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Flash July 22-28, 2018 Trip

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Re: Flash July 22-28, 2018 Trip
« Reply #30 on: August 14, 2018, 09:19:15 PM »
Thank you! Excellent pics

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Thanks  :)


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Re: Flash July 22-28, 2018 Trip
« Reply #31 on: August 14, 2018, 09:24:47 PM »
Awesome!!   :notworthy: Thank you for sharing. When do we get to the part about the painted redstart and the colima warblers?


No problem.  ;)

Well, I thought of you and Alan, but I wouldn't know a painted warbler or colima redstart if I... Well, I did listen to the song of a colima warbler from Cornell Labs before I left home... I did see a Common Raven in the lower part of Oak Creek Canyon near the Pouroff, how's that?

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Re: Flash July 22-28, 2018 Trip
« Reply #32 on: August 14, 2018, 09:38:51 PM »

Thursday July 26th - Window Pouroff Trail and Oak Spring Trail

We headed down the Window Pouroff Trail from the campground trailhead starting out at 11:20am. About a mile or so down the trail, we heard noises off-trail to the left. I then spotted a black bear and cub about 50' back in the trees and creek bed to the south. Momma lumbered slowly along while baby bear scampered about closely behind her. I believe I may have sung my bear song a bit. We continued on down the trail speaking loudly to each other, "Think we will see any bears today, honey?" says one followed by, "I don't know, dear, but I sure hope so!" says the other.

Reaching the bottom of the CCC-made steps near the then dry tinaja.

Looking back up the lower part of the canyon.

There it is!

Such a crazy view perspective-wise combined with slippery sculpted rock always makes the setting pretty exciting to me.

The Pouroff is my wike's favorite Big Bend spot.

I like the pouroff, too, but it also gives me the willies.

Did you known there is a second Sphinx? Cousin or sibling, but I'm not sure.

When I look at that split, I wonder if the water, way back when, ever flowed through it before the rest of the rock washed and/or fractured away.

Held my camera out at arms length to get a view below the Pouroff.

Don't look down.

The desert below.

Great angles and smoothed shapes. I wonder if anyone has ever slid over the edge?

Relaxing on the slippery chute.

Nested gaps...

...or slots rather.

Stairway to...

From the first overlook on the Oak Spring Trail.

Oak Spring down below and enclosed in a fence.

Looking up at Vernon Bailey from the same spot. That scree field seems to be flowing out of that narrow slot. Wonder if that chimney might be a possible way up?

Resuming the climb up the trail. Toll Mountain peeking out in the distance.

Looking toward the next overlook up the trail.

Our back trail as we are skirting the base of Vernon Bailey.

Shark fins on Amon Carter.

At the end of the long reach before entering the first switchback, we decided this would be our turnaround point. Great views were enjoyed as we wrapped around the base of Vernon Bailey.

Homer Wilson's stomping grounds down below.

Heading back we stopped to look at that rusty box.

Loved the way the trail was cut into the side of the mountain.

Guessing this tagged box houses a bleeder valve to let air out at a high point in the Basin water supply line.

Looking off toward Burro Mesa.

Slope of Vernon Bailey behind us.

Recent repair clamp added to the Basin water supply line.

From my former oilfield experiences, clamps tend to be considered temporary repairs, until you have time and money to fix it right. They have also been known to be considered permanent as well!

Winding around near the overlook... we begin to re-enter the Oak Creek Canyon to return to the Basin Campground.

Tracklog as displayed in Garmin BaseCamp.

Later in the evening, as we are returning from Study Butte, we stop to speculate how we would make the hike up to the Watchman's House.

I was teasing my wife saying I thought I saw grafetti over the door, but somehow it didn't seem to get captured by the photo... She didn't believe me any way.

Lion and Bear Country

Pulliam Bluff

Thanks for reading.

To be continued...


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Re: Flash July 22-28, 2018 Trip
« Reply #33 on: August 14, 2018, 11:04:14 PM »
I get real nervous around that slick Window rock, too.  Burro Mesa Pouroff has the same effect.
This is the first I've heard about Watchman's House.  That's a neat structure!


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Re: Flash July 22-28, 2018 Trip
« Reply #34 on: August 15, 2018, 06:56:46 AM »
Always a pleasure to read Flash


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Re: Flash July 22-28, 2018 Trip
« Reply #35 on: August 15, 2018, 07:49:00 AM »
Flash made a comment about someone needing to explore the "hideout hole" below the south rim lip.  I can't recall their names but I remember reading a few reports from some crazy rock climbers on here.  I think in a recent one the author went down a ways from Santa Elena and climbed UP onto the mesa and stood at the point up on the cliff wall near Santa Elena.  Some others I recall were some guys who did climbs/rappels down some pour offs.  Had me holding my breath.

