Sunday, January 22, 2012

Cool Aerial Vid of Terlingua

Thanks to Bigfoot for sending me the link to this video. As he said it is truly Amazing and I'd add Awesome to that. The video was made by Alex Whitmore and it appears that it was shot from an old Piper J3 Cub. (Which I also think are Awesome vintage aircrafts.) I'd love to fly one, but the closest I've ever come to that was a Cessna 150. Anyway the camera used to make the video was also Awesome! I'm starting this thread with a screen capture of the final seconds of the video which show 9 Points Mesa and Santiago Peak which I post a lot of photos of from here. I'm posting the video here, but I'm also posting the YouTube link and I'd highly recommend using it so you can go to Full Screen view because the video is that good.

You can find Alex's web site at Alex Whitmore

Link is My Secret Canyon


Ring came down Friday and bought a couple of quads for us to go exploring on (which we did yesterday). Had a great time and saw a lot of great things. We were trying to find an ancient lake that has been dry for no telling how long, but unfortunately someone has bought the land between here and it or maybe the actual property its on and they have it cut off by a cable fence and No Trespassing signs so we couldn't get to it. We still found some great views. I'm still kicking my own butt because I forgot to take the camera and there is no way I'd try to get back to some of those areas on anything other than a quad. We would have kept going, but finally came to a place where even quads couldn't tread. Well we could have made it down the gorge, but we'd have never made it out. Ring should be getting near Odessa by now as he pulled out earlier this morning.

It appears that someone decided to let the air out of one of the tires on Ring's pickup Friday night while we were at the legion. We took the tire to Gil for him to fix it and he couldn't find a single leak. Not only that, but he put the tire back on and it was still up this morning. All I have to say is that someone obviously doesn't value their life too much because IF I'd caught them doing it they would have probably lost it.

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  1. Wow David, that is some spectacular video, I loved it. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. DD, yes it is, but Bigfoot deserves the thanks.

      That sort of makes you want a helicopter to haul on top of your new home doesn't it? ;)

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  2. Tffnguy

    Its legal to let air out of peoples tires in Texas, as long as you don't let all the air out (No Joke)

    Someone probably thought it was a good joke to play, however it backfire and cause time and money.

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    1. Well CC, I'll wait until they let all the air out before I shoot them.

      Of course all air really belongs to the US government so It may over rule the Texas law and make it a federal offense to let the air out of tires. Then again it may be against the law to have air in your tires to start with?

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  3. David - We hired quaddies for the four of us for my birthday last year. Best birthday ever... :)

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    1. They are a blast Dani. I hope to have the ATV cart running by mid spring so I can use it for exploring.

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  4. Absolutely fabulous video. Thank you to Bigfoot for sending you the link and to you for posting it.

    I have been trying for about four hours now to be able to enter the comments section of this post and finally gave up and dragged my other computer out so I could try entering using Google Chrome.

    This having to have GC for blogging sucks :-(

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  5. Just noticed your time clock is wrong and so is the one in my blog even though I have it set to central time it wants to do pacific time...grrrrrrrr!!!

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    1. MsB, now I want an airplane. ;)

      Yep looks like this clock is off by 2 hours. I can live with that if they get everything else that's screwed up fixed.

      I've come to the conclusion that it doesn't pay to change anything because as soon as you do they screw it up again. Yesterday I was able to post using Firefox and am today to, but the pictures weren't resizing. Matter of fact clicking on them had no effect at all.

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  6. You are right, that was an awesome video. Thanks for posting.

    One of the reasons that we own land on the Ranch is so we can explore on the quads. It's a ton of fun to get out and hit those dirt roads and not know where you are going to end up. I'd say that within the last 10 years we are finding a lot more road blocks that didn't used to be there.

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  7. Is this "secret" canyon in the Big Bend? Absolutely stunning video! Thanks for posting.

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  8. Great video, David. Thanks a lot for posting the link. I sent it to a few of my friends.
    Quad exploring Terlingua Ranch sounds like a blast. When we had our little Bronco the past few years, we loved to put in four wheel drive and go exploring down there. There's so much to see! You just have to remember the way back!

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    1. RGP, yes its part of Terlingua Ranch I think. Not far from here.

      Allen, I think if I do much exploring on quads I'll take along a can of spray paint, a GPS and my pistol. I'd spray a circle at each road we turn on and put an arrow in it pointing the direction we came from. In this case we came back a different way and managed to make it back ok. The way some of the roads fork off out here and just pot out makes me a little nervous. One place we were at there were a lot of animal tracks and I mentioned to Ring that it looked like Cougar country. That's when we decided to come home.

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    2. @tffnguy Thanks for the reply. I was on a hunting trip at Terlingua Ranch (CDP Ranch was the name of the sub-ranch) and I was swept away by the beauty of the place, especially Chaulk Canyon. However, I see it's even more spectacular from the air.

      Consider yourself lucky to among those that can appreciate the natural beauty of the place. Our party of hunters were split about 50/50. My group loved it, the other group never stopped complaining (they're the Aspen, Colorado types).

      All I know is that some of us have the Big Bend in our blood, others don't, and that's fine with me because I never liked crowds anyway.

      Take care!

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  9. RGP, this isn't JW's blog I try to reply to all comments. ;) Never heard of the CDP ranch, but of course there's still a lot I don't know about this place.

    I'm sure there are a lot worse places I could be, but this place has a way of contradicting that notion at times. I'm definitely NOT the Aspen, Colorado type. I hate cold and snow.

    On another note it looks like Blogger is back to its old tricks again. I just had to switch to that crappy Google Chrome to post this.

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