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Nice trip for a half broke hiker and a cheap camera!
However, I did luck into seeing a Sora in one of the few openings along the path.
Nice trip for a half broke hiker and a cheap camera!This bear container thing is just total crap. Did you happen to ask what kind of data they are basing their decision on? Any BIG Bend history? Not Yosemite. Starting to sound like all the chumps the NPS hired to be the naturalist all came from the same college of stupidness. They all live in fear of that crafty bear. Talk about it long enough like it is a problem, then everybody in the room starts shaking their head in agreement and say that it must be so because they have heard about it for so long. Maybe it's time for the bears to go back to Mexico..... According to their logic, they should go out and scoop up all the pinion nuts every winter and put those in bear containers. That's what is attracting bears and cause all the scary encounters with hikers. Their fancy bear boxes weren't enough to protect us all this winter when they closed the Chisos to campers with all those boxes already there. Or are we not suppose to remember that latest overreaction?
... Well done, Jonathan. Excellent trip and excellent photos, considering all the obstacles you had to overcome. You refused to be denied! The Cattle Egret, the Painted Redstart, and the Common Blackhawks were all particularly nice. And the Sora!!!!! Great catch. I've seen a few, but never gotten a picture of one. Your photo, dicey as it may be, is unquestionably a Sora. The bear and the fox round out a great set of photos. Your trip reports are always fascinating for all the natural history that you work into them: biology, geology, meteorology, astronomy, physics. Always a feast.
Pinnacles 1 is one of the nicest campsites in the Chisos. My family stayed there our first night during a several day backpacking trip through the Chisos during Thanksgiving 2015. We'd hoped for something higher up, but the crowds were thick and we took what we could get for our first night. My kids loved the shade, the huge rocks (good for climbing over and napping on) and the great views nearby (see pics below). Your story of the Dad packing for four reminds me of me during that trip. While my kids were old enough to pack their own clothes, sundries, bags and pads. I took everything else: tent, medical/repair/emergency kit, cookset, food, and, most painfully, six gallons of water. Hero Dad was packing 88 pounds. Which is probably also one of the contributing factors to Hero Dad's knee going out sixteen months later.
and while there are so many bears around YOSE that killing a couple of hundred over the years doesn't noticeably affect the population, even a few deaths would seriously affect the long-term viability of BIBE's population.
My primary interest is in what to use your now somewhat-neglected term is the natural history of an area, so I tend to make observations and write about them with that foremost in my mind.
I'm not too worried about the bear canister this issue, as I don't see how they could enforce this across the park as a whole.
Quote from: DesertRatShorty on May 07, 2017, 12:08:56 PMI'm not too worried about the bear canister this issue, as I don't see how they could enforce this across the park as a whole.I'm wondering if they will require an inspection of your canister(s) before issuing permits.
Here's hoping we can persuade them to accept Ursacks as a reasonable alternative.
.....try going downhill from the gate marked "official vehicles only" in the no-generator zone of the Basin Campground. This leads down to the old sewage treatment plant........Probab ly for bear. TWWG
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