM »
Once we had our share, we gather for our group shot and posed for what would be our first trail ride for the club...certainly, it would not be our last.


  Before we headed back for Muzquiz,my friend Rafael took this shot of one of our members, reminiscing of what could be if both our contries would get their act together  and really work together in order to turn the page to do something good for the area...but to no avail....IT WOULD BE LEFT ALONE...AGAIN
Stay thirsty, my friends.

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« Reply #22 on: April 02, 2006, 10:55:30 PM »
The group decided to take the long way home, they headed back to Old Muzquiz and once entering the city limits gathered once again for the club trail shot..it was a "big train line" ,if you ask me.



 But darn well served, for all the experience lived....

 Thank you all.

Homero
Stay thirsty, my friends.

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« Reply #23 on: April 02, 2006, 11:54:43 PM »
Bravo!  TOO COOL.  I think I'd vote this pics some of the best on the website so far!  I had no idea they mined the stuff so far from the border.  You mentioned that church.  I have longed  to know what it looked like up close and on the inside.  Everytime I see that church I think it looks like it was setup for a Clint Eastwood movie - maybe the Good the Bad and the Ugly or something like that.  I can just imagine John Wayne and Clint Eastwood riding up to it.  If you have any pics of the church, please post.  101% agreement on opening up the bridge - but the darn gringos in Washington will never allow it.  But, I suppose as long as the bridge still stands, there is a chance, ever be so slight.

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SHANEA

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« Reply #24 on: April 03, 2006, 12:03:54 AM »
I really enjoyed your pic



POINT-A - that is a hill where there is a little tiny trailer house - some say that DHS Border Patrol mans that to insure that no one crosses over.  Rumored to be motion sensors along the road and near the bridge - someone used to have a pic posted on some website years ago.  Everytime I've been by the tiny trailer house, someone is usually outside and I do have pics of what appears to be a pair of binoculars on a tripod.  

POINT-B that is the road that descends to the La Linda Bridge.

POINT-C that is the payphone that "someone" installed so that the people in canoes can call that they have reached the destination - or that is what I was told.  When we were there one time the phone rang and I picked it up and I presume it was a girl/lady on the otherside wanting to know if we wanted to come over.  La Linda was still "kinda alive" at that point in time.  I hung up and she called back.  Never did know what she was saying.  I jotted the phone number down and every once in a while I'd call it, just to see if anyone picked it up.  No one ever did.  Last time I checked, the phone was out of service.

Yes, I have seen the black pipes going from the US to the Mexican side, snaking around the guestapo barricades - I could only presume that it was water flowing across.

Of course, I bet if flourite was ever popular again, Dupont, or whomever owns it now, would get the mine cranked back up and the bridge reopened.

Where is VIPER when you need him?  What is flourite used for?  I'm too tired and lazy tonight to look it up.

Viva La Linda!

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La Linda,from the Mexico side
« Reply #25 on: April 03, 2006, 12:04:29 AM »
Quote from: "homerboy2u2"


 Some members, had to get of theyr vehicles and do some counterweighing so the 4x4's would not tilt to the edge...ADRENALINE RUSH AT  PEAK !!!


That made my heart beat faster just reading it.

Hijo![/color]

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Re: Points...
« Reply #26 on: April 03, 2006, 10:56:26 AM »
Quote from: "SHANEA"
Where is VIPER when you need him?  What is flourite used for?  I'm too tired and lazy tonight to look it up.

Viva La Linda!

From http://www.museum.state.il.us/exhibits/symbols/mineral.html:
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Fluorite is an important industrial mineral. The most common use is as a flux in producing steel. Another important use is in making hydrofluoric acid, which is used in pottery, optics, and plastics. Fluorite is also used in making opalescent glass and in enameling cookware.

A few other links:
http://www.seachem.com/products/product_pages/Flourite.html (Note the spelling)
http://webmineral.com/data/Fluorite.shtml
http://www.mindat.org/min-1576.html

Great report and pics!

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La Linda,from the Mexico side
« Reply #27 on: April 03, 2006, 12:20:23 PM »
Thanks Homer for posting your massive project here.  I really enjoy being informed of and see places I otherwise would probably not see.  That's quite a community of people you're involved with.  Community is very important IMO, often lacking for so many elsewhere.

BTW... back in the post about "the other bar in Boquillas"; when I was there in March of 95, it was just a drab, poorly lit(no windows on the front of the place as I recall), linear bar. And there was poor Jose, standing behind the bar waiting for the business that never came all afternoon.  I sat on the front steps with that Asian girl all afternoon and talked about many things,including,of course, every question I had about Boquillas. This included the non Mexican community that were residing there for various reasons.  I did see a couple of solar panels up in the village.  Also, watched the oil drums being towed by rowboat from the US to Boquillas landing.  It occurred to me that different types of goods might be transported in these drums(thinking of necessary supplies here).  Anyway. Keep your pics and info coming, Homer.   Bob...ahhh....Gato
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« Reply #28 on: April 03, 2006, 01:29:26 PM »
More on the other bar in Boquillas - If I remember correctly it was called the Del Norte, and as Bobcat said was a narrow, linear room with two doors and maybe a window. I never spent much time in the Park Bar, but I drank a few cervezas in the Del Norte.

It was just down the street from Jose Falcon's place, where you could get tacos and beer and a few souvenirs. Jose Falcon was in a wheelchair (some sort of train accident, if memory serves) but always had a smile on his face and friendly words. I believe he passed away a few years ago.

The Del Norte bar, when I used to spend time there in the 70s, was owned by the Padilla family.  One of the Padilla sons worked as a cook in the Basin Lodge, and it seems like his name was Jose. I wonder if it could be the same Jose?  

The Del Norte bar was also a general store, and I used to drink beer there and watch the locals come in and make small purchases. They could run a tab, and the tabs were kept in chalk on the counter.  They also sold bottles of sotol, and was where I got my sotol.

I never saw any Asian girl, or other gringos for that matter, except for the tourists.  It was also before any solar panels, but there were the inoperable street lights in front of the then-new customs and immigration station.  

It and the street lights were built when there was talk of running electricity from the U.S. side over to Boquillas, and of building a bridge.  There was opposition to these plans (the Sierra Club was very vocal as I remember - maybe Shane has more info on this?) and obviously it never happened.

I miss visiting Boquillas, and I feel sad knowing that a hard life has become even harder for the people there.
The real desert is a land which reveals its true character only to those who come with courage, tolerance and understanding. - Randall Henderson

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« Reply #29 on: April 04, 2006, 07:06:59 PM »
Quote from: "SHANEA"
Bravo!  TOO COOL.  I think I'd vote this pics some of the best on the website so far!  I had no idea they mined the stuff so far from the border.  You mentioned that church.  I have longed  to know what it looked like up close and on the inside.  Everytime I see that church I think it looks like it was setup for a Clint Eastwood movie - maybe the Good the Bad and the Ugly or something like that.  I can just imagine John Wayne and Clint Eastwood riding up to it.  If you have any pics of the church, please post.


 Thank you Shane...coming from  you means a lot to me. Sorry on those ?Church pic?s, nobody took pictures of it. But i will go back this summer again,lots of pictures i will post.

  Sure wish you could add your pictures of la linda here on trip rep?rt. It would look very complete,i assure you. :)
Stay thirsty, my friends.

 


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