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Old 12-28-2017, 01:34 PM   #1
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The family and I went to Big Bend the week before Christmas. Big Bend was great. We also stayed one day in Terlingua, which for me was overrated (teetotaler). I called the National Park Service last year and asked them to name the canyon after my wife Elena, and they said OK.
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Old 12-28-2017, 02:05 PM   #2
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Old 12-28-2017, 02:16 PM   #3
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Big Bend Chisos Mountains - something different

A different view of the Chisos Mountains, early February 2016.

Started the first day of our Campground Hosting. "Trial by fire" in a sense.

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Old 12-28-2017, 04:14 PM   #4
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Love Big Bend. "Magnificent Desolation". We plan to go back soon.
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It is so good to see the interest in Big Bend. I am a paleontologist, and some of my career involves finding and figuring out fossils from long dead animals in the region. I am in Big Bend a good bit, and would be happy to be a guide for pretty much anything from dinosaurs to just what is up with the spectacular geology of the area.

We discovered the centerpiece dinosaur in the Perot Museum in Dallas a few years back. This is a video that covers some of the fun. The beast is Alamosaurus sanjuanensis. http://www.utdallas.edu/~mont/airlift-short.mov

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Looking forward to it. Glad to see your photos. So nice that they named the canyon after your wife!
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what campground did you stay in?
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Old 12-28-2017, 06:57 PM   #8
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It is so good to see the interest in Big Bend. I am a paleontologist, and some of my career involves finding and figuring out fossils from long dead animals in the region. I am in Big Bend a good bit, and would be happy to be a guide for pretty much anything from dinosaurs to just what is up with the spectacular geology of the area.

We discovered the centerpiece dinosaur in the Perot Museum in Dallas a few years back. This is a video that covers some of the fun. The beast is Alamosaurus sanjuanensis. http://www.utdallas.edu/~mont/airlift-short.mov

We cannot wait to get back - next week.
Wow, I'm impressed Homer. Would love to get a tour of some of the things folks don't normally see at Big Bend.
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It is so good to see the interest in Big Bend. I am a paleontologist, and some of my career involves finding and figuring out fossils from long dead animals in the region. I am in Big Bend a good bit, and would be happy to be a guide for pretty much anything from dinosaurs to just what is up with the spectacular geology of the area.

We discovered the centerpiece dinosaur in the Perot Museum in Dallas a few years back. This is a video that covers some of the fun. The beast is Alamosaurus sanjuanensis. http://www.utdallas.edu/~mont/airlift-short.mov

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Nice meeting you all today. Great timing for us with this thread. May be contacting you for more info.
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Old 12-28-2017, 07:08 PM   #10
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what campground did you stay in?
I dont know who that question was for, but I'll give you my opinion. We love Chisos Basin. It's our favorite of the established campgrounds there. We aren't a fan of Cottonwood, but it is convenient for Santa Elena Canyon. The Rio Grande Village is concession operated and has some full hookup sites. Our only issue with Rio Grande Village is that it's a typical RV park and rather far away from the rest of Big Bend. Neither the Chisos Basin or Cottonwood campgrounds have hookups. Our favorite campsites other than Chisos Basin are the dispersed sites. The NPS calls them "primitive roadside campsites". Most are on relatively rough dirt roads however, so it's dicey if it's been raining. A 4WD would be needed to reach a few of these.
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