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Trip Nov 21-26th

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Re: Trip Nov 21-26th
« Reply #30 on: December 01, 2008, 11:25:03 PM »
Day 4

After a cool, pleasant night, I awoke with a nagging throb in my left knee, and knew that the final leg into Mule Ears and my truck was going to hurt. 800 mg of Ibuprofen washed down with a quart of water, 2 Pop tarts, and were were ready to go. Since it was early and cool and it wasn't far to ME Spring, we dumped all our water except 3 quarts and headed on the lazy downhill walk to the junction of ME trail ad the climb up the escarpment out of Smoky Creek.


Pictures are a little scarce on this leg (because of my leg), but we followed water for about 1 1/2 miles below our campsite and well outside the canyons the before it finally disappeared into the gravel of Smoky Creek.


Some of you who have hiked Smoky may recognize this spot, but probably have not seen it with a waterfall.









The trek to the escarpment was quick and not overly painful, and the slog up the escarpment was slow but one step at a time gets you up the hill. We cruised into Mule Ears Spring after a short rest on the escarpment and then made the final assault on the small rise toward the terminus of the trail.

It was with a sense of accomplishment that we both gave a sigh of relief as we shrugged of the packs that had burdened us for the last 4 days. I gave LGKs a big hug and thanked her for being such a great and strong partner as well as being a wonderful daughter.

We had a couple of cold Capri-Sun lemonades from an ice chest in my truck and headed IMMEDIATELY to Study Butte for a shower and change of clothes.

After the shower (worth it at 5 x's the price) we headed to PJ to turn in our permit and up to the lodge for lunch.

I had the BBR Cheesburger and 3 glasses of tea, and LGK had the Cheeseburger off the kid's menu. Her burger was exactly like mine and she ate every bit + french fries and 2 glasses of Sprite....maybe I should feed her more on the trail.

We headed back to the Basin for our last night and spent the afternoon getting rid of trash and cleaning things for our departure the next morning. That evening we spent an hour together watching 2 episodes of the "Gilmore Girls" on a portable DVD player before sleeping in a real bed (inflatable) with real pillows in our big tent at the Basin. Felt like a 5 star hotel, but after being in the Quemadas, it seemed a bit crowded and noisy.

The next morning we packed up early and were given a great Big Bend sunrise send-off before we headed back to Houston.



What a beautiful way to head home.

We arrived back in Houston via Hwy 90/ I-10 the night before Thanksgiving, tired from the drive and physical effort of our hike, but my mind was clear and my soul refreshed.

So is the life of an addicted Bender.


For those who are interested in such things... Gas was cheaper ($2.14) at PJ, than it was in Marathon ($2.22) and I picked up a tank in Del Rio for $1.43 (Chevron)


Below is the elevation profile for the entire loop. If anyone needs any tracks let me know.



Thanks for reading, I hope I didn't ramble too much!

Moderator note: I have no idea why I'm still seeing all of the blank space below....I'm betting it has to do with the resized images...
Great report and pics, BTW!
« Last Edit: January 28, 2010, 06:55:15 PM by badknees »
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Re: Trip Nov 21-26th
« Reply #31 on: December 01, 2008, 11:37:10 PM »
BK, you are among the very few when it comes to, not only a great trip report but, great trips!

Thanks!
Al

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Re: Trip Nov 21-26th
« Reply #32 on: December 01, 2008, 11:50:01 PM »
BK, you are among the very few when it comes to, not only a great trip report but, great trips!

Thanks!
Al

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Re: Trip Nov 21-26th
« Reply #33 on: December 01, 2008, 11:58:38 PM »
BK, I'm not in your league but next trip is scheduled in January and I'll at least post a few pictures with succinct narrative, which will no doubt pale in comparison . . .

Al

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Re: Trip Nov 21-26th
« Reply #34 on: December 02, 2008, 12:55:22 AM »
Quote from: Badknees wrote:
Thanks for reading, I hope I didn't ramble too much!

 Ramble?....ha!, thank you Se?or Badknees for inspiring both of my oldest daughters to do a hike in the near future. A more than fantastic trip report, as expected of you.

 A bow in recognition and my hat off in respect...:eusa_clap: :eusa_clap:

Muchas Gracias.
Stay thirsty, my friends.

