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Round the Bend in 16 Days: There and Not-Quite Back Again

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Re: Round the Bend in 16 Days: There and Not-Quite Back Again
« Reply #255 on: March 20, 2018, 12:59:26 AM »
This weekend I was home by myself and looking for something to read. I have a stack of books and magazines on my nightstand, but I chose to re-read this trip report (I read it when you first published it but did not comment ... maybe because I was at a loss for words.)

I enjoyed it even more the second time ... so much nuance, humor, pain, frustration and details that I missed the first time.

So, two words to you:

1. Wow.
2. Thanks.

Thanks, Congahead. You know I love your writing, too. I can barely stand to re-read mine; it's amazing (and gratifying) to me that someone else would do so willingly. Looking back on the river portion of this trip, I'm struck by how much fun - and what a crazy, bold adventure - it was.  Additionally, it's clear to me now that during the subsequent land portion of the trip, I simply wasn't consuming enough calories and that directly led to the catastrophes that prematurely ended my trip.  Ahh, well.....live and learn.
"The trick, William Potter, is not minding that it hurts."

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Round the Bend in 16 Days: There and Not-Quite Back Again
« Reply #256 on: March 26, 2018, 05:53:15 AM »
I have been on the board for a few years, but when I'm between my yearly trips to the park, I tend to lose touch. So, I'm arriving late to the party.

I stumbled onto your trip report among the hundreds of unread posts and decided to read it. Even though I stayed up several hours into the night and will undoubtably suffer today at work, it was worth it. Your report was truly captivating and I could not stop reading until I had finished.

As a fairly accomplished, 36 year old hiker who has completed many of the trails in Big Bend, I cannot even imagine undertaking such a trip as yours.

Here's to many more.

Cheers!!!


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Re: Round the Bend in 16 Days: There and Not-Quite Back Again
« Reply #257 on: March 27, 2018, 12:13:58 AM »
Thanks for the kind words, Meadows. I hit Big Bend for the first time in the mid-90's when I was in my late thirties. Looks like you got there way ahead of me!
"The trick, William Potter, is not minding that it hurts."

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Round the Bend in 16 Days: There and Not-Quite Back Again
« Reply #258 on: March 27, 2018, 07:34:12 AM »
I first laid eyes on Big Bend at eleven years old. My dad was an avid hiker and Big Bend (specifically the South Rim) was his favorite spot on the Earth. He first came as a junior in high school in 1965 (I have the pictures from
their first trip) and it quickly became an almost yearly pilgrimage for him.

On my first trip in 1992, he, myself and my 9 year old sister made the South Rim dayhike and I was hooked. During the 90's, we
came out just about every year and did many of the major trails. He also loved to drive the back roads and camp in the primitive camp sites around the park. His only regret was that he was never able to finish an OML. After one failed attempt in the 90's, he never was able to try again.

Unfortunately, he passed away in December of 2014. I decided then that I was going to make it a point to come to the park every year and honor his memory. Also, I am trying to build up the gumption and skills to ready myself to complete an OML in his memory sometime in the next year or two.

So, Big Bend is in my blood. I've done a lot of traveling but have never felt the pull back to any other place like I do to Big Bend.


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Re: Round the Bend in 16 Days: There and Not-Quite Back Again
« Reply #259 on: March 27, 2018, 09:08:59 AM »
That is a beautiful story, Meadows. Your father sounds like an amazing man and an amazing father. I hope my kids inherit the same love of Big Bend that you did from your father. You are in good company here on Big Bend Chat. We get it. Best of luck on all your future trips to the Bend. Especially the OML. You can do it.
"The trick, William Potter, is not minding that it hurts."

 


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