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11 hours ago, tejas60 said:

heading to the property in Solitario in 2 weeks. new moon so hopefully the sky is clear. gonna make my first drive up Christmas Mountains.

you're going to the state park?

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we'll stay at the Terlingua Ranch Lodge Wed & Thurs, then camp out north of Terlingua. 

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Just got done with 4 nights camping in BBRSP with the fam. We were at La Posta campsite, first time going to the interior of the park. Did a few day hikes, Fresno overlook, Cinco Tinajas, and hiked down Fresno Canyon Rd to the bottom of the canyon.

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Left Wednesday afternoon and returned to Austin this evening. Camped in BBNP Thursday and Friday night, drove to Alpine on Saturday afternoon and stopped over there for the evening. Did Boquillas and the hot springs on Thursday, Window Trail, Lost Mines, and snuck over to Starlight Theater/Terlingua on Friday, and Santa Elena Canyon Saturday morning before heading for Alpine. Great trip. It is really such an awe inspiring place. The bluebonnets were a cool touch that took it to 11. Already missing it.

 

Girlfriend thinks she's Ansel Adams so I don't take many photos myself. Fine with me, as I'm more than content to just admire the landscape. Here is one phone photo I have, from the oveerlook on the Rio Grande Nature Trail looking towards the Sierra del Carmen at sunset. I'll hopefully share a few more once she shorts through her shots.

 

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Just got back today.  The flowers were awesome.  Our highlights were an overnight backpack up into the Chisos and an overnight raft trip. We had 2 families, each with a 6 and 9 year old.  We hiked in ~4 miles and dropped off gear at the campsite in Laguna Meadow (#2-huge site, plenty of room for a big group, and right below Emory Peak), then did the 5 mile round trip to the South Rim in one day and hiked out the next day.  We were so proud of the kids.  My wife and I hiked it ~13 years ago, but the entire range had a cloud sitting on it so we never saw a thing.  The view off the rim this time was so worth the effort with the kids (carrying all that water was a bitch).

The raft trip was with Far Flung and went through Colorado and Dark Canyons in the State park.  The outfitter did a great job and we all had so much fun.   We also went across the border to Boquillas, went to the hot spring, hiked the window, went to the Starlight, stayed in the Tipis at Basecamp Terlingua, which were really nice,  and stayed in Marathon a night. 

What a great place to visit.

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Sucks... Kinda surprised it hasnt happened before with it being such an arid place
Im sure they will restore it...hopefully

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Sucks... Kinda surprised it hasnt happened before with it being such an arid place
Im sure they will restore it...hopefully


Same, although they do have fires pretty often. I think 2017 was the last big one.

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Same, although they do have fires pretty often. I think 2017 was the last big one.
Yeah 1000 acres in 2017...this one moved away from historic sites currently at least and im sure you read the link...firefighters saved a few adobe structures including the Alvino house(oldest one by most guesses)

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Yeah 1000 acres in 2017...this one moved away from historic sites currently at least and im sure you read the link...firefighters saved a few adobe structures including the Alvino house(oldest one by most guesses)

 

Yup, thankfully.

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Have never been to Big Bend - so I just want to do some exploring, nothing crazy as far as 4x4 or big hikes.   Just a first time, 50 something year old by himself look around.

I am going Thursday Nov 7th (I can be there around noon)  and leaving sunday.

Have 4x4 truck but just a plain f150 no lift or anything special.    I have a bed tent, so will just sleep in that.

Where should I camp?   I am fine staying in a motel on Thursday night if i am arriving too late on thursday -

What should I do. - must sees etc. (would like to maybe go into mexico).  

TIA

 

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Bump to the top:
Have never been to Big Bend - so I just want to do some exploring, nothing crazy as far as 4x4 or big hikes.   Just a first time, 50 something year old by himself look around.
I am going Thursday Nov 7th (I can be there around noon)  and leaving sunday.
Have 4x4 truck but just a plain f150 no lift or anything special.    I have a bed tent, so will just sleep in that.
Where should I camp?   I am fine staying in a motel on Thursday night if i am arriving too late on thursday -
What should I do. - must sees etc. (would like to maybe go into mexico).  
TIA
 
The only place to cross into mexico is the boquillas crossing(bring your passport).

Santa Elena canyon is a must and not really a hike.

The window trail in chisos mountains is 6 miles roundtrip. Not sure what your nothing crazy limit is. It will be downhill at start and uphill on the way back but nothing like a steep incline

Also plan on finishing a few nights soaking in the natural hot springs its a short 1.1 mile roundtrip from the parking lot

Also make plan to stay up and stargaze once as it is a listed dark park and very far away from any ambient light sources. Last time i was lucky enough to see a meteor light up the sky with a huge flash of green.

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On 10/1/2019 at 2:18 PM, Mr. Drummond said:

Bump to the top:

Have never been to Big Bend - so I just want to do some exploring, nothing crazy as far as 4x4 or big hikes.   Just a first time, 50 something year old by himself look around.

I am going Thursday Nov 7th (I can be there around noon)  and leaving sunday.

Have 4x4 truck but just a plain f150 no lift or anything special.    I have a bed tent, so will just sleep in that.

Where should I camp?   I am fine staying in a motel on Thursday night if i am arriving too late on thursday -

What should I do. - must sees etc. (would like to maybe go into mexico).  

TIA

 

Lost mine trail, Santa Elena canyon. If you have a high clearance vehicle, pick a Pine canyon campsite and stay there. #4 and #2 are personal favorites. Did it in a stock Tacoma. 
 

Bone is right, we took pics with our cellphone of the Milky Way and video’d an ISS transit. 
 

enjoy paradise.

