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Old 05-16-2009, 11:31 PM   #29
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Check out those tide tables, Rodney, but, just in case, install pontoons on the trailer.

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Old 05-17-2009, 05:24 PM   #30
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The area has been WAY dry and the beach is nowhere as solid as it was at christmas. I pulled out on the beach to camp and got flat-a** stuck. . I eventually got out with the assistance of a tow. I have moved up to the campground. Other than that, the people have been friendly, the weather is clearing up, and the margaritas are excellent . Life is good.
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Old 05-17-2009, 05:32 PM   #31
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Glad you got out as otherwise you may have left via the roof, either out a fan opening or using a can opener. Enjoy the beach, take photos, and stay on solid ground.

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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?
Reading all these cautions about the Texas/Mexico Border confirms Doug's belief that Mexico and the whole border area is no place to be---and he is not the cowardly type nor would he leave home without a Colt 45. As for RV's being less suspicious for drug carrying, we have recently had 2 very substantial drug busts on interstates 55 & 57---millions of dollars worth of cocaine. At least one of those was in a newer RV, very unusual---they brought the drug sniffing dogs out and that was the end of that.

Living in the north/south Interstate hub of Illinois, drug busts are not that unusual, cocaine much more so than marijuana, however. Wondered at the time if the US scrutiny toward what is going on down there is increasing traffic and volume in anticipation of some serious intervention. RV's may also be coming under more scrutiny.

Enjoying your posts and pics. Travel safe.
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Old 05-26-2009, 08:09 PM   #33
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The route

From Padre Island I cut across to Del Rio and then to the state park north of there. Next morning I hit Judge Roy Beans place before pushing on over to Big Bend National Park.

Big Bend was nice, I ended up doing a couple nights at Rio Grande Village. I had planned on boondocking on river road, however, after talking to three different visitor center staff folks and getting three different answers about road conditions, I decided to pass. I have to say the disparity in knowledge about the park on the part of people whose job it is to share that knowledge was disapointing. It was pretty hot there, maybe lower 90s, but not to bad given the time of year I guess. The drive north out of Big Bend was gorgous. Overnighted at Davis Mountains St Park and then pushed on to Guadalupe National Park.

Guadalupe is nice, but was also a tad warmer than I am looking for so one night there was plenty. I did run into a pair of forum members there in the "campground" - HI Denis . The campground rivals the one at Fishing Bridge in Yellowstone. It is a parking lot, litterally.

Moving on I reached Cloudcroft late this afternoon. Water is a BIG problem here- if you are headed this way fill up before you get here. Tomorrow I think I will look for a boondocking spot over by the observatories. More pics to come as I sort through what I have taken.
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Good black and white photos. I like the way you are using it to create dramatic effect.

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Good black and white photos. I like the way you are using it to create dramatic effect.

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Thanks Gene, I have always been a black and white guy, its kind of tricky to work with in photoshop and my laptop isnt the best for editing. Hopefully, I will be able to clean these up at a later date.

Glad to see you had a good trip into the north lands and have returned home safely.
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Cloudcroft area things to do?

I'm planing on spending about a week and a half in the south east corner of New Mexico. Other than white sands, what are the things not to be missed in the area?
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The Yellow Rose of Texas

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A peculiar sort of justice..

Gentlemen, I find the law very explicit on murdering your fellow man, but there's nothing here about killing a Chinaman. Case dismissed.
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