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Posted: 11/30/10 02:44pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I've seen several reports here on Big Bend National and State parks that have made it one of my bucket list for many years. This year we took 2 weeks in November and headed east to Texas.

We started on the eastern side of BB Natl park. Here we met my wife's sister and husband who joined us for a week. Our first night was in the Rio Grande Village campground. As you can see we had the place to ourselves.

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The next day we hicked along the river to the hot springs.

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I tried a panoramic shot of it from the top of the cliffs.

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We were being watched during the hike along the cottonwoods...

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The next day took us up the Old Ore road. From there we headed over to the Chisos Basin. The campgrond there was being renovated and was closed but the views were spectacular.

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Off we went down an unmarked road in search of a place to spend the night.

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Out hiking the next day we found this guy. But Dave's not here?

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And some red prickly pear.

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The we found a trail to the balancing rocks.

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The next stop was St. Elena canyon. It's amazing from the bottom hiking and from the river. 1500 feet of vertical walls.

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My hiking buddy had to get his feet wet. He was getting a little warm with the 90 degree days.

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After exploring the canyon we went west.

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On our way we stopped to see where the short people lived. Can you picture raising 10 kids in here?

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Along the road was an old movie set.

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Out of the state park we were headed towards Terlingua. A stop at the Big Bend RV Park was a nice break, especially finding that they had showers and a laundry.

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West of Terlingua the International Chili Cookoff was in full swing.

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Last stop was the Terlingua Ghost Town.

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Finally the truck gets a well deserved bath too.

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I'll leave you with some landscapes pictures of this amazing place. It's hard to believe this is one of the least visited national parks. I hope you enjoyed sharing our trip.

Steve

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Can you see the mule ears?

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Posted: 11/30/10 03:00pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

awe, the memories. Big Bend is one of my favorite places. We have never done the Chile Cook off.


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We went there last November. Unforgettable that's for sure! Thanks!


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Beautiful! Hope to get there one day.[emoticon]





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Wow, Great Photos, Big Bend is one place I have never visited, but now that I have seen what it looks like, it's on my to do list. Thanks again for posting.

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Thanks for sharing your trip to the edge. Have always wanted to visit Big Bend NP since my parents sent some pictures from there years ago, but it will have to wait a few more years.


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Posted: 11/30/10 04:08pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

very nice repot... thanks

Janet and I went there in the spring of 2006... had a good time. as we lrft we drove the farm road from Terilinga to Presido... parked 5 feet from the Rio Grande just outside the park... Mexico was less than 15 feet from our camper... stayed 2 days... no one payed us any attention.

It's a very long way from about anywhere... makes it hard for working folk to travel there... perfect for retirees.

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Posted: 11/30/10 04:26pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanx for a great report on a very favorite place of ours. Too bad you missed wild flower and cactii blooming seasons. Even more awesome, the desert comes alive with color.


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How was the chili?
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Posted: 11/30/10 06:09pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hey Steve, It does look like a great place to see and I hope it was all you'd hoped for. Looks like nice weather, great company (of course!) and an overall super trip for ya. In the one picture it looks like they need to raise the roof, not 10 kids, unless it's a dug-out. Did you canoe?? And what a planner you are, 4wheeling and a chili cook-out at the same time. Congrats on a safe and fun trip. See ya...

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