4 comments on “Glenn Springs, Big Bend National Park

  1. Hi “TFD”

    Very nice presentation. Thanks for sending it and posting. Our paths almost crossed in Big Bend this time. I was there for the second week of October. It was most beautiful. I spent most my time in the same area as you: Chilicotol and Pine Canyon. Took a nice drive on the River Road all the way to Sierra Catalon. Fun drive. I allowed all day for it and took many photos. I hope to post them soon on my Flickr site. https://www.flickr.com/photos/33793431@N02/ My most recent posts of BB photos are from April 2016.

    Your Butterfly shots are great! I found that the butterflies congregate at the top of the hills. I climbed three nameless hills (mountains) one next to the Chilicotol campsite, one due north of the pine canyon #4 campsite and then one to the east of it, about a mile or two. As I arrived at the top of each, scores of butterflies filled the air. They must hitch a ride up on the thermals.

    Take care and thanks again. Hope to meet you some day.

    P. Y.

    Richmond TX

    • Thanks for reading, and for the post. We live in Marathon, TX, only 40 miles north of the park. We love the Chilicotal site, but it was already taken, so we opted for PC1. If you have a pretty capable 4WD rig, you should drive the Black Gap Road sometime. The butterflies will congregate around water, and the area around the spring was like walking through a butterfly aviary. Next time you’re headed this way, drop me a note and we can meet. We’re just off Hwy 90 in Marathon, right on your way. Meanwhile, I’ll check out your flickr blog.

  2. What a great post. I was interested in the history of the town, and of course impressed by the beauty of the surrounding country. I smiled (and laughed a time or two) at comments that might have passed me by in the past. When you mentioned that road-that-wasn’t-quite-a -road, it reminded me of my trip up to Teter Rock in Kansas last month. When I finally made the top of the fairly substantial hill, a couple sitting in a pickup at the top said they’d been making bets on whether my Corolla would make it.

    Out on the Tallgrass prairie, I got to see the Milky Way for the first time in years, too. I don’t have the skill or equipment to photograph it as you did, but post-cataract surgery I have the eyes to see it, and for that I’m more than grateful.

    I stopped at one historic site in Kansas that was most interesting. The last armed encounter between US forces and Native Americans took place there, and the women and children dug rifle pits into the hills. A sign said some of them still are visible, but I didn’t have time to make the hike across the canyon. I’m hoping to find some photos of the pits online, to go with other photos I took.

    • Thanks, Linda. I enjoyed your last post, which included bits from your Kansas trip. I’ve always avoided Kansas (for some unknown reason), and also Nebraska, which are both chock full of history, such as the conflict you describe. Your comment about post-cataract surgery hits home: I backpack each year with a good friend, who has incredible vision, and we lay out at night in camp looking for satellites and meteors. He’ll say, “…there goes a satellite, heading north.” I lay there and respond “yep” with no idea where he’s seeing it, because I am a candidate for the same surgery, but I won’t admit it.
      Finally, it’s pretty amazing where you can take a vehicle when you know how to drive it. Once, my wife and I were on the White Rim Road, a 4WD road in Canyonlands NP, way off the beaten path, and was approached at 1 a.m. by a couple from Germany who had gotten their rental car stuck on high-center out on this road, hopelessly lost but still driving rather than turn around. Also, I’ve always marveled at people who get their “maxed-out” 4WD vehicles hopelessly stuck because they don’t know how to drive them.
      Thanks for checking in.

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