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Over-estimating your experience or under-estimating the terrain in a place like Big Bend can result in serious injury or death. Use the information and advice found here wisely. Climb/Hike/Camp/Drive at your own risk.

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Offline tjavery

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« Reply #15 on: July 12, 2007, 04:24:01 PM »
Quote from: "Casa Grande"
...10. Do everything all over again with my son for the first time.

Now that's a good one!!! I'm definitely putting that at the top of my list. I'm taking our little booger to the park in about 2 months :D

Quote from: "jamesb"
...2. casa Grand (the peak, not the guy who runs this place)...


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...I want to basically live there for 5 to 10  years and explore about every inch of the place, but unfortunately I have bills to pay. so its gonna take me a long time.

I'm with ya there. Perhaps during retirement? I've been dropping hints to my wife that I'd love a place in the Terlingua area :D But that will be many, many moons from now...

I'm dying to see just about any place of the park right now. Whether I've seen it before or not, it doesn't matter. Just the experience of being outdoors there and staying a night or more in a tent is amazing.


Offline jeffblaylock

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« Reply #16 on: July 12, 2007, 07:32:34 PM »
1. Indian Head
2. Marufo Vega
3. Loop through the Sierra Quemadas, from Blue Creek to Dominguez Spring to the Mule Ears, roughly
4. Toll Mountain
5. Photograph black bears and a mountain lion
Jeff Blaylock
Austin, Texas

"We'll be back, someday soon. We will return, someday, and when we do the gritty
splendor and the complicated grandeur of Big Bend will still be here. Waiting for us."--Ed Abbey



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« Reply #17 on: July 12, 2007, 07:47:14 PM »
I don't have a list, but since I've lived there, I've decided that I'd like to explore strange new vista's, to seek out new flora and boldly go where no muse has gone before! (with alot of water) :oops:

Seriously, I'd love to do  the OML and Marufo Vega, but I've had the most fun just picking an area and poking around. Before I left, I parked around mile marker 7 on Rt. 11 (towards 385) on the east side, and explored. I found myself in the middle of a litter box behind some rocks pretty close to the road. Lots of kitty poop. I was alone and it was wonderfully spooky :twisted:  There was a little wash behind the rocks and it was beautiful. Cool rocks and caves that I was NOT climbing into! Twas a kitty paradise. I'll bet I was watched the whole time.....

There's so much to be seen there, it certainly can take a lifetime.


Offline astrofizz

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« Reply #18 on: July 12, 2007, 08:35:40 PM »
1. I'm a bird-watcher, so: Camp at or near Boot Spring when the Flammulated Owls are present and calling at night (May - June).

2. Camp at remote desert sites in the winter (eg: along west River Road) for a significant period of time (eg: 2 -3 wks), enjoy the incredible quiet, allow my mind to clear, and explore the surrounding area(s) in a leisurely manner.
3. Raft / canoe Boquillas Canyon (I've been thru Mariscal, Temple, and Santa Elenta canyons multiple times).
4. And though it is formally outside the park: do the (mas o menos) week-long trip req'd to raft / canoe / explore the Lower Canyons beyond Temple Canyon and Black Gap WMA.
5. Hike desert trails (in winter) that I have yet to explore, such as Mules Ears and Chimneys.
All of these "wish I could so them soon" experiences would be most memorable as shared experiences with friends who are equally enamored of the desert and the Big Bend.



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