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« on: November 26, 2016, 01:21:09 PM »
Mt wife and I took out oldest and dearest friends to the Bend over T-giving. 

We left from far north Houston at 1:00 P.M. on Sunday the 20th and took the new 99 Loop from 59 to 10 - very nice.

We ate dinner at the amazing home of THE San Antonio puffy taco, Ray's Drive In at 822 SW 19th St.  This place is as off the beaten path as many of the secret places in the Bend.  The carne guisadad tacos were just wonderful, tender and seasoned mildly like the old San Antonio Mexican food of my misspent youth.  Caution: the table hot sauce will melt the enamel on your teeth.   

We spent the night in Ozona (very, um, Ozona).

On Monday we (1) went to Balmorhea, (2) the McDonald Observatory, and (3) to see the Marfa Lights before ending the day in Study Butte.  The lights display that night was amazing.

On Tuesday we (1) did Santa Elana Canyon and immediately discovered that our friends' idea of "in good shape" was a casual stroll around the subdivision lake - not good, so we only also did (2) Homer Wilson, and (3) Grapevine Hills before eating dinner at the Basin (disappointing quality). 

Late that evening, we took the advice that someone had given on here about stargazing at Sotol Vista - highly recommended!

On Wednesday, we did the four-mile Pine Canyon hike in a "world's record" 4 1/2 hours  :icon_eek: which so thoroughly exhausted our friends that they couldn't do anything else that day  :icon_rolleyes:.

On Thursday we enjoyed T-Giving lunch at Big Bend Ranch State Park (super).

On Friday we had intended to stop by Seminole Canyon for the 3:00 tour, but the weather was just the least little bit inclement and our friends were still wasted  :icon_frown: so we just cruised back home late that night.

Leave "quit" at the car.  Embrace the trail as your friend.  Expect to enjoy yourself, and to be amazed.



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