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Starting South and heading North on the so called Elephant Tusk trial using Lance's google earth. So called because it is so overgrown, even having walked it all before a few times, I lost it many times. It has all your favorites (beaver tail cactus, Catclaw, and Mr.Mean) all grown over it. Also the grass is so tall, if you aren't in the creek bed, the cairns are invisible. I dare you to wear shorts and your fancy trail running shoes on this section. Go ahead, I bet you can't do it! Very little in potholes at exit of Elephant Tusk canyon. Don't count on itUpper Middle spring inside ET canyon. Mucho Aqua, and Mucho Satan's spur grass to get to it. Bring the tweezers.Elegant - Running slow with the usual brown stuff lining the streambed. Good for a pump.Elf and Elephant - Good to go for at least a few months.Water flowing west of trail in creek bed upstream from Zapata Tuerto.Water flowing from more reliable spring on the North side of the "Y" of Zapata TuertoLastly, yours and my favorite, Adler is pumping out the spring water at a better rate than usual.I would also like to say we had a very nice talk with a ranger that we have seen around for many years. And I want to thank them for a very informative discussion on the park. I will leave out the ranger's name to protect the innocent, but I wanted them to know my entire family appreciated the exchange. My family is now a little worried because it seems like every time we meet and find a "favorite" ranger, they retire soon afterwards. (ie. Mark Fil____, Rob Dean) Thanks and Merry Christmas Ranger!And Merry Christmas to the rest of you Cactus Kicking Big Bend Chatters!
The question itself makes me think we are talking about the same little shirt sticking, splinter leaving seeds that grow up around elbow height. Good Times!!
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