I renamed this thread so it would better explain when we'll be there. Christmas Break 2007 may have been misleading. Thanks!
After looking at our calendars for the upcoming 07-08 school year (I work for the district) we have determined that our next trip to BIBE will have to occur during Christmas Break. (Hubbie doesn't think summer would be a good time for BIBE. He has problems dealing with the heat.) I have already reserved a room at the lodge for 5 night beginning New Year's Eve. We talked about camping but decided we'd go the easy, albeit, expensive route this time. It will probably be just hubbie and me. Kids are working now so them getting off for a week at the same time prob won't happen. Besides, I'm selfish. We need the "alone" time.
Now that lodging is set, what to do? Hubbie wants to tackle Emory Peak and I want to do Ernst Tinaja, as well as The Window. As far as I have read, Emory will take up a good hunk of a day. (We don't ever hurry and just aren't fit enough to not take several "sightseeing" breaks on longer hikes.
) The other two mentioned are fairly short so might could do both of them in one day.
We did Santa Elena and Boquillas on our first trip. Either one would bear a repeat, I'm sure. We didn't do any side ventures, though, just there and back. We drove the length of Old Maverick Road but didn't stop to look at anything. So, that would be some thing to try. I will look into renting a jeep for that, though. My suburban still has not gotten over all that jarring!!! I don't think anything fell off but I wouldn't bet on it!
My biggest question concerns NY's eve. I found that Far Flung does a "party" overnight rafting trip at a cost of @ $350 per person. Do you reckon it would be worth it? Since it is the only time we would ever do that, we can go the money. I just want to know we will be getting our money's worth. Is there something better going on? ( We love live music but do not drink anymore.So, a "full on party" isn't necessay. I just liked the sound of a guided river tour.) Yes, I know it's early but I like to have all my ducks in a row, at least as far as possible. If we were to do this raft trip we would forego a night in the Basin and find somewhere else to stay the night before since we would have to be at their office in Terlingua (?) by 8am. Any suggestions there, too, are invited and most welcomed.
I know that with your input and suggestions, we will have a great start to a New Year! I am open to all suggestions, BTW. Thanks ahead of time!!