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Old 04-23-2009, 11:28 AM   #15
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New Mexico and Colorado snow pack report?

Can anyone give me a general feel for the snow pack from the winter? I remember last years was massive and it created issues for me all summer.
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Old 04-23-2009, 11:45 AM   #16
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Rodney, the snowpack totals are published in Colorado dailies. Go to the Denver Post website and do a search for it.

There still looks to be plenty of snow up in the mountains and the rivers have begun serious runoff. We had plenty of snow and some rain in the past month after several months of hardly anything.

Hope we can cross paths this season somewhere. We are still thinking of going to that rally in northern California in August, but have to get this coming trip under our belts.

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Old 04-23-2009, 08:59 PM   #17
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Big Bend: River road camping

Does anyone have experience with the primitive campsites at Big Bend along the river road? I was looking at them today and was thinking that they might be good camping. Has anyone dragged their AS down the "high clearance" roads?

Also, does anyone have local knowledge (ie not unfounded fears) about safety issues related to camping along the border within the park?
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Old 04-24-2009, 11:23 AM   #18
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Rodney,

We stayed at the Cottonwood campground in early Oct 2007 (which is in the park, no gens allowed in this cg) and thoroughly enjoyed it. We were especially enthralled by the dark night skies. There is potable water in the cg, not at the sites.

I think that would be a great place to base out of...there are outfitters in Terlingua that would help you with your float. We had no concerns for our safety; when walking the trail you have a chance to buy contraband in the form of walking sticks and copper wire hadicrafts. You just read the little sign, drop your money in the jar and call out "gracias amigo" or just wave if you see them down by the river.

Cottonwood had resident road runners, a turkey who was very friendly, and the ever-present javelinas.

We left Cottonwood early because the temps just got to be too high for comfort - in October, yet!

We'd like to go back but it's a good piece off the beaten track.

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Rodney:

Snowpack is less then it was last year but still slightly above average. We've been in a pattern of 60 degree temps for 3 days followed by snow for the next 3 for a few weeks now. It was in the high 60's today and it's supposed to snow Sat. I think camping at higher altitudes may come a little earlier this year but it depends on when the snow finally gives up.
Have a great time on your trip.

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Old 04-27-2009, 09:17 PM   #21
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Padre Beach Bash Kick off!

As of now, I am leaning toward starting the summer 09 tour on the beach at Padre Island NSS. I have been there twice in the winter, but never this time of year. Averages for mid May seem to be in the mid to high 80s which shouldn't be to bad with a breeze coming in.

Anyone in the Corpus Christi area know enough about the tides to tell me how the tides will be the week starting May 10? Both times I have been camping on the sand the tides eventually have run me off to Bird Island, so I have learned to keep an eye on things......
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Old 04-28-2009, 12:47 PM   #22
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Had the tide come in on me in Corpus when I was driving a 34ft MH along the beach. It was foggy at the time and I am a pure dry land Okie, so what did I know. Got off just before becoming a 34ft watercraft. Have a great trip whatever you decide. Think your idea of Padre is the better choice. Had a friend who builds electric sub-stations just barely get away from robbers in Southwest Texas a couple of months ago. They got everything but his shorts at gun point. Took his new F-350, wallet, luggage, clothes and shoes before knocking him and the guys with him to the ground. They felt lucky to have their lives. Please be careful, we enjoy your photos so much we wouldn't want to lose you.
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Bump on the tide info

Anyone got a link for tide information on padre at CC? The General doesn't want to be an Admiral. Keenly aware of the land in land yacht. I know there is an internet source since the other airstreamers I camp with at Christmas have had them....

Now that I think about it, the REAL piece of information I need is how high does the tide have to get to run you off the beach. Is it 1 1/2 + or what?
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Old 05-03-2009, 11:57 AM   #24
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five and a half days to go....

with tons to get done before I pull out. So here I sit in front of the computer instead of doing them . Anyone going to be in the Padre Island area the next few weeks? I would love to meet more of you and even camp on the sand too.
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Old 05-15-2009, 08:23 PM   #25
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A week late, but on the road.

I FINALLY got on the road today almost a full week later than intended, but these things happen. I was about to pull out of town when I decided I didn't like the look of the rear tires on my mule, so I ran over to Goodyear and had them changed out. Three hours later, and three hundred dollars poorer, I headed south. The head winds were fierce the whole way today. I ended up at Fort Richardson in Jacksboro, TX. I meet a couple from the forums, I think Neil Benton is the correct SN, not sure though. They have a sweet safari and a big ole German Shepard.

Tomorrow, I am pointing the rig south. If I dont get distracted along the way, I will be hitting the beach at Padre tomorrow, if I do, I wont .
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Anyone have the Gila dialed in? Looking at the map, the Cliff Dwellings and hot springs look good, as does the area up by Reserve and Luna.... and maybe into eastern Arizona.

We stayed at Silver City RV Park last year. Silver City RV Park, Silver City, NM It was shaded with trees everywhere and was only a couple of blocks from SC's historic main street and so was an easy walk. Cliff dwellings made for a nice day trip.
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The itinerary is completely in the air other than I have to be in Indianapolis at the end of July. I am half way tempted to start out by cutting south and camping on the beach at padre island for a few days. Margaritas, sand between my toes, all that. Then maybe cut over to Big Bend NP and work north. Have any of you ever canoed the canyons at Big Bend NP? I have always wanted to, but I wonder if the water would be high enough and if border issues wouldn't be to much.

Rodney - I couldn't agree with you more re letting criminals ruin your holiday. But the sad truth is that the Texas / Mexico border area is just not a good place to be, especially if your idea of "boondocking" is defined as being a good ways away from other folks. The drug people are getting worse by the day, they simply DO NOT CARE if you live or die, if they need or want anything you have. Including your rig, which might not get as much attention along the border as other means of moving their drugs. I was in the Big Bend area a few years ago, stopped at the inspection areas and was waved on by. May I suggest that if you want some fun places to canoe, consider the Guadelupe (pardon a Texan that can't spell!) River?
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Day Three Fort Richardson to Padre Island NSS

What a long day of driving. Rain last night and most of the way down today. The brutal headwinds gave way to brutal side winds so that was a change..... Forecast looks like scattered Tstorms tomorrow then clearer skies and 80s for the next week or so.

I pulled in about an hour ahead of sunset so I opted to hit the ever faithful Bird Island campground. Tomorrow I will check out the tide forecast and probably head out on the sand at south beach (although I have never been on north beach and I am tempted) after topping off the fresh water tanks. Other than that, I have no clear plan.
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