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A quiet and peaceful Spring Break in the park!

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Offline Cookie

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A quiet and peaceful Spring Break in the park!
« on: March 27, 2015, 07:07:07 PM »
I am happy to say our first time to be in Big Bend over Spring Break was a great experience! We had always hesitated to go then, knowing it IS the busiest time in the park. After thinking the same thing about Thanksgiving but going anyway, we figured out that since we go "off the beaten path" we don't run into the throngs of "drive-by" visitors.

So we had Sunday through Friday over the break to spend in the park. We knew we wanted to backpack to get away from everyone. Hiker, our 11 year old daughter has always heard us talk about Fisk Canyon and she really wanted to go there.
So we came up with a 5 night plan.
day 1-We would zone camp near Elephant Tusk, hiking in from the ET TH.
day 2- Attempt a summit on ET, then head towards Fisk
day 3-4: camp near Fisk or Dominguez spring and climb the ridge south of the ruins.
day 5: hike towards ET for 1 more night of camping
day 6: hike out and head home

We knew we would have some rain and were prepared. We ended up with rain almost every day and every night. We had a huge thunderstorm roll thru on Tuesday night with lots of thunder. Wednesday was the hottest and of course the day we ran the ridge. We ran into one couple on the ET trail Sunday that had hiked up to the Dodson trail. After that we saw no one until Thursday night.

We were heard coyotes and owls, and a chorus of birds woke us each morning. It was a great trip and Hiker really enjoyed herself. She hiked 9 1/2 hours from Dominguez Ruins to the ET trail head without a complaint! That girl rocks!  :eusa_clap:

All went pretty close to plan, El Hombre made it to the top of ET, but he had to share it with a heard of Audad. Hiker and I hung at the bottom of the chute and were his safety. We may be up there the next time we make it out there. It cracks me up to think that there are a bunch of Audad running around on the top of ET as I gaze at it  :dance:

On Wednesday when we ran the ridge near Dominguez ruins I was able to get a signal and check the weather. It went from a little rain to 80% at 8am. That's when we decided to hump it all the way back to the TH, dump our extra stuff, then walk back out to camp one more night before we left. I am happy to say the rain didn't hit until much later that morning so it worked out perfectly.

Bring on the pictures.....
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lots of scree!
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El Hombre and Hiker sizing up the chute
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Audad horns in the very center of the picture
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did I mention the wildflowers were AMAZING and plentiful!
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frog!
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lots of water
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big tadpoles and lots of them at Double Spring
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hiked in the rain about an hour and then this...
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It was a BIT foggy in the moring
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Contouring over to get to the high point
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Looking up at where we want to be...
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looking down on Dominguez Spring
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Hiker found the benchmark on the top!
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A shot of Mule Ear's name sake :13:
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Looking north
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 :eusa_think:
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Heading towards Jack's Pass
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I looked forward to seeing this view from the pass
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Mountain Laurel in Fisk Canyon in full bloom
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another look at ET as we head back for the last night of camping (I know there are Audads running around on that right now!)
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last night.....sunset... .
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El Hombre and I really enjoyed hearing Hiker exclaim "This spring is soooo beautiful!!" every time we came up to a new spring. AND we heard it a lot because there was a lot of water out there. This was a wonderful end of the season hike for us as a family. I hope it encourages everyone with kids (or without) to get out there enjoy God's cactus garden....SOON!!

~Cookie

« Last Edit: March 27, 2015, 11:40:51 PM by Cookie »

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Offline Andreas

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Re: A quiet and peaceful Spring Break in the park!
« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2015, 07:28:31 PM »
Let me be the first to say WOW and  :eusa_clap: - wonderful, wonderful photos, thank you for sharing! I just fell in love with BiBe - AGAIN !!!
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Offline Jalco

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Re: A quiet and peaceful Spring Break in the park!
« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2015, 07:29:59 PM »
Awesome!  Thanks!

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Offline Homer Wilson

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Re: A quiet and peaceful Spring Break in the park!
« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2015, 08:17:02 PM »
Great pictures and report! Looks like a great trip. Congrats on ET, EH!

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Offline tx1c

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Re: A quiet and peaceful Spring Break in the park!
« Reply #4 on: March 27, 2015, 09:11:42 PM »
Very nice!
I need to review this thread on a bigger screen.

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Re: A quiet and peaceful Spring Break in the park!
« Reply #5 on: March 27, 2015, 11:52:15 PM »
Beautiful story.  Beautiful pictures.

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Re: A quiet and peaceful Spring Break in the park!
« Reply #6 on: March 28, 2015, 06:14:47 AM »
Sweeeet!  What a great spring to be there and once again it shows that if you get away from the main trails you can have it all to yourself.

Thanks!
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Offline Cookie

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Re: A quiet and peaceful Spring Break in the park!
« Reply #7 on: March 28, 2015, 09:44:38 AM »
Thanks!!I think I fixed it so when you click on a picture it will take you to all of them on flickr, I didn't post all of them here.
I forgot this one, if you look close you can see El Hombre just about in the middle of the picture. Makes that rock look much bigger!
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Re: A quiet and peaceful Spring Break in the park!
« Reply #8 on: March 28, 2015, 10:06:22 AM »
Here's a couple I had on my iPhone. We came across two groups of vans lined up on the side of the road on the way to PJ. Zone camping was our thought.
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~Cookie

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Re: A quiet and peaceful Spring Break in the park!
« Reply #9 on: March 28, 2015, 10:12:41 AM »
Thanks for fixing the links. The views from on top of ET of the surrounding terrain are priceless.  :great:

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Re: A quiet and peaceful Spring Break in the park!
« Reply #10 on: March 28, 2015, 10:56:25 AM »
 :eusa_clap:

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Re: A quiet and peaceful Spring Break in the park!
« Reply #11 on: March 28, 2015, 04:13:57 PM »
Wow! Great stuff and great pictures! I was there last Friday - Sunday. We were away from the Basin when the big thunderstorm broke out over the Basin that Saturday afternoon. Thought we were safe at the Hot Springs and got caught in a Hail Storm. My brother got his nose busted and his back looks like someone beat him with a hammer, so you did good to avoid it. Thanks for sharing your pictures.
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Re: A quiet and peaceful Spring Break in the park!
« Reply #12 on: March 30, 2015, 09:13:57 AM »
Another great Big Bend trip for the books!  Great pictures too!
Congrats to EH on bagging ET.  I definitely think a family summit is doable next time.  Go for it!

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Re: A quiet and peaceful Spring Break in the park!
« Reply #13 on: March 30, 2015, 09:19:01 AM »
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We came across two groups of vans lined up on the side of the road on the way to PJ. Zone camping was our thought.

Looks like a geology field trip.  I did one of those once... but in June - it was 115 that day!
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Re: A quiet and peaceful Spring Break in the park!
« Reply #14 on: March 30, 2015, 09:29:49 AM »
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We came across two groups of vans lined up on the side of the road on the way to PJ. Zone camping was our thought.

Looks like a geology field trip.  I did one of those once... but in June - it was 115 that day!

They like trotting over to Dog Canyon to gawk at the (thrust?) fault...  :icon_cool:

 


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