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Re: Trip Nov 21-26th
« Reply #35 on: December 02, 2008, 07:43:45 AM »
Great trip report and I am glad you two made it the whole way.  LGK is indeed a lucky girl. While I was out camping before I could walk, I didn't carry a pack for an overnight until I was 13. Keep her at it and she will be much better for it through her whole life!  :eusa_clap: Thanks.
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Re: Trip Nov 21-26th
« Reply #36 on: December 02, 2008, 07:45:17 AM »
I think it's safe to say you kept your rambling to the trail (and off-trail).  :icon_smile:

Love that last sunrise pic -- what a great send-off. It was every bit as beautiful from Dominguez Spring, where Ay Chihuahua! and I viewed it.

And isn't it wonderful to eat a meal off of a plate, instead of out of a bag?

Great trip! Too bad we crossed your path like ships passing in the night, but your two sets of footprints were our cairns at times.
Jeff Blaylock
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splendor and the complicated grandeur of Big Bend will still be here. Waiting for us."--Ed Abbey

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Re: Trip Nov 21-26th
« Reply #37 on: December 02, 2008, 10:33:20 AM »
What a great trip report. I'm so glad that you had the chance to make this hike and had a good time. This was almost exactly the same hike that I did several years ago. We had done a scouting trip previously and hiked the Smokey Creek to Fisk Canyon route so were prepared for the pouroffs.

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Re: Trip Nov 21-26th
« Reply #38 on: December 02, 2008, 05:05:58 PM »
Great trip report! Can't wait until my girls and I gain enough experience to get out like that!! Thanks and Cheers!
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Re: Trip Nov 21-26th
« Reply #39 on: December 02, 2008, 05:37:35 PM »
A great trip report.  LGK is a lucky girl and a good sport too.  You both have a great relationship.  The time I get to hike with my sons is the best.  Keep trekking and enjoying each others company.

Ted

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Re: Trip Nov 21-26th
« Reply #40 on: December 02, 2008, 09:59:02 PM »
Thanks for posting this great trip report Badknee's it makes me want to go right now!  ... TWWG

Me too...but a bit more of a pipe dream than for some of my compadres. 

This has been so cool to read BK/LGK's report and Jeff's one after another.  How neat to know that you were 'so close and yet so far' from each other, and especially for Jeff and AyChi to find BK's & LGK's footprints. 
« Last Edit: December 02, 2008, 10:06:43 PM by TexasGirl »
As a matter of fact, I _do_ have an opinion on that....

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Re: Trip Nov 21-26th
« Reply #41 on: December 03, 2008, 12:01:49 PM »
Thanks for posting this great trip report Badknee's it makes me want to go right now!  ... TWWG

Me too...but a bit more of a pipe dream than for some of my compadres. 

This has been so cool to read BK/LGK's report and Jeff's one after another.  How neat to know that you were 'so close and yet so far' from each other, and especially for Jeff and AyChi to find BK's & LGK's footprints. 

We had mixed feelings about running into Jeff and Chi. On one hand we wanted to meet them and on the other we we really enjoying the solitude.

We missed crossing paths by about an hour, but in the Quemadas the bootprints were the only sign. I'm glad it gave Jeff and Chi a "trail of breadcrumbs"
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Re: Trip Nov 21-26th
« Reply #42 on: December 03, 2008, 12:20:15 PM »
Great report and photos. I enjoyed it! Thanks for sharing.

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Re: Trip Nov 21-26th
« Reply #43 on: December 03, 2008, 12:38:24 PM »
badknees,

I really enjoyed reading your report.  While I don't know you or your daughter, I thought about the two of you quite a bit as I followed your backwards footprints.  You are truly blessed to have a daughter and even more so that she enjoys going on these trips with you.  Too bad we just barely missed one another, but like you said, the solitude was something to embrace.

BTW, did LGK happen to loose a glove on Jack's Pass?  I found a white ladies fleece glove on our way up the East side.

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Re: Trip Nov 21-26th
« Reply #44 on: December 03, 2008, 02:44:24 PM »
Chi,

Thanks.

I've enjoyed your photos as well and we talked about you guys during our trek too. We kept thinking you might show up around the next turn in the wash. We also were trying to figure out how hard it was going to be for you guys to climb up Jack's Pass. We wanted to warn you about all the grass burrs in Fisk canyon, and give you water reports so you could travel light.

LGKs didn't lose a white glove, she had brown ones with her. Must have been some other crazy climbing Jack's pass!

With best regards,

BK and LGKs
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