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Proposed November Trip

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Offline randell

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Proposed November Trip
« on: March 25, 2006, 12:39:47 AM »
Here is a little proposed trip I am wishing/hoping I can do in November.  It is all stuff I have never done before and hope I can do in a 2 wheel drive mid-sized SUV.

Friday
Drive to Junction (from Houston)
Stay in hotel.

Saturday
Drive to Ft Davis
Stay at Davis Mountains SP

Sunday
Drive to Chinati Hot Springs via 2810
Explore Shafter along the way
Stay at Chinati Hot Springs

Monday
Hang out at Chinati Hot Springs
Stay at Chinati Hot Springs

Tuesday
Drive to Big Bend
Camp at Pine Canyon
Hike Pine Canyon

Wednesday
Explore Mule Ears Peak
Camp at La Noria

Thursday
Camp at McKinney Spring
Climb Roy's Peak

Friday
Complete Old Ore Rd
Drive to Marathon
Stay at Gage Hotel

Saturday
Drive to San Antonio

Sunday
Drive home to Houston
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« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2006, 03:33:03 PM »
Sounds like a great plan.   If you go, please post pics and trip report.  Have always wanted to visit Chinati Hot Springs...seems a cool place to get away from it all...

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« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2006, 03:33:46 PM »
sounds like a great trip Randell.  as far as the back roads on concerned in your SUV, good tires are #1, followed by good ground clearance, and of course a good brain.  i've actually been surprised at some of the vehicles i've encountered on the river road, mini vans, a large variety of tiny SUVs, and several cars.  Once saw a saturn camped at one of the Glenn Springs sites, I have no idea how they made it down there.
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Monday - Tuesday
« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2006, 10:11:55 PM »
Monday and Tuesday, since you are in the area, check out BBRSP - at least stop at Fort Leaton and say hi.  If you stop at the main check-in place just West of Fort Leaton, say hi to Sylvia!

Closed Canyon on the way to BBNP?

I noticed you are not staying at Cibolo?   :lol:

Days are tooooooo short in November.  Actually, all days are too short in the West Texas Trans Pecos Big Bend Region.

I like WED - camping at La Noria.  #2 is actually better than #1 as it is at the end of the road with a turn around, lots of room, and a great view of the Chisos.  #1 is not bad at all either.  Have to scale a small berm to view the Chisos.  HEY, That's MY PRIVATE CAMPSITE - You can't camp there and you didn't ask for permission!   :lol:   Ok, go ahead.   8)

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Re: Monday - Tuesday
« Reply #4 on: March 25, 2006, 10:15:22 PM »
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I noticed you are not staying at Cibolo?   :lol:

Doesn't look like he'll be staying at Mr. Smith's place either...

Gage:  new or old section?  I hear they actually put in A/C in the old section.

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Re: Monday - Tuesday
« Reply #5 on: March 27, 2006, 09:21:05 AM »
Quote from: "SHANEA"
Monday and Tuesday, since you are in the area, check out BBRSP - at least stop at Fort Leaton and say hi.  If you stop at the main check-in place just West of Fort Leaton, say hi to Sylvia!

Closed Canyon on the way to BBNP?

I noticed you are not staying at Cibolo?   :lol:

Days are tooooooo short in November.  Actually, all days are too short in the West Texas Trans Pecos Big Bend Region.

I like WED - camping at La Noria.  #2 is actually better than #1 as it is at the end of the road with a turn around, lots of room, and a great view of the Chisos.  #1 is not bad at all either.  Have to scale a small berm to view the Chisos.  HEY, That's MY PRIVATE CAMPSITE - You can't camp there and you didn't ask for permission!   :lol:   Ok, go ahead.   8)


Yeah, I somehow forgot BBRSP.  I need to add driving through there on my list.  I've already hiked Closed Canyon twice.  

No Cibolo - too rich for my blood.  I figure Chinati was a good stopping place since I have never been down 2810.  I actually made a mistake in the itinerary.  I mentioned Shafter, but if I take 2810, there will be no Shafter.

