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Old 05-27-2018, 01:02 PM   #1
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Much needed vaca

I've been working 2 jobs since christmas, about 60 hours a week, and since march 2nd just about all of my off time has been spent working on the bus. I've gotten a ton done in quick amount of time, but I am tired....

I have vacation from June 1st to the 10th from both jobs, and I was originally planning the buses first road trip. I've decided it's not the best idea with where I'm at in the build, and I didn't want to drive around a metal box without AC in the desert, so I figured I'd stay home and just work on the bus.

Now I'm thinking I need a break, so I'm probably going to be heading down to Big Bend National Park this weekend on the 1st and try and grab a campground. Not taking the bus though. I went back in August on an impromptu trip because I had 3 days off, my first ever visit, but 48 hours in the park just wasn't enough and I've been dying to go back.

It's going to be hot, because it sucks in Texas right now, but once I'm sitting up on top of a mountain with nobody around except nature it will be so worth it!
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I have had a long love affair with Big Bend and the surrounding areas. The only clearer sky is about 1500 miles out into the Pacific Ocean. Amazing place that is full of surprises.


Have you ever checked out an area most folks have never heard of called "El Solitario"? Really bizarre and wonderful geology. It is an 11 mile wide crater from a bazillion year old super volcano that left the equivalent of a gigantic stone maze. Truly remarkable, but it has to be taken seriously. Some folks go in and never come out. It is that easy to get lost and its' a long, long way from nowhere.



Sounds perfect doesn't it.


BTW...it is visible from space. You can see it on Google Earth. In Big Bend Ranch State Park slightly north & west of Big Bend National Park.


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I have had a long love affair with Big Bend and the surrounding areas. The only clearer sky is about 1500 miles out into the Pacific Ocean. Amazing place that is full of surprises.


Have you ever checked out an area most folks have never heard of called "El Solitario"? Really bizarre and wonderful geology. It is an 11 mile wide crater from a bazillion year old super volcano that left the equivalent of a gigantic stone maze. Truly remarkable, but it has to be taken seriously. Some folks go in and never come out. It is that easy to get lost and its' a long, long way from nowhere.



Sounds perfect doesn't it.


BTW...it is visible from space. You can see it on Google Earth. In Big Bend Ranch State Park slightly north & west of Big Bend National Park.


ENJOY!
YESSS!!!! I have seen pictures of it before. It is something that is definitely on my list to see!!! I honestly had forgotten about it

I'm also looking into getting a fairly cheap celestial telescope to bring with me since the skies are so amazing out there. Haven't used a telescope since I was a child
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Have fun! (he said with a tone of jealousy in his voice).



I have been shopping unimproved land out that way. Just an acre or two I can park a Shorty on and watch meteor showers in silence.
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Oh I will! Ended up buying a Celestron powerseeker 114EQ telescope to mess around with, with a phone mount to get pictures if i want.

Last time I went in August i barely got to enjoy the night sky due to some killer tooth pain that popped up just before the trip. Wouldn't you know it, woke up at 3am yesterday from a dang tooth killing me. Just got back from the dentist, got that sucker pulled. Nice unexpected expense...about the same price as my telescope as well..but that arrives in the mail today and I don't really want to return it...hopefully my last couple nights delivering pizzas before I go are decent tip nights to help recoup some.
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Have to admit I prefer early Spring & Fall out there as the skies seem even clearer, but I'll take that area anytime.


Sorry 'bout that dentist thing and I can relate. I just made a few of my dentist's Mercedes payments last week myself.
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I'd prefer those times too. It was great in August when I went. But I'll take a vacation whenever I can get it

Telescope showed up today! Bought it, an attachment to snap pictures with phone, and a small book about things to see in the sky. 3 items each shipped seperately, and wouldn't you know it it was the book that the package got damaged and item was undeliverable. Book won't be here in time for trip, but that's fine. Gonna mess around with the telescope later tonight
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Mouth is still a bit sore, so i stayed home today and I will be leaving in the morning tomorrow. Try and make it before they close down so I can pay for the campground.

Tango - I'm going to be spending most of my time in BBNP, but I would like to make a trip out to view el solitario on one of the days. Where would you recommend I go to get a good aerial view of the formation, I'd love to get a few pictures of my own. Is there even anywhere close enough where I can get high enough to get a good view?
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Made it to the park in one peice! I even scored the same camp site that I had back in august, which I like because it's kinda tucked away and private

Pretty sure there's a couple young adults about to get kicked out. Park ranger was searching their campsite and their bags.

It feels so goooood to be back! I picked up a few beers at the basin store and now it's time to relax
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Kick back and enjoy. Doubt there is anything high enough to get a look-see since that sucker is 11 miles across...maybe a drone???


Have fun!


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