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Holy Week in a Holy Place

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Offline Txlj

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Re: Holy Week in a Holy Place
« Reply #60 on: April 22, 2018, 04:19:42 AM »
Very well spoken sir. You hit the nail on the head in closing. What a wonderful place.

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Re: Holy Week in a Holy Place
« Reply #61 on: April 22, 2018, 06:18:54 AM »
Great finish Jeff, thank you!   :eusa_clap:
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Re: Holy Week in a Holy Place
« Reply #62 on: April 22, 2018, 09:13:09 AM »
Such a wordsmith Jeff!  You've created yet another epic trip report.   And I'm pretty sure it was an even more epic personal experience. Thanks for letting us enjoy it with you.

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Re: Holy Week in a Holy Place
« Reply #63 on: April 22, 2018, 12:11:24 PM »
Excellent!  :notworthy: :eusa_clap:
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Re: Holy Week in a Holy Place
« Reply #64 on: April 22, 2018, 12:50:28 PM »
Great report Jeff. You inspired me and gave me some ideas for day hikes. Great insight into the cycles of life, ever changing yet changeless.

“The ocotillo nearby sends a clear message: “I am alive, though I may not look it. I am down and hurting but not out. I am not defeated. I am still here, I am still me, and I will thrive again!”

I once cut an ocotillo stalk in February (not in the park of course) and took it home to show my wife how thorny the desert plants can be. I leaned it against an outdoor wall, on a concrete walk, under some stairs. In April it bloomed!


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Re: Holy Week in a Holy Place
« Reply #65 on: April 22, 2018, 01:08:42 PM »
After years of digging through the BBC archives to find and read another Jeff Blaylock trip report, I am grateful to now have read one "live" as it unspooled. It's one thing to say it's a beautiful trip report...(and that it is - both your pictures and your words are wonderful)...but more importantly, I think, careful reading and looking between the lines and the pixels clearly shows that you are a wonderful person. I infer this from how you talk about the Bend - about the plants and rocks and waters and clouds and stars, and even the people, that catch your eye. You know, I love the Bend, but I do believe you love it even more - and, frankly, better - than I do. The Bend needs more friends like you.



That image made me tear up, too. (I know, I know...)

Anyway, thanks for the report. It's one of those that, upon finishing, I want to go right back and re-read in one sitting. I think I'll go do that right now.  :icon_smile:


p.s. - La Rosita Cafe in Fort Stockton has become a favorite of mine, too. The food is good, the portions are HUGE, and nobody minds if you stay there forever, with maps and guidebooks spread out all across the table.
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Re: Holy Week in a Holy Place
« Reply #66 on: April 22, 2018, 03:46:46 PM »
I once cut an ocotillo stalk in February and took it home to show my wife how thorny the desert plants can be. I leaned it against an outdoor wall, on a concrete walk, under some stairs. In April it bloomed!

It might be important to affirmatively state you did not do that cutting in the park!!! :s_laugh:
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Re: Holy Week in a Holy Place
« Reply #67 on: April 22, 2018, 04:52:44 PM »
Too late, the guys in suits are on the way.

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Re: Holy Week in a Holy Place
« Reply #68 on: April 22, 2018, 09:39:09 PM »
Jeff, what a fabulous report of a fabulous trip! Your personal narrative and photography combine with your love for the Bend into a great read!

This part made me spit some bourbon on my keyboard though, as I am pretty certain that these people were renting my yurt.
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My nap had been interrupted by a couple loudly declaring their disappointment at the lack of reliable wi-fi at their yurt. “I wouldn’t have booked it had I known,” the man said as they walked past the rock on which I was napping. “There are lots of other places here that have wi-fi,” the woman said. Not on the Saturday of Easter weekend, I thought, perhaps out loud.

Some folks just can't enjoy solitude. And yes, the Wi-Fi sucks.
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« Reply #69 on: April 22, 2018, 09:53:22 PM »
Jeff, what a fabulous report of a fabulous trip! Your personal narrative and photography combine with your love for the Bend into a great read!

This part made me spit some bourbon on my keyboard though, as I am pretty certain that these people were renting my yurt.
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My nap had been interrupted by a couple loudly declaring their disappointment at the lack of reliable wi-fi at their yurt. “I wouldn’t have booked it had I known,” the man said as they walked past the rock on which I was napping. “There are lots of other places here that have wi-fi,” the woman said. Not on the Saturday of Easter weekend, I thought, perhaps out loud.

Some folks just can't enjoy solitude. And yes, the Wi-Fi sucks.

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Re: Holy Week in a Holy Place
« Reply #70 on: April 23, 2018, 06:05:41 AM »
Jeff, what a fabulous report of a fabulous trip! Your personal narrative and photography combine with your love for the Bend into a great read!

This part made me spit some bourbon on my keyboard though, as I am pretty certain that these people were renting my yurt.
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My nap had been interrupted by a couple loudly declaring their disappointment at the lack of reliable wi-fi at their yurt. “I wouldn’t have booked it had I known,” the man said as they walked past the rock on which I was napping. “There are lots of other places here that have wi-fi,” the woman said. Not on the Saturday of Easter weekend, I thought, perhaps out loud.

Some folks just can't enjoy solitude. And yes, the Wi-Fi sucks.
And it's supposed to suck!

I remember several years ago,  after they had installed the first cell tower close to the park,  I was at one of the Grapevine campsites and a guy got a cell signal which happened to be the strongest near my site.  So,  he had to call everyone he knew just to tell them he was calling from the "middle of nowhere" in Texas.

One of the best things I remember when I discovered BIBE was the lack of any radio signal,  save for the occasional AM stray, usually from the other side.  No communication to the outside world was part of why I fell in love with the place.   Desert Solitude as Abbey wrote.

I feel ya.

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Re: Holy Week in a Holy Place
« Reply #71 on: April 23, 2018, 11:31:30 PM »
In someways the past had more communications than now. There used to be a TV signal repeater (I assumed on Emory Peak, but I don't really know for sure) for the park. This seemed to end with the small dish Satellite TV proliferation, but prior to that one could get 3 Midland/Odessa TV channels in the Basin with just a small antenna.
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Also reference the earlier photographic spot with the "Toe", I just now ran across this post with another photographer's take on it.
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Re: Holy Week in a Holy Place
« Reply #72 on: April 24, 2018, 01:44:09 AM »
I agree. The lack of technology was a huge plus in the Bend. I remember after crossing the hills out of Alpine losing all service. It was wonderful. Now everywhere you go people sit and text instead of talking to one another. I miss the lack of service. I go to the Bend to escape the world. Now it comes with me.

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Re: Holy Week in a Holy Place
« Reply #73 on: April 26, 2018, 11:45:59 AM »
A most excellent trip report Jeff! Awesome photos too. Glad you're back and posting on the board!

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Re: Holy Week in a Holy Place
« Reply #74 on: January 01, 2019, 07:15:25 PM »
"Back at the trailhead, I saw six vehicles. Six! This place is overrun, I thought."


I wonder if they saw your vehicle and thought the same thing?

 


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