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Pine Canyon was also my favorite camping spot when we went. I think we were in #3 maybe. We did fine in just a regular 2x4 F150 getting to the site, so no worries there. Definitely hit up the backcountry campsites, though. Much better than being stacked up together. The Lost Mine Trail is one of the most popular trails for a reason. It's relatively short, but gains a pretty good bit of elevation. Bring something to eat or maybe coffee in a thermos to sit at the top end enjoy the scenery. It's pretty windy and chilly at the top, so bring appropriate clothes as well.

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Also, pay attention to the moon phase and moonrise/moonset times when planning a trip. We had a full moon and clear skies during our trip, and it actually lit the skies up enough that we couldn't see the stars as well.

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Could a Subaru Outback make it to Pine Canyon?  I have the V6 variety so slightly higher clearance than the mom car version.

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1 minute ago, gecko said:

Could a Subaru Outback make it to Pine Canyon?  I have the V6 variety so slightly higher clearance than the mom car version.

Its possible. I'd make sure you have tires you trust, I shredded a Cooper AT on the road to access Pine Canyon road.

My brother bought an outback with plans to take it to PC, but he hasn't made it out there yet.

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We are heading out for our first visit the weekend before Thanksgiving.  This thread has me pretty pumped.  We planned it so we would be there during a nearly new moon.

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On 11/12/2019 at 4:18 PM, dlatin said:

We are heading out for our first visit the weekend before Thanksgiving.  This thread has me pretty pumped.  We planned it so we would be there during a nearly new moon.

Good call on planning it around the moon phase. Hope the skies are clear for you. Remember to take plenty of pictures and post them here.

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I think there's 3 restaurants and bars. It's a dusty town filled with desperate people and tuberculosis babies, but it's worth the crossing. Leave some dollars behind.

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Anyone stayed in one of the cottages in Chisos? Thinking of taking my wife there for her birthday. We usually stay at the Perry Mansion in Terlingua with another couple but it's just us this time.

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Cottages are rustic, basic, but comfortable.  No TV and last time I was there the Wifi was very spotty - but I didn't care.  We do cottages or lodges for the location.

If possible, try and reserve cottage #103.  Its the most popular as you have views of the sun setting.  I used to do my reservations by calling the lodge directly.  It's been a while, so they may not accept them that way any more.

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Pre 9/11. D/FW yuppies illegally cross the Rio Grande into Mexico near Lajitas.


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On 11/12/2019 at 4:18 PM, dlatin said:

We are heading out for our first visit the weekend before Thanksgiving.  This thread has me pretty pumped.  We planned it so we would be there during a nearly new moon.

heading out tomorrow for a full week. New Moon is Tuesday. staying at Tin Valley Saturday night, pitch camp on property in Solitairio section Sunday, then back to Ranch Lodge Saturday before leaving Sunday.

Boquillas Wed or Friday. Falcons!

ya'll have a good Thanksgiving.

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1 hour ago, tejas60 said:

heading out tomorrow for a full week. New Moon is Tuesday. staying at Tin Valley Saturday night, pitch camp on property in Solitairio section Sunday, then back to Ranch Lodge Saturday before leaving Sunday.

Boquillas Wed or Friday. Falcons!

ya'll have a good Thanksgiving.

Hopefully the clouds stay away...at least 1 night since we planned this whole trip to see the stars...my birthday is Sunday and we'll be doing a river trip that day.  Hopefully though SE Canyon.

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3 hours ago, tejas60 said:

heading out tomorrow for a full week. New Moon is Tuesday. staying at Tin Valley Saturday night, pitch camp on property in Solitairio section Sunday, then back to Ranch Lodge Saturday before leaving Sunday.

Boquillas Wed or Friday. Falcons!

ya'll have a good Thanksgiving.

We had a Peregrine Falcon dive past us when we were on top of Emory Peak.  Definite holy shit what was the fuck was that moment.

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Had planned on going this weekend, reserved our spot in May. Flu B hit my son this week and had knocked him on his ass. Still debating making the trip on my own.

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Just came across this on YouTube.  Documentary type deal called "Change in the Big Bend" featuring the family of yours truly, the Stillwells, and some friends or ours, the O'Neils. 

I know some of you will get a kick out of it.  If you're a No Country For Old Men fan, you'll get that itch a bit scratched too by the narrator.

Enjoy...

 

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On 11/14/2019 at 7:16 AM, GreenspointTexas said:

Thoughts on Boquillas?

Take your passport. It’s a full-fledged official border crossing now, complete with customs and  BP. You’ll be scanned, same as  if you just flew into JFK.  Rent the horses on the other side. It’s not a scam and it’s worth it. The road up to town floods easily and stays really muddy.  Plus those guys need the business. I took my kids across a couple summers ago. They loved the experience and said it was the best meal they had on the trip. 2 restaurants in town... we ate on the patio of the one on the right side.  

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Cajun, that's really cool about your family. That's the kinda people that truly gave Texas our reputation, especially the women.

I tip my hat, sir.

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Lat22 went out to the ranch w/me back in our UT days.  He spent a few minutes with Hallie on the front porch of our little store.  Later on, while we were icing down beer and loading up mags for the great jackrabbit slaughter of 1980whatever it was, I asked him what he thought of her.

He said, "I mean this with all due respect, but your great grandmother's the toughest man I've ever met."

Funny shit, but he wasn't wrong.

That woman did not fuck around.

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And as you can see, when it came to jackrabbit slaughters, Lat22 didn't fuck around either...

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Gotta respect the man's trigger discipline.

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Lat gave me permission awhile back to post up old pics of him since father time has rendered both of us unrecognizable from those days

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Sure do miss Rat Patrollin' in the old yella dog Jeep out there...

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