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Old 04-01-2015, 09:59 PM   #1
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Big Bend is green and blooming!

California may be dry, but Big Bend National Park in Texas is in rare form-- it is green with wildflowers blooming everywhere, due I was told to a wet winter and spring. A local botanist said there were plants blooming that he didn't know existed in the area, they were so well-hidden during dry spells.

I just finished up a week at Chisos Basin campground. Thanks to those who provided advice on camping there. The camp host found me a spot and I had no problems. Most of the campsites were taken by tents, but there were a couple of small motorhomes built on the Dodge / Mercedes chassis, and a couple of Casitas. A Class-C motorhome or two arrived as I was leaving. So it worked out fine.
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Old 04-01-2015, 10:19 PM   #2
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I just finished up a week at Chisos Basin campground. Thanks to those who provided advice on camping there. The camp host found me a spot and I had no problems. Most of the campsites were taken by tents, but there were a couple of small motorhomes built on the Dodge / Mercedes chassis, and a couple of Casitas. A Class-C motorhome or two arrived as I was leaving. So it worked out fine.
This Big Bend photo was taken about 2 weeks ago. Tuff Canyon. Its a rare thing to be in the right place at the right time to capture a flash flood.

Did you have anyone mention the 20' recommended maximum to you?

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Old 04-01-2015, 10:41 PM   #3
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No one commented about the length of my trailer. The camp host gave me a spot which was just a wide spot in the road, Site #20 I think. After I parked the trailer she said she knew I could do it, as the previous occupants had a 25-foot trailer there. I don't think I'd try one that long.

My neighbors in Site #19 were a Massachusetts couple and daughter traveling in a neat fold-out tent trailer. I got the feeling they didn't approve of me as a neighbor, but it could have been something I said. It usually is.
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Old 04-01-2015, 10:45 PM   #4
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Were you strummin' that song and they thought it was the original w/implications? FLA tags
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Old 04-01-2015, 10:55 PM   #5
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I'm pretty sure they reached stereotypical conclusions about me as I did about them, especially after overhearing them talk about Trader Joes, organic foods, etc.

They had a neat tent trailer though. They had been living in it since last July (!) and I think they were reps for the company. It got a lot of attention at the campground. I don't remember the brand, however.
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Aww, Dorothy Mantooth should straighten them out! We like Schmader's, & don't panic w/organic(can be overpriced)...however know it's not everyone's bag baby!!
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California may be dry, but Big Bend National Park in Texas is in rare form-- it is green with wildflowers blooming everywhere, due I was told to a wet winter and spring. A local botanist said there were plants blooming that he didn't know existed in the area, they were so well-hidden during dry spells.

I just finished up a week at Chisos Basin campground. Thanks to those who provided advice on camping there. The camp host found me a spot and I had no problems. Most of the campsites were taken by tents, but there were a couple of small motorhomes built on the Dodge / Mercedes chassis, and a couple of Casitas. A Class-C motorhome or two arrived as I was leaving. So it worked out fine.

Good news Mike. We'll be in Big Bend in about 9 days or so. Looking forward to it.
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Old 04-02-2015, 05:40 PM   #8
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Here are some more Big Bend photos:
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Old 04-02-2015, 10:18 PM   #9
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Beautiful Mike! Thanks so much for sharing the pics. I don't know when I'll see something similar, so I can enjoy this photos in the mean time.
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I think this is the park where they say the night sky with all of the stars is something you have to see. We saw a night sky like that once at Bryce Canyon. Loren
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