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Old 01-03-2014, 03:01 PM   #1
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The allure of West Texas (a ride to Seminole Canyon, Big Bend, and Monahan)

I think I imprinted on West Texas at a very young age. As a kid, every hunting season my dad would drag my brother and I all over the Edwards Plateau and into the Trans Pecos. We loved it. Something about the wide open spaces made a lasting impression. A stint at Kelly Air Force Base, and college in the Hill Country cinched a deep connection. These days, I find myself with the need to leave the city behind to confirm that those wide open spaces still exist. Nothing, for me, is a better restorative than a trip to a place that never seems to change. I know some of you agree that West Texas is a special place.

So, without further ado, and very little narrative and interruptions from me, I hope you enjoy a few pictures from a 6-day trip I made shortly before Christmas.

Day 1 started with a cold wet ride from Houston through San Antonio, but by the time I arrived at Seminole Canyon State Historical Park, I was greeted by (and treated to for the next five days) a cloudless azure sky. At $8 a night the primitive camping area was an ideal winter site. As a bonus, I had the entire area to myself. Hot showers and water was just a short walk away.









On day 2, Oli-San was able to join me, arriving at Seminole Canyon after noon. Led by a local interpretive guide we learned a great deal about how, over three thousand years ago, a small band of people managed to survive making use of a large natural formation, the “Fate Bell Shelter”.









They left evidence of their lives in debris on the shelter floor, mortars etched in stone over centuries, and art that adorns and persists on the shelter walls to this day.















There were other occupants here as well, millions of years before. They can also be found entombed in the rocks of the canyon floor, shelter walls, and even the shelter ceiling!











More to come!
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Old 01-03-2014, 03:11 PM   #2
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Nice! Looking forward to this one. FYI, a friend of mine in a position to know has told me that Seminole Canyon is the least visited state park in the Texas system.

Fun coincidence: Here's a picture of my visit there from November 2010 - I believe we have the same tent...

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Old 01-03-2014, 03:24 PM   #3
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Look forward to more of your trip. Camping with showers for $8 a night is wonderful.
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Old 01-03-2014, 05:44 PM   #4
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Very interesting. Looks like a lovely quiet place with an attractive price. One day I would love to make it to that area and go on tour, preferbly during the winter.
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Old 01-03-2014, 05:50 PM   #5
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Nice report.. keep it up. I need to head south more often and I am taking notes.


Did you encounter very much oilfield truck traffic on your ride?
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Old 01-03-2014, 06:05 PM   #6
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One day I would love to make it to that area and go on tour, preferbly during the winter.
You've got the right idea about when to come!

Fuckin hot in summer. They'll tell you it's a dry heat.

So is an oven.
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Old 01-03-2014, 06:40 PM   #7
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Awesome pics! Gonna have to motor out that way one of these days.
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Old 01-03-2014, 08:47 PM   #8
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Yep, selkins, the park was all but empty, but one of the nicest Texas State parks I've visited. Hey, I recognize that Nemo Losi! I love mine!

Thanks Rutabaga & Pickup man. A bargain at $8/night, and indeed a destination for the cooler months!

Working up the next installment Ross; the traffic ls light to non-existent.

Gear up Load and let’s head down for spring break! Boyz-2-men 4-ever!

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Old 01-03-2014, 08:58 PM   #9
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Day 3

Day 3, a Sunday, breaks cold and crisp, darn near perfect really.





I assign myself camp cook and work up some breakfast and coffee. I have no plan really. I know I want to head to Big Bend for a few days, Oli-San has to return home. As we exit the park, I turn west on Hwy. 90, Oli-San turns east and puts his Super-10 in motion back to Houston.

Oli-San (has to work tomorrow)…



Me (off for another three weeks!)…



I’ve said it before, Hwy. 90 between Comstock and Marathon is like riding through a painting and we (my roadster and I) savor every mile.







Before I know it I’m in Marathon! I enjoy another cup of coffee (or two), BLT, and free wi-fi at Marathon Coffee. The folks here are very friendly!





I jump on 385 and make the joyful run to this familiar photo stop! It never gets old.


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Old 01-04-2014, 09:54 AM   #10
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Big Bend aficionados will recognize this pull-off that brings the Basin Campground and the Window beyond in to view. The campground is all but empty.



I settle on site 43, my home for the next few days.



Million dollar view for just $14/night.



A curious neighbor.



Spent most of the remaining daylight setting up camp and birding. Got awfully cold after sunset which drove me to my tent for some light reading (Schrodinger’s “What is Life?”). My plans for the morrow include some riding in the park, and a hike through the desert to The Chimneys to photograph petroglyphs and desert vegetation. More later! Thanks for looking!
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Old 01-05-2014, 08:28 AM   #11
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Lovin' it! Beautiful images. I've never been to Seminole-now I have a new destination.
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Old 01-05-2014, 09:03 AM   #12
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I need to get down there.......in the winter. Thanks for posting the pics.
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Old 01-05-2014, 09:16 AM   #13
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Txplants

I'm with you all the way on this adventure.

All good info which will help me on my spring ride down there. I was raised in Pecos, now living in Okla. with an itch to ride back home. I'd like to take a slow ride this time. I have a habit of going too fast. And at 73 it's about time to slow down.

What do you think about April as far as temperature.

Wonderful photo's. You're a talented fellow!

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Old 01-05-2014, 11:05 AM   #14
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Thanks, Mudclod! You'll love it! I know I plan to return this spring.

Howdy Bug Dr., good to hear from you again! Stark contrast from your neck of the woods; but beautiful in its own way.

April should be splendid, HoJoOkie. I passed through Pecos on this trip, en route to Monahans. I'm with you... slow down and enjoy.
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Old 01-05-2014, 11:32 AM   #15
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Day 4

Ride & hike today! Let the campground host know where I’d be since I’m alone. Motored from the Basin Campground to the Chimneys trail-head along Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive. At park speed limits about an hour. Fantastic!





Hiked through to desert to the Chimneys.





The southern-most bears petroglyphs, pictographs, and other evidence that is was a popular site eons ago.





After scrambling over the terrain for a bit, I sat in the shadow of one of these towering pinnacles and with petroglyps just a few feet away and Santa Elana Canyon in clear view, had a Clif Bar and some peanut butter. I remember thinking, how cool is this!

On the hike out, I kept looking for the quintessential shot of Chihuahuan Desert vegetation.



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