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Friends occasionally ask me if I worry about bears, mountain lions, rattlesnakes or other desert fauna when I’m out here. They don’t understand that the animals will generally try to avoid you, but the plants here will hurt you every chance they get.
I’m slowing Mrs. Congahead down, so, with my blessing, she takes off without me. She’s in a lot better shape than I am; plus, a woman in search of indoor plumbing has an extra gear.
The 633-mile drive back to Houston (via I-10 this time) takes 9 hours - less time than our 11.5-mile sojourn across the Dodson trail! It was a tiring but rewarding trek. We’d checked an item off our bucket list, proven to ourselves that we can still do this, and seen parts of the park that 99 percent of park visitors will never see.
Cool report! I have mixed emotions on the trip reports with spouses and/or children. My wife is NOT a camping/hiking/sleeping in a tent kind of woman. Before you come to an opinion, she's a lot of other things (mom, wife, friend, supporter, comforter, etc) and I'm better for it. She has told me that she will go out there with me. I'll make it easy for her and probably book the lodge or somewhere. After exploring all day, she can have the a real bed, AC/heat and the "indoor plumbing"you mention. We'll get to that in the next few years. I did take my son on my first couple trips to BBRSP and BiBE. I posted a report and still remember what impressed me most was not me seeing the spectacular views but seeing the look on my son's face as I realized he was just as awestruck. He loved it but being a teenager in high school, he has other priorities. I'm sure in a few years he'll be back out there with me. Although I miss experiencing the area with loved ones, I do enjoy going solo. A big part of the trip is getting away from it all and sometimes that can include family. It really is a give and take for me. As a matter of fact, I am planning a 4 day trip out there end of this month. I have a friend who has never been and there's a slim chance he may go. It would be fun showing him the area but I wouldn't be terribly upset if he couldn't make it and I end up going solo.
As for the kiddos, high school provided other pursuits and distractions, but they have fully embraced "outdoor" life now that they are in college and on their own, "Where are we going this time, Dad?".
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