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  •  I'll add it to my list. . . (2+ / 0-)
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    RiveroftheWest, BlackSheep1

    your encouragement to get me to the Kermit, Texas area. That place I know about because my former boss, at the U. S. Forest Service, had this appellation for a first name. I have been meaning to get back to Big Bend, anyway, so what's a detour here and there, just to see more dune country? And, yes, Balmorhea and the Cienega, I know about. I'm a desert and canyon rat, besides. Something fascinates about such a living, yet in a way, sterile, environment. And by the way, I have decided to post Carlsbad, the diary, tomorrow. One of our community contributors, a Rescue Ranger, mentioned this and other places in that vicinity, and to take the slow roads to see the wonder of such places.  I am finishing the research today and will get on that posting by tomorrow sometime; maybe 9, and maybe as late as 3. Anyway, thank you so much for the tips and the embedded information. And, yes, the Sand Dues, like the Guadalupe Mountains does peak my interest. I climbed those 'dry' mountains one time and damn near ran out of water. A lovely view from the summit, let me tell you. Gorgeous country all the way around.

    Treat the world (yourself, and others) as part of a living organism. Everyone and everything will benefit.

    by richholtzin on Thu Mar 28, 2013 at 06:11:07 AM PDT

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    •  when my kids were high-schoolers, (1+ / 0-)
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      we went out to the Caverns on a weekend jaunt. You could see all the way to Guadalupe Peak from the Cavern's upper parking area.

      Can't do it now. Too much junk in the atmosphere. Over the last several years, the daylight view towards Juarez from El Paso has deteriorated, too. I think it's the coal plants.

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      by BlackSheep1 on Thu Mar 28, 2013 at 03:57:00 PM PDT

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      •  fossil fuel and a carbon-buildup. . . (2+ / 0-)
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        RiveroftheWest, BlackSheep1

        a double whammy for this ailing planet, yet people turn a blind eye (and a somewhat blurred vision) to such stuff as needs to be done. . .alternative energy sources, for instance. When I first popped on the Colorado Plateau scene in 1970, the acuity of any given view on a clear day was around 110 miles. From the eastern shores of the Grand Canyon that huge, round and black laccolith, Navajo Mountain, was plainly visible on the horizon. I think the average viewing distance today is something like 60 miles. So, your thoughts on the matter are received at this end, BlackSheep1. Thanks for posting the memories of a time way back when. . .etc.

        Treat the world (yourself, and others) as part of a living organism. Everyone and everything will benefit.

        by richholtzin on Thu Mar 28, 2013 at 04:01:13 PM PDT

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