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Leaving Big Bend

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Offline Homer67

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Leaving Big Bend
« on: June 08, 2010, 04:07:04 PM »
On our recent trip (last week of April) we did not want to waste our last day in the park, so we visited the sites on the way out, such as the Fossil Bones Exhibit and Dagger Flat.  We left the park at sundown, which was, perhaps, not the right thing to do.  As we drove north out of the park in darkness, many, many groups of deer appeared on the sides of the roadway...so had to keep the speed down in case any were in the road (~50 mph).  I must have seen 60+ deer on the drive from the park to Fort Stockton.  Perhaps more encumbering than this were the many birds that kept swooping in front of the car.  I think that perhaps our headlights were attracting bugs these birds were going after. That is some freaky country to drive through in the waning dusk, and it was even more surreal at night for me.  It seemed as if Nature did not want us to leave the park and left me already missing Big Bend.  Man, I want to get back!
Ah Big Bend, we will soon return to reacquaint ourselves in our ritual of blood, exhaustion and dehydration. How can we resist the temptation to strip ourselves of the maladies of civilization?

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Offline MilesOfTexas

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Re: Leaving Big Bend
« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2010, 05:14:43 PM »
On our recent trip (last week of April) we did not want to waste our last day in the park, so we visited the sites on the way out, such as the Fossil Bones Exhibit and Dagger Flat.  We left the park at sundown, which was, perhaps, not the right thing to do.  As we drove north out of the park in darkness, many, many groups of deer appeared on the sides of the roadway...so had to keep the speed down in case any were in the road (~50 mph).  I must have seen 60+ deer on the drive from the park to Fort Stockton.  Perhaps more encumbering than this were the many birds that kept swooping in front of the car.  I think that perhaps our headlights were attracting bugs these birds were going after. That is some freaky country to drive through in the waning dusk, and it was even more surreal at night for me.  It seemed as if Nature did not want us to leave the park and left me already missing Big Bend.  Man, I want to get back!

I hear you on all of that!  When I left this past April, I clipped a deer that ran out in front of me just outside of the park entrance.  I drove slowly and cautiously the rest of the way to Ft. Stockton.

On my way back to the park over Memorial Day weekend, I had to slow down for those white birds!  They looked to me like they could have been owls.

Does anyone know if there are owls in that area?
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Re: Leaving Big Bend
« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2010, 06:34:33 PM »
We've seen those crazy birds too, I don't know why they swoop like that.  In the dark, they do just come out of nowhere.  I haven't thought about, but are they seasonal or year around?  I remember them more during spring and summer trips than fall/winter trips. 

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Re: Leaving Big Bend
« Reply #3 on: June 08, 2010, 07:15:28 PM »
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Does anyone know if there are owls in that area?

Check out this link:

http://www.nps.gov/bibe/naturescience/owls.htm



« Last Edit: June 08, 2010, 08:26:10 PM by RichardM »
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Re: Leaving Big Bend
« Reply #4 on: June 10, 2010, 03:41:56 PM »
One trip we came down from Ft. Stockton about 11pm. Didn't see the deer, but had night hawks flying up in front of us constantly. Can't believe we didn't hit one. Ranger said they like to warm themselves on the asphalt at night. Gotta be careful driving there at night. Beautiful part was stopping on the road in the park between Persimmon Gap and Panther Junction and letting the kids hang out the doors and look at the stars.

Robert
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Offline MilesOfTexas

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Re: Leaving Big Bend
« Reply #5 on: June 10, 2010, 05:00:06 PM »
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Does anyone know if there are owls in that area?

Check out this link:

http://www.nps.gov/bibe/naturescience/owls.htm


Thanks desertflwr!  Usually I poke around on the NPS website or google, but I was at work at the time.
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Offline uberschall

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Re: Leaving Big Bend
« Reply #6 on: October 07, 2011, 09:08:10 AM »
On our recent trip (last week of April) we did not want to waste our last day in the park, so we visited the sites on the way out, such as the Fossil Bones Exhibit and Dagger Flat.  We left the park at sundown, which was, perhaps, not the right thing to do.  As we drove north out of the park in darkness, many, many groups of deer appeared on the sides of the roadway...so had to keep the speed down in case any were in the road (~50 mph).  I must have seen 60+ deer on the drive from the park to Fort Stockton.  Perhaps more encumbering than this were the many birds that kept swooping in front of the car.  I think that perhaps our headlights were attracting bugs these birds were going after. That is some freaky country to drive through in the waning dusk, and it was even more surreal at night for me.  It seemed as if Nature did not want us to leave the park and left me already missing Big Bend.  Man, I want to get back!
Wow, would suck being on a motorbike during that. 

 


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