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Spring Break Photo Report (OML Fail, GuMo, Other Activities in Texas)

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Offline bitter_melon

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I think that it's just easier if I paste the Google Docs link in here. We made a valiant attempt at the OML, but were dissuaded from finishing it by rangers, hikers giving terrible intel on water sources, and food poisoning. Maybe I'll come back and actually finish the thing. Here is my Photo Report of our adventures:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1D9NAM4ce2Qu2KNZ41VbtKJsPzwn5xlyicgPP37TZyfk/edit

(Mods, let me know if I need to actually copy/paste things in here).

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Re: Spring Break Photo Report (OML Fail, GuMo, Other Activities in Texas)
« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2018, 09:40:40 PM »
Great write up! Thanks for sharing your adventure!  :great:

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Re: Spring Break Photo Report (OML Fail, GuMo, Other Activities in Texas)
« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2018, 10:16:39 PM »
Nice report. You covered a lot of territory.

PS. Boot Canyon and the Rim are south of the Emory Trail Junction, not North
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Re: Spring Break Photo Report (OML Fail, GuMo, Other Activities in Texas)
« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2018, 10:41:55 PM »
PS. Boot Canyon and the Rim are south of the Emory Trail Junction, not North

Oh my god! Bitter_Melon has HMoD's Disease! AKA Directional Dysgraphia. Don't worry Melon, as a well-known sufferer of the disease, I can promise you from my own personal experience....it's not fatal, just occasionally mildly embarrassing.
« Last Edit: March 20, 2018, 11:15:35 PM by House Made of Dawn »
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Re: Spring Break Photo Report (OML Fail, GuMo, Other Activities in Texas)
« Reply #4 on: March 20, 2018, 10:43:32 PM »
Hahaha my bad. Thanks for the kind words though.

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Re: Spring Break Photo Report (OML Fail, GuMo, Other Activities in Texas)
« Reply #5 on: March 20, 2018, 11:15:39 PM »
Enjoyed the read.  Thank you.  Nice job of changing plans on the fly while staying within your permit.  While I'm sure you'd have preferred to finish the OML, I think you got a representative flavor of it without the big climb.  Guadalupe NP is infamous for those blistering winds during the Spring - sometime so strong to prevent the climb. Especially liked the mention about the third person helping hold the car down.

For the next trip, go for the Texas BBQ and skip the Chinese.  And believe it or not, you'll be fine bringing your passport and eating lunch across the border. 
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Re: Spring Break Photo Report (OML Fail, GuMo, Other Activities in Texas)
« Reply #6 on: March 20, 2018, 11:30:41 PM »
Hahaha my bad. Thanks for the kind words though.

Bitter_Melon, I just finished the Big Bend portion of your trip report. That was a beautiful report. And not just the photos, but your attitude throughout. I agree with Quatro's thoughts above: you may not have completed the entire OML, but you got a darn good taste of it. I've done the route more times than I can remember, but one thing I do remember clearly is my first time. I did it clockwise from Homer Wilson. A volunteer ranger wrote the permit for my brother and me and inadvertently transposed the water report: told us the Dodson Spring was running strong and Fresno Creek was dry. We came down Juniper Canyon and around to the Dodson Spring, planning on tanking up with water....and it was just a filthy two-foot-diameter mud puddle. We nearly panicked; it was a long, long walk from there to civilization, no matter which direction we went. We pushed on to Fresno Creek, expecting it to be bone dry and nearly fainted from relief and joy when we topped the ridge and saw water running across the trail far below us. 

When you're doing a potentially dangerous trail for the first time, everything is harder, more confusing, and scarier. I think you and your party made a very reasonable decision to bail when you did. And, DANG, you were hiking with a food-poisoned stomach. Barfing is no good way to start a multi-day backpack.  :icon_eek:

Thanks for letting us tag along on your trip via your excellent trip report. I agree with your take on Emory Peak. I loved seeing the South Rim again through fresh, young eyes. And I share your righteous rage at the casual, thoughtless desecration of the wilderness. Kudos for helping out the even younger backpackers, and for having abuterol when it was needed. You've certainly banked some good trail karma.

And, dude, you surely are the first Big Bend Chat user to include a field test of cricket cookies.   :great:
"The trick, William Potter, is not minding that it hurts."

