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Jan 30, 2020 - Chipping Away at it

We woke up this morning to overcast skies and a cold wind. Glad we are not pulling out today! Robert and Glenda pulled out this morning, and Vickie and LeRoy pulled into their spot a couple hours later. Changing of the guard! I intended to get the back end all ready to load, but Trixie looked so comfortable on her window seat that I couldn't to move her. So I have done as much as I can do, putting away little nick knacks, dusting, etc. Should be fairly easy to get it ready to load tomorrow. Terry is coming over for dinner tonight; It felt...

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Jan 29, 2020 - Thinking of Moving

Kenn and Linda left on Monday. Terry hooked up her camper yesterday. Glenda and Robert are leaving tomorrow. And I have started doing little things to get ready for the big packing. It is amazing how settled in we get just after a few months. I will start to get really serious about it tomorrow, cleaning and stashing things in the back end. Also tearing down the office and getting the back end ready to be loaded up on Friday.

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Jan 27, 2020 - Eureka!

This was supposed to be our 1st day back to work, but, since we still do not have a working truck, we went for a hike. Terry went with us. Don’s knee was a lot better and I convinced him to wear a knee brace for some support, so we were all set. Today’s plan was to look once again for the large sandstone concretions that were pictured in the NSGS booklet. I had written to the west district back country volunteers, who have been volunteering in the park for just forever, and they assured me that they had seen them and gave me some...

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Jan 26, 2020 - Farewell Dinner

We threw a potluck today. It started out rather small, just our immediate group, but somehow grew into 17 people. In years past, the park has always thrown a farewell dinner for us, where all the supervisors are present and gifts are presented. (We are always anxious to see what color our Big Bend shirt will be!) Unfortunately, this did not happen this year, as they are still in the midst of figuring out how to handle the politics that are preventing a lot of the usual things from happening. Worse, we were not even notified that there would...

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Jan 25, 2020 - Lunch in Terlingua

Robert came by last evening to see if we might want to go to Terlingua to try out a relatively new (at least to us) barbecue place for lunch. And of course we did. It was called the Rustic Iron Barbecue, and was very good. A little pricey, but then everything around here is. After a short drive into old Terlingua to check out a local chili cookoff, we stopped by the Cottonwood Store for a bit of shopping, then home. We are all feeling a bit nostalgic already, knowing that we will be going our separate ways very soon.

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Jan 22, 2020 - Learning

Terry worked with me today to help me learn how to convert other’s waypoints to something I could use in my GPS app on my phone. We initially started this a while back, then got busy. But with no work truck yet we were both available to work on this. She had three different conversion tables, and I finally found one that would work for me. So I used it to find a couple of waypoints she had for me. Then we tried them out to locate some little treasures she had left for me in the desert behind our housing area. Not perfect, but I did locate 2...

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Jan 19, 2020 - Muskhog Spring

We finally got to go on the hike that had been on my ‘to do’ list since last year, Musk Hog spring. We went with Terry (our tour guide) and Robert and Glenda. Don drove us out to Old Ore Road to the trail head. We walked down the wash paved with large areas of bedrock and gravel. The rocks were pretty and smooth with many areas of steps down to the next level. I use the term ‘steps’ lightly, as it did require quite a bit of rock scrambling to negotiate some of these areas. Don took a fall going down one of these areas, and appeared to be...

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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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