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Jan 18, 2020 - Michael Update

Just a quick note to say that Michael is off the walker and using his cane. He said he needs it most first thing in the morning and at the end of the day after he is tired. He is working, probably more than he should be, but getting away with it. He is continuing with the daily antibiotic injections.

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Jan 17, 2020 - Uh Oh, Here We Go Again

On our last day of work, we broke our truck again. Well, we didn’t, but it is down for the count anyway. As we were driving on Juniper Canyon Road, which if very rocky and rough, we began to notice a rattle. At first we thought it was a rock in the hubcap, then Don thought it might be a lug nut that had come loose. When neither of those proved to be the problem, he searched further and discovered there was a bolt missing in the brake caliper, causing it to rattle and drag when the brakes were applied. We had no choice but to abort the...

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Jan 16, 2020 - Lunch With the Family

In the middle of our 3 day shift we took a few hours off to cross the border with the RGV group (the best!) to have lunch in Boquillas. We were hoping for a pretty sunshiney day, like the last couple of days were. We had the sunshine, but it turned windy and cold as we were getting ready to go. Don and I started the day in uniform, and began a patrol of Route 12, ending on Boquillas Canyon Rd at 11, in time to meet the group. We quickly exchanged the uniform shirt for regular clothes and headed to the port of entry. As it happened, we were...

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Jan 13, 2020 - In Search of Stones

This is the second year that I have been trying to locate some very distinct sandstone concretions which are supposedly located somewhere in the desert south and west of Pena mountain. We have done several hikes in this area, and found some really interesting things and beautiful scenery, but no stones. Unfortunately, today was another one of those days. But I did find some dinosaur bones and get some really pretty pictures of the many colors in this part of the park.

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Jan 11, 2020 - Don's Birthday

We were back to work on Friday, then had to work on Saturday, Don’s birthday. He is 76 today! We drove Old Ore Road, his favorite back country road, and had an out of bounds camper already on the lookout (the phone center). Then we had another one just past the road to Ernst Tinaja. And the visitor at Candelilla, who we caught the day before happily parked off-road and seated in his lawn chair enjoying the scenery, explained that the signage was wrong. He thought that the sign should read no parking off road as well as no driving off road....

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Jan 9, 2020 - Geology Tour

Last year, in early December when the annual auction was held, one of the items was a day-long geology tour with the park geologist, Don Corrick. Since we knew this was going to be a popular item, we at RGV pooled our money and bid on the tour. And we got it!, Unfortunately, what with the government shutdown and all the juggling that had to be done when the park finally opened again, we were unable to collect our prize. Not daunted, we approached Don to see if he would schedule it this year, and he did. Sadly, Polly and Steve are not here...

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Jan 7, 2020 - The Hike

I had been talking with Terry about going with her on the Mariscal Canyon Rim Trail. I was hesitant because it was farther than I had been hiking and also because of the elevation. It started at 1800 feet and went to 3026 feet, with the majority of that distance gained in the last 1 mile. Anyway, after much discussion, I agreed to go with her and 2 others on this hike. And it was an amazing hike! The scenery along the trail, and of course on the top of the mountain looking down on the river was just fantastic. It was a rough hike for me...

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Jan 5, 2020 - Our Problem Site

We started early again today so we could begin our patrol of Glenn Springs Road from the south end, which of course means we have to take River Road to get there. Because Steve and Tina were going to drive Juniper Canyon, we assumed we would have a fairly easy day. So we took the time to hike out to the edge of the canyons to see if we could figure out a way to get down to the bottom. And I think we identified a couple of areas where it was feasible to do so. Then things went fine until we got to PC5, the site where we had called in the...

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Jan 4, 2020 - The Rush is Over

We started to work a little early today, so stopped to get some pictures of the fog laying low over RGV. It made for some neat pictures, but didn’t really last very long. The days have been starting out pretty cold, though, around 23-29 first thing in the morning. Fortunately we have been warming up to the high 60s and low 70s by the afternoon. We figured that things would have settled down now that everyone is back at work and school, but no, the idiots are still out there! Someone painted brown paint over the ‘no’ on the ‘no camping’...

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Jan 3, 2020 - Michael's Tale

Michael was supposed to drive to Florida to spend Christmas with his dad this year since he came to Big Bend last year. His plan was to leave on his birthday, December 21st. But on his birthday he woke up in severe pain and unable to move his right leg very well. So he had a friend drive him to Emergicare, where he was x-rayed and sent home with pain meds and a diagnosis of pulled muscle in his buttocks. Later that evening, after another doctor came on duty, he read the x-ray and called Mike to tell him he actually had a T-11,12 compression...

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Jan 1, 2020 - Happy New Year

Nothing fancy for us this new year’s eve. We were off for 3 days, so got in a bit of hiking, and just puttered around the house. One day was kind of cold, but the 2nd was nice so we went down river road, picked a canyon, and just started walking. Turned out pretty nice; we found some really nice petrified wood and some dinosaur bones. I found a really nice piece. Happy hour has been inside for the last few days; it has been just too cold and windy to sit outside so terry has been coming over to our place. Kenn and Linda were over one of the...

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Dec 30, 2019 - Almost the End of the Year

It felt like we are busier for New Year’s eve than we were for Christmas. All the back country sites were filled every single night, with others waiting in the wings for a spot. And of course there were those who didn’t wait, but just parked and camped wherever their little hearts desired. And then there were the others who felt the need to do donuts and try to run up the side of hills with their vehicles. We met many who said they came to the park specifically to drive Black Gap Road. (And so far no injuries and no one was stuck.) Most of...

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