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Offline Boojum1

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« Reply #15 on: June 21, 2007, 03:59:18 PM »
Belgium?

I hope you can tolerate our beer.  Just drink it very cold.
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Offline TheWildWestGuy

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« Reply #16 on: June 21, 2007, 04:25:03 PM »
Be sure to try some "Lone Star Beer" the "National Beer of Texas".   Better stock up before you get to the Park though - the selection at the Basin Store is very limited and a bit pricey.
My last trip to the Park I left the Basin at 4:30 am and got pulled over at about 5:15 am by the Boarder Patrol outside the Park near the Stillwell Crossing.   After a few questions I was able to go on to the checkpoint near Marathon around 6 am.  A few more questions and a quick sniff with the drug dog and I was on the road home.
It is generally appreciated if you turn on your interior lights as you pull up to the checkpoint.  Put your vehicle in Park, and don't make any sudden moves or have anything large hidden underneath tarps or blankets.  
Generally there are 3 agents, one will talk to you and ask you questions while another one walks around looking into and underneath your vehicle and the third one stands off on the front passenger side ready to shoot you if he has to.    I don't blame them a bit, I just try to make it easy for them and it's usually obvious that I have been in the Park for long enough to turn my well-organized and packed vehicle into a chaotic mess of dirty clothes, wet gear, boxes, and empty cans.    I always leave the BBNP entry permit receipt on the windshield until after I have passed through the checkpoint.  It helps validate my claim that I am a hiker and not a human smuggler or drug runner, they probably never pay the entry permit..... TWWG

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« Reply #17 on: June 21, 2007, 06:46:31 PM »
Quote from: "TheWildWestGuy"
I always leave the BBNP entry permit receipt on the windshield until after I have passed through the checkpoint.  It helps validate my claim that I am a hiker and not a human smuggler or drug runner, they probably never pay the entry permit..... TWWG


That was my secret too.  Now, you've alerted all the drug running human smugglers to this trick and from now on they will pay their entry fee...  and those that don't have a permit will be waved through.

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Offline Hollidaydriver

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« Reply #18 on: June 22, 2007, 03:33:34 AM »
The beer in your country is no problem  :roll:

Been a few times on hollidays in the USA (midwest & florida) and Canada.
First drill when we arrive from the airport is to look for a good supermarket, to buy a foam cooler and a few rack's Bud.
The wife like's more a white wine, so we also need to go to the liquor store.
Bit confusing for us visiting 2 different store's for a drink.
More confusing is the different laws in every state, but that's another subject.

Tried some of the local beers in your country and at the end of the day always go back to Bud's.
I'll be glad to try "the Lone Star Beer" (what's a forum for)

Always had the cooler on the 2e row in the car, never had any check's by the police!
Think I'll  now put my drinks in the back of the car, due to the fact of poss. controle of the vehicle.

Now w're used in Belgium at regular bases of (most week-ends) alcohol and anti-theft actions.
That's a full check of the car (documents and persons),  with a drug dog. One thing they sometimes check is the fire extinguisher and of course always wearing the safety-belt.

So back to the topic now.
Think we take an early start an go for Hwy90 to Sonora.
Visit all the things i've seen on the forum, go back via the I-10 to BIBE and than return to see everything i've missed along the way!!!!

ps. Anybody tried our famous DUVEL- beer ? :twisted:
     Maybe I'll put my boarding card on the windshield


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Offline RichardM

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« Reply #19 on: June 22, 2007, 08:28:49 AM »
If you're gonna drink US beer, do yourself a favor and try a Fat Tire Amber Ale.  Shiner Bock is one of the local Texas standards and my default choice.  Or since you're near Mexico, maybe a Dos Equis or Negro Modelo.  All are sold at the Chisos Basin lodge restaurant.

Sad to say, most Americans don't have fire extinguishers in their cars (myself included).  :oops:  I'd be very surprised if rental cars have them.

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Offline Boojum1

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« Reply #20 on: June 22, 2007, 04:25:11 PM »
The proper drinking temperature for LS is 32.1 degrees.   Have not tried Duvel, but I'll look for it.  Belgium is one of the few European countries I would even consider visiting....because of the beer, mostly.  Bud will work as a mass quantity brew.  There are some decent Texas white wines you might try...not really knowledgable about recommendations though.

Have a safe trip.
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