Great trip report --- Katrina <k.d.martin@xxxxxxx> wrote: > D & K's Trip Report - Big Bend - Dec.26-Dec.30 > > Tuesday December 26, (Amistad - > http://www.nps.gov/amis/) > Dan & I rolled out of Houston at 11AM. Took I-10 to > 90. It was a little cool but not too cold all the > way to Amistad. > We arrived at the Amistad Park office at 4:59PM. The > office locked the doors after we went inside. The > office lady told us > where to go so we could camp that night. Dan & I > left to go to the campsite called Governers Landing. > There's no electricity at > any of the campsites and first-come, first-serve. > There were only 3 of the campsites taken(15 sites > total). > We figured out were Homer would be the happiest (a > level spot). Great we found a spot! The sun setting > on the lake was really > pretty. Dan set up the propane grill and cooked up > some spagetti with italian sausage. Good now it's > time for dinner! We ate > dinner. Smoked, got the bed ready in the bus, and > watched a few National Geographic pod casts. I fed > Thor, then he laid in his > bed for a little while, until critters were trying > to eat the rest of his dog food! Dan got out of the > bus and looked around to see > what was there, he saw nothing. We let Thor get into > the bus and we got into bed. Then we heard something > trying to get the > trash can. I said,"OOOh lookey there Dan we have > racoons in our campsite!" They got into the trash > and ate all the leftovers. > There was lots of them too, like about 15 in a pack. > Dan got out of the bus to scare them off and put the > lid back on the trash > can. He's my hero he got rid of the coons. Good > night. > > > Wednesday Dec.27, (Terlingua Ranch - > http://www.terlinguaranch.com/gallery.html) > Got up about 7:30AM and got ready to go to > Terlingua. The day was beautiful and ready for us to > venture out into the great > deserts of Texas. Dan got Homer out on the road with > no problems at all. Taped up our doors and were > ready to go! We had > some cinnamon rolls for breakfast so we were really > hungry around lunch time. We got to Alpine at noon > and stopped by a > McDonalds for lunch. After that we waited on the > longest train ever to go by so we could cross the > road, but no problems we > just munched on our Mc Donalds cheeseburgers & > fries. There's just mountains everywhere all around > us,surrounding us, > made me feel kinda small. So we went down the road > to Terlingua Ranch, first 13 miles it's a paved > road, last 3 miles it's a dirt > road. Got to Terlingua Ranch at 2PM. The office was > open and ready for business. I made reservations. > The campsite had > electric & water, only $17.00 a night. Dan & I set > up camp. So,what we were gonna eat for dinner??? > Well, we can just walk > over to the Bad Rabbit Cafe', it's only across a > little bridge and eat dinner. Open 7-11AM & 5-9PM. > "Thursday is Karaoke > Night", that's what the cook/waiter said. It was a > very warm place, it was getting a little cold. I had > 3 beef tacos, Dan had > chicken fried steak, the food was good. We went back > to the campsite and turned on the Mac and watched a > DVD, Nacho > Libre, it was goofy, but funny. Good night! > > > Thursday Dec 28 (Terlingua Ghost Town/Study Butte- > http://gallery.hoyhoy.org/20040904_terlingua?page=1) > Dan & I got up around 7:30AM. We were hungry so we > decided to eat at the Bad Rabbit Cafe' for > breakfast. Dan then said,"We > should go to Presidio today,we'll go down Hwy 118 to > Hwy 170." I agreed. I went into the office and asked > where to get gas, > she said Study Butte, it is the second store you > see, they call it the Study Butte Mall. So we leave > Terlingua Ranch and head > towards Study Butte. All of a sudden Homer doesn't > want to go up a huge mountain, 15MPH...Then we went > down that > mountain about 65MPH. That was a rush. Finally we > made it to Study Butte Mall to get some gas and ice. > Well, it was not a > mall at all. It was a grocery store & gas station. > But it was the only gas station around Terlingua & > Study Butte. Homer then > headed down Hwy 118 to Hwy 170. The road was really > twisty, they went around the mountains, up and down > and around. The > river was pretty, it runs right along the Mexico > border. (Duncan you really missed out on the best > road to ride the motorcycle.) > Homer made it up every mountain, going about 30MPH > on some of them. Passed Terlingua Ghost Town and > went about > halfway to Presidio, then decided to go back to > Terlingua Ranch. It was about 2PM. So we just pulled > right over and had lunch > on the side of the road. It was the best picnic spot > in the world. Gosh I just can't tell you how breath > taking the mountains > were. As we drove back to the Ranch Dan kept on > saying,"I hope there's going to be a good storm, I > would like to see one here > in the Big Bend, we've been here 3 yrs. in a row and > never seen any rain." Lots of clouds were appearing > from everywhere. > Some mountain peaks were covered with clouds, I > could hardly see them at all. Got back to the > campground and cooked > some dinner. Had some eggs & buffet potatoes.Yummm. > After washing a few dishes Dan & I got into the bus > turned on the > heating blanket and watched a scray movie > called,"Chaos". (Horrible scary movie-don't ever > watch it) Watched some Podcasts > then went to bed. Good Night? > > > Friday Dec 29 (Terlingua Ranch-all day & all night) > Woke up around 8:30AM. Decided to sleep some more > since it was pouring down rain. Everything outside > looked wet & cold. I > told Dan I could just sleep all day. Eventually we > got up and ate cereal. Then decided to get back into > the bus, it was cold and > still raining a little. About 3PM Dan started making > dinner. He made a steak on the Karbachi and heated > up some buffet > potatoes on the propane stove. Not much happened, > just ate and went for a short walk. Good night! > > > Saturday Dec. 30 (Driving back home all the way down > HWY 90 to Hwy I-10) > Got up at 7AM. It was really cold. Got everything > all packed up, our tent was really wet. Got out on > the road about 8:30AM. As > we drove through the mountains we noticed there was > snow on the peaks. It was so pretty. But it sure did > look cold outside. > Drove through Alpine and there was snow everywhere. > Thor was just staring at his bed and kept on going > around in circles. I > told Dan maybe we should stop in Alpine to let him > out so he could do his business. Well ohhh my Gosh I > let Thor out and > froze my buns off. Thor really didn't have to use > the restroom, he was cold too I think. He just > wanted to get out for a second. > He got back up in the bus. It started warming up > around Del Rio, but it never really got warm until > we got to Houston. We got > home at 10PM, just in time to watch Madd TV. The > End. > > Katrina & Dan Martin > 71'bus "Homer" > http://web.mac.com/danandkatrinamartin/ > http://ical.mac.com/danandkatrinamartin/Volks32Shows > > Paul Smith www.23window.com/thezone T.C.B. H.B.B.