I'm not into that and not sure it can be done but after Flash's comment, I bet it won't be long until someone scoots down from the rim and through that hole and then maybe down to the Dodson or starts on the Dodson and works there way up.  Be another trip report that scares me.


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Re: Flash July 22-28, 2018 Trip - Boquillas
« Reply #36 on: August 16, 2018, 09:30:02 PM »
Friday July 27th - Boquillas del Carmen, Coahuila

This map of Boquillas del Carmen is on the counter of the Rio Grande Village Store. They also have one of Santa Elena drawn in the same orthographic style. That tells you how old they are, i.e. pre-2001.

This was our first visit to Boquillas. Walking the shady path to the River.

Before crossing we paused to take pictures.

I wore my yellow shirt a) because it was clean and b) so there would be no mistake which one was me: El hombre con la camisa amarilla.

The boatman sets out across the placid River to pick us up.

We politely declined a ride into town from Esteban, opting to walk instead. It was easily already over a 100, so we stopped in a shady spot halfway to get out of the sun and to view the town.

Wandering around town, we soon realized that altough we had declined a guide, that Esteban would pop up out from somewhere from time to time. He found us behind a building with this overlook of the River and took our picture for us.

Next we meandered along main street and here ended up in front of the Park Bar. It looked like it was closed.

Ready for lunch we went over to the Boquillas Restaurant run by Ventura Falcon. We ordered a round of Mexican Cokes for starters.

Diet Coke for my wife.

We are just chatting away and visiting with Sr. Falcon enjoying the shade...

When along comes Esteban...

...who poses with my wife...

...and again takes our picture.

The food has come and my wife heartily approves of the salsa.

All the food disappeared. Note the Immigration compound is nextdoor and the other Falcon's is directly across the street. That aoudad skull and horns was quite popular with the visitors that came by. There were probably 8 or 10 touristas about while we were there.

After lunch we wandered in the other direction and saw the Park Bar now had its door open, so we headed over that way to look inside. I selected a nice cold Tecate.

Taking the cerveza with me, we wandered over toward and around back of Falcon's to view the River.

The River makes a tight bend here. In the past I once saw a group of outfitter canoes beached on the sandbar below and assumed the group had stopped for lunch.

There are several levels below Falcon's. Probably many a fandango has happened on these terraces.

They had some old mining relics on display.

We climbed the stairs in the back and emerged on a large shady veranda. Here I am admiring the interesting Russian labeling on my Tecate I still carried from the Park Bar. I presumed this to be export packaging.

We ordered a couple Topo Chicos (aqua con gas) and enjoyed this fellow strumming on his guitar.

Later, we were getting hot and sleepy and about ready to head back. Esteban appears from out of the shade after we checked out at the Immigration trailer. We accept his kind offer of a ride to the crossing. He convinces us to come to his house so he can show us his box of rock samples consisting of lead, silver, and copper ore as well as various interesting crystals. Here is his business card he showed us. Esteban Onate is the same gentleman that guided Joelg on his research trip to study the Puerto Rico Mine a few years ago, which some of you may remember reading about. I recognized photos in Esteban's portfolio he showed us as identical to ones Joel used in his trip report.

Here I am back in the USA going through a mild case of reverse culture shock. Did you know that the doors and windows in the restrooms are trimmed out in nothing less than mahogany? The contrast between the Immigration stations on either side is interesting to say the least, although both are modern enough.

Well, that is all I plan to post on this trip, unless there are any questions, comments, etc. Thanks to all for reading.  :great:

- Flash


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Re: Flash July 22-28, 2018 Trip
« Reply #37 on: August 17, 2018, 07:11:11 AM »
Great stuff Flash!  I like Esteban's hat "The Border Makes America Great"
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Re: Flash July 22-28, 2018 Trip - Boquillas
« Reply #38 on: August 17, 2018, 09:27:00 AM »
The food has come and my wife heartily approves of the salsa.

Man, you're making me hungry!

Here I am admiring the interesting Russian labeling on my Tecate I still carried from the Park Bar. I presumed this to be export packaging.

Interesting spelling: "OREGENAL" according to this.

Great trip, Flash!



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