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Trip Report to Banta March 3-7

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Offline CactusFlower

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Trip Report to Banta March 3-7
« on: March 27, 2010, 02:15:09 PM »
Hi all, this is my first time posting a trip report, so bear with me if the pics don't come through or if I didn't resize them right.  We drove from Dallas and arrived at Telephone Canyon #1 around dinner time (Roy's Peak spot was taken -- oh well!).  After a quick breakfast, we got a drop off at the Roy's Peak campsite, took a group shot, and waved goodbye to our drop-off.  Some of the other people in the picture are on this chatpage, I'll let them chime in, if they want.

We headed down the wash and eventually joined Tornillo.  Lots of javalina tracks, deer, and what we thought was probably bear and coyote.  The further along we went, we started seeing more and more pools of water, filled with tadpoles-almost-frogs, fish, and once we scared some ducks away from their nice shady water spot!  The walking was easy, neat rock formations, and plenty of shady areas, although it wasn't too hot.  There were quite a few bunches of bluebonnets in the river bed.  This was our first time back to Banta, so when we arrived at the shut in, we in complete awe at the rock.  The water was cold but not too deep.  We got through and rested for a while.  According to our GPS, it was close to 7 miles from Roy's Peak.  We decided to continue hiking a little more, since we weren't exactly sure how far it was out to La Noria.  We went about another mile, then made camp.  Right before we setup, we saw a bobcat.  It was quite a ways away but still a thrill for us all (too small to be mountain lion, different shape).  

The stars were amazing and we had a nice rice dinner and then freshly made brownies on the stove.  Very yummy!  The night wasn't too cold and we rose early to get started.  It got very hot that day so we were glad we did, as there wasn't much shade that day and the creek became very wide.  We weren't exactly sure where to jump out of the creek but between the GPS and the 7 1/2 minute map, we actually guessed it right on!  There was a trail leading from the creek right to the La Noria campsites.  We lucked out.  Unfortunately, we were hours ahead of our pick up and had to fine shade under creosote bushes to wait out.  We explored the cemetery a bit but it was hot!  Our pickup eventually arrived and we decided to go to Rio Grande campground for the nice showers and ice cream.  That's where the sunset picture was taken.  For the rest of the trip, we did the Rio Grande to Hot Springs trail, passing by the second hotsprings.  There was just grass around it, easy to see from the trail and you can still clearly see the flood line from 2008.  Then we spent the night at the Stillwell campground, which is huge but we had it all to ourselves and it was nice to have a campfire.  Anyway, it was a great trip and we have this board to thank in part for our planning and suggesting starting at Roy's Peak rather than K-Bar.  Total trip mileage was around 15 miles.  
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Re: Trip Report to Banta March 3-7
« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2010, 03:17:47 PM »
Cactus Flower, which one in the picture is you? and the other folks are members of BBC too?.
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Re: Trip Report to Banta March 3-7
« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2010, 03:30:59 PM »
homerboy, the order (from the left) is brother, sister, husband, Me! and our mom.  Yes, most of us are on BBC but I thought I'd let them identify themselves by their screen name if they want.  My dad (not pictured) generously acted as our driver and that sure opens up lots of neat hikes to do.  My other brother was unable to make it but he usually joins our trips too.  Our first family trip to the park was in 1980 and we have enjoyed it yearly if not bi-yearly ever since.  Next trip is in October!     

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Re: Trip Report to Banta March 3-7
« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2010, 03:41:22 PM »
Great little trip, sure is nice to have folks to drop you off and pick you up.  I want to walk down Tornillo on a future trip and jump out at La Noria.  Banta is a special place for sure.  Thanks.
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Re: Trip Report to Banta March 3-7
« Reply #4 on: March 28, 2010, 12:26:41 AM »
I had trouble posting this so I hope it doesnt appear two times.

This is "Mom" from Cactus Flower's Banta trek. The first day as we hiked to banta was full of excitement over the rock shelves and pour-offs and the water we found. How nice to do a trek and be able to filter water and not have to carry it all.

 Here is a a picture of my favorite part of the trek as we went down a rock crevasse to get to lower ground.

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Re: Trip Report to Banta March 3-7
« Reply #5 on: March 28, 2010, 09:30:10 PM »
homerboy, the order (from the left) is brother, sister, husband, Me! and our mom.  Yes, most of us are on BBC but I thought I'd let them identify themselves by their screen name if they want.  My dad (not pictured) generously acted as our driver and that sure opens up lots of neat hikes to do.  My other brother was unable to make it but he usually joins our trips too.  Our first family trip to the park was in 1980 and we have enjoyed it yearly if not bi-yearly ever since.  Next trip is in October!     

Which one is huspand?  Ha ha(inside joke)

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Offline CactusFlower

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Re: Trip Report to Banta March 3-7
« Reply #6 on: March 28, 2010, 09:40:05 PM »
Hardy-har-har Tom!  Everyone else, that is just my brother from the picture being....well, you know....my brother!

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Re: Trip Report to Banta March 3-7
« Reply #7 on: March 29, 2010, 01:14:05 AM »
Great little trip, sure is nice to have folks to drop you off and pick you up.  I want to walk down Tornillo on a future trip and jump out at La Noria.  Banta is a special place for sure.  Thanks.

Great trip, period.  Thanks for letting us in on it!

Al

 


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