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May 2, 2019 - BBNP River, Desert & Mountains

Last year Haulin' HitchHiker friends Mike & Carol Phillips & I planned a sight-seeing trip, no hiking, to Big Bend NP. They had never been to the Bend, but I had on four other occasions. Our two day adventures first day started with the Rio Grande Village in the southeastern area & finished in the central located Chisos Basin Mountain Range. The next and final day we traveled the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive to Santa Elena Canyon of the Rio Grande, the Castolon Historic Distric & one of my favorite, Mule Ears Peak. A tour guide, I'm not, but...

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Apr 22, 2019 - Delays All Around

Our repair guy showed up at 9 this morning to begin the process of figuring out our slide problem. Turns out that it is the motor that is bad. Unfortunately it took forever to locate the motor because everything was riveted into place. Lucky us-he said this was the first time he had seen it done this way. So although we made progress, we are still living with half a house and no definite end in sight. He is trying to find a way to release the slide so we at least have some living space while the replacement motor is ordered. After he left,...

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Apr 21, 2019 - Back in Pagosa

One would think, with so little to do to get packed up and ready to go, that we would have an early start. After breakfast, in the casino because we cannot get o the kitchen in the trailer, we finished the hooking up process. I came outside just in time to hear Don practicing his X-rated language, so asked what the problem was now. It seems that 2 pins were missing from the back of our hitch. NOT GOOD!! He found one and got it replaced, but couldn’t fint the other one. We went back to the filling station but there wasn’t one. He looked in...

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Apr 20, 2019 - Inevitably on a Holiday

The day started well, with a pretty early start and a goal of reaching Albuquerque to spend a bit of time with Don’s brother. Our plan was to spend the night at the Black Mesa casino, a place we had stayed before. Hardly anyone there, we had our pick of spots. And all went well until the big slide would not go out. Don checked out everything, but finally got an error message indicating the there was a short in the motor or the wiring. Of course it is a Saturday, and a holiday weekend at that, so here we sit with just the bedroom slide out...

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Apr 19, 2019 - On Our Way to Pagosa

Before I get started on today, let me just say that yesterday was a really busy, hard, strange day. The campground was crazy with everyone doing their musical campsite routine. When we finally thought we were done, Don mentioned that there were some folks in the handicapped site. So we went to get them registered, and they were a small group of motorcycle riders, with a bona fide handicapped sticker on their trailer. Then, as we were getting them signed in, one of the group rode his bike across the camp sites across the road to us. I just...

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Apr 18, 2019 - Our last Day

Our last few days have proved to be extremely busy. Not only were we working, but I had a long list of things to do before we leave. As luck would have it our appreciation dinner, a cookout, was postponed due to high winds. It was rescheduled for Friday, the day we are leaving. The day went pretty well. We did our regular campground duties, and returned uniforms, keys, etc when we took the work truck up for gas. As usual, it was hard to say goodbye.

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Apr 14, 2019 - One Last Hike

We were able to get in one last hike this week. Don wanted to go into the desert to look for more dinosaur bones. What we found were some awesome rocks and some more pretty flowers. Found a strawberry pitaya in the desert; I thought they should be blooming but we had not seen one until today. Unfortunately for Don, we did not find any dinosaur bones.

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Apr 9, 2019 - Like a Kid in a Candy Store

I have mentioned several times how good the park is to their volunteers, and this 3 months was no exception. I got a call from Taylor, the volunteer coordinator, that we should go to the book store to choose our parting gift for this season. I am not sure why, as this as never happened before, but think it may have to do with the fact that this is our 2nd 3-month in a row. Anyway, that sounds good. We chose a great book on agave and yuccas. I can’t wait to hold it in my hands as I have many questions! We also started the process of cleaning...

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Apr 8, 2019 - Cattail Falls

This is another of the hikes I had been wanting to do again. The last time we were here was our first season in the park, 5 years ago. At that time we were having camera issues and I inadvertently erased all my pics of the tiny Stream Orchids that are found here. So my goal was to get more pictures. Since our last visit, and due to the fragile nature of the flowers, the park has installed a gate to deter the average hiker from going here. As volunteers, we have a key to the gate, so were able to cut off the additional 2.6 miles of the...

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Apr 1, 2019 - A Crazy April Fool's Day

This started out to be a scary day with a strange but good ending. Last week I happened to feel a lump, very small, but could not feel it when I was lying down. Two days later I felt it again, so asked Don if he felt this was something I should be worried about. Of course he said ‘yes!’ And of course it was a Friday. Since the only physician I knew of in the area was the one who did my gall bladder surgery, I called her to see who she might recommend. She said she would see me on Monday, and also set up an appointment for a mammogram....

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Mar 29, 2019 - Dagger Flats

Partly cloudy today but still quite warm and windy. A perfect day for a driving trip to Dagger Flats. I first saw these yuccas when we came to visit about 6 years ago. The flowers were somewhat past their prime, but still impressive. Since we have been coming here to volunteer, it has been my hope to see these majestic flowering yuccas in full bloom again. Alas, that was not to be until this year. It is a fluke that we are here during the spring season, and a further bit of luck that it was a wet fall. The result is a phenomenal flowering...

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Mar 28, 2019 - Ward Spring

We had discussed doing this hike with Polly and Steve, but decided to delay it since they had already done it. We chose today since it wasn’t QUITE as hot as our last hike. AND we got a somewhat earlier start. This turned out to be an interesting hike with several subtle changes in terrain, from desert to just under the Chisos. We went as far as the spring, then turned around to head back. Along the way we got some good flower pics. The prickly pears and some of the other cactus are starting to bloom. The bluebonnets are starting to fade,...

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