I'll just drop in on La Noria #2 to make sure everything is in order for when you stay there next 8)
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Re: Monday - Tuesday
« Reply #6 on: March 27, 2006, 09:22:34 AM »
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Quote from: "SHANEA"
I noticed you are not staying at Cibolo?   :lol:

Doesn't look like he'll be staying at Mr. Smith's place either...

Gage:  new or old section?  I hear they actually put in A/C in the old section.


I won't be giving Mr Smith any business.  I don't know about the Gage.  Have to look into it.  I just want to stay there on the way out of the area.
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« Reply #7 on: March 27, 2006, 09:26:47 AM »
Is this going to be a Thanksgiving trip?

How was Bastrop?

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Re: Monday - Tuesday
« Reply #8 on: March 27, 2006, 09:44:14 AM »
Quote from: "Randell"
Quote from: "RichardM"
Quote from: "SHANEA"
I noticed you are not staying at Cibolo?   :lol:

Doesn't look like he'll be staying at Mr. Smith's place either...
Gage:  new or old section?  I hear they actually put in A/C in the old section.

I won't be giving Mr Smith any business.  I don't know about the Gage.  Have to look into it.  I just want to stay there on the way out of the area.

I last stayed there in 2000, when the new section was still pretty "new".  They're a lot more pricey than the old section, but were very nice.  My wife loved it.  The old section used to be like stepping back in time to the 1930's or so.  The only difference was that the wash basin with pitcher of water had been replaced with a working sink.  Air conditioning meant opening your window and the transom above your door.  Bathroom and showers were down the hall.  Supposedly one of the rooms is haunted (#12?).  A few of the old rooms have private baths.  It's a cool place and my Dad's favorite.  Everyone should stay there at least once.

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Re: November?
« Reply #9 on: March 27, 2006, 10:42:34 AM »
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Is this going to be a Thanksgiving trip?

How was Bastrop?


Yes, a Thanksgiving trip.  Just put our toddler in day care for the first time and the day care closes down for the week of Thanksgiving and the Friday before.  Since that means my wife or I would have to take vacation to stay home with him, I told my wife we should go to BBNP and come back the day before Thanksiving.  She said "or we could stay through Thanksgiving".  I said "hell yeah!".  Turns out our two friends from South Africa who went camping with us last weekend want to go as well.  I know it will be crowded, but that is the only time I can fit it in.


Bastrop was great.  Weather was great, pine trees were great.  We did two 1 hour+ hikes.  This is a good workout when you have a backpack with a 35 pound toddler in it on your back!  That park is way crowded and those campsites are so close together that it is hard to tell when your campsite ends and the next one begins.

Supposedly got down to 32 degrees, but didn't feel like it.  There was no fire ban so we had a fire.  We used my down jacket as a sleeping bag for our 11 week old and he did fine.   My toddler is quite the explorer.  He enlisted me as his sherpa to carry rocks and sticks that he found as he led expeditions into the "jungle".  I kept telling him we had to get back to camp to eat but he kept pointing to new locations and saying "no, go over there".  Then we got back to camp and he showed off his finding and tossed them into the fire.

I've got some pictures, I'll post them soon.
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Re: November?
« Reply #10 on: March 27, 2006, 09:43:44 PM »
Quote from: "Randell"
We did two 1 hour+ hikes.


Did you play with your new GPS on the drive and hikes?    Pretty cool eh?

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« Reply #11 on: March 28, 2006, 08:50:15 AM »
Hell yeah I played with the gps.  Also learned it's limitations. Even with the gps, we couldn't find a restaurant in Bastrop.  We even stopped and got directions and still couldn't find the place.  So we went to another restaurant I had marked.  

We did a few geocaches in Bastrop.  One we couldn't find even though there were four of us and a gps.  It's hard to walk fast enough to get a direction/distance reading on the gps when you are in the middle of a forest dodging trees and vines.  We looked for about 20 minutes making big circles and finally gave up because the batteries were dying (and I, of course, forgot the spares).  Just as we started back to the trail, we saw the geocache.  

I also marked the best bluebonnet patches I saw so we could find them again next year, like this patch:

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