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Re: Spring Break Photo Report (OML Fail, GuMo, Other Activities in Texas)
« Reply #7 on: March 20, 2018, 11:36:47 PM »
p.s. - I completely agree with your assessment of the Dodson vs. the Adirondacks and Whites.
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Re: Spring Break Photo Report (OML Fail, GuMo, Other Activities in Texas)
« Reply #8 on: March 20, 2018, 11:56:03 PM »
"Whenever I write trip reports like this, I always do my best to capture the personality of the trail. The life, the views, the moments that you just had to be there for, I do my best to get all of it on paper. The truth though, is that the experience just canít be replicated by text. Not even close. For a few days in Texas, we were justÖ living, just taking it all in.

I'm sitting here in my apartment, still trying to process everything that happened over the last week, but also scoping out possible locations for the next big adventure. Backpacking is a bug; I can never shake it once Iíve caught it. Temporally, Iíve barely left the trail, yet I sit here about a thousand miles away, happy to have showered, but missing the adventure that Iíve left behind."

Well said. You did a great job. Looking forward to your NEXT trip report from Texas.  :icon_wink:
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Re: Spring Break Photo Report (OML Fail, GuMo, Other Activities in Texas)
« Reply #9 on: March 21, 2018, 08:13:19 AM »
Nice job and a good but quick introduction to West Texas.  Next time you will want to concentrate on one place and really start some explorations.  You can spend a life time checking out the various parts of the park.

Thanks for taking the time to write a report, I agree with HMoD that sometimes an unknown and potentially "scary" trail (lack of water) is more a mental obstacle than physical but it all adds up in the end.
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Re: Spring Break Photo Report (OML Fail, GuMo, Other Activities in Texas)
« Reply #10 on: March 21, 2018, 01:48:09 PM »
Thank you to everyone for the kind words. I am glad that people think that we got the gist of the OML. I hope to make it back to Texas in the near future, but I think that the next big trip is probably going to be somewhere in Wyoming or Montana. I will need someplace warm for next March though!

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Re: Spring Break Photo Report (OML Fail, GuMo, Other Activities in Texas)
« Reply #11 on: March 21, 2018, 04:57:35 PM »
And, dude, you surely are the first Big Bend Chat user to include a field test of cricket cookies.   :great:

Basic Recipe:

Take oats, peanut butter, chia seeds, honey, vanilla extract, cricket powder, and water, all of the measurements were totally eyeballed and I can't really give an estimate of how much of anything I used. Pretty much just combine everything, make sure to mix vigorously and add more peanut butter/water if it's powdery and won't mix. It shouldn't be watery it should be more like a dough than a batter.  Let the mixture sit in the fridge for an hour or so, then roll them out into whatever shape you want, and bake at a low temp (225 or so) for a couple of hours to firm them up and dehydrate them without letting them burn.

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Re: Spring Break Photo Report (OML Fail, GuMo, Other Activities in Texas)
« Reply #12 on: March 21, 2018, 05:41:57 PM »
And, dude, you surely are the first Big Bend Chat user to include a field test of cricket cookies.   :great:

Basic Recipe:

Take oats, peanut butter, chia seeds, honey, vanilla extract, cricket powder, and water, all of the measurements were totally eyeballed and I can't really give an estimate of how much of anything I used. Pretty much just combine everything, make sure to mix vigorously and add more peanut butter/water if it's powdery and won't mix. It shouldn't be watery it should be more like a dough than a batter.  Let the mixture sit in the fridge for an hour or so, then roll them out into whatever shape you want, and bake at a low temp (225 or so) for a couple of hours to firm them up and dehydrate them without letting them burn.

Iíll stick with oatmeal raisin!
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Re: Spring Break Photo Report (OML Fail, GuMo, Other Activities in Texas)
« Reply #13 on: March 21, 2018, 08:50:58 PM »
And, dude, you surely are the first Big Bend Chat user to include a field test of cricket cookies.   :great:

Basic Recipe:

Take oats, peanut butter, chia seeds, honey, vanilla extract, cricket powder, and water, all of the measurements were totally eyeballed and I can't really give an estimate of how much of anything I used. Pretty much just combine everything, make sure to mix vigorously and add more peanut butter/water if it's powdery and won't mix. It shouldn't be watery it should be more like a dough than a batter.  Let the mixture sit in the fridge for an hour or so, then roll them out into whatever shape you want, and bake at a low temp (225 or so) for a couple of hours to firm them up and dehydrate them without letting them burn.

Iíll stick with oatmeal raisin!

Haha!  I'll give it a shot.  By the time my kids are grown, everyone will be eating crickets. Now I have to go find some cricket powder.
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Re: Spring Break Photo Report (OML Fail, GuMo, Other Activities in Texas)
« Reply #14 on: March 21, 2018, 10:05:36 PM »
The only bugs Iím eating are shrimp, lobster and crawfish.
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