Hello All !Big Larry, Henry, and I
are inviting 'Ya'll' to come to Texas for what promises to be one heck of a Rally that will have something for everyone!Date: April 17-24, 2016 Location:
Rally HQ will be The Maverick RV Ranch at the Lajitas Resort. www.lajitasgolfresort.com
Lajitas Resort was billed as the Ultimate Hideaway for the rich and famous wanting to literally 'get away from everything'. If there are any pilots wanting to join the rally, the Lajitas Airport can handle any bird you care to fly there. Lajitas has two fine restaurants on the property to dine at as well as spa services for those who want to enjoy a day of pampering. There are also fantastic hotel accommodations for those who are not still RV'ing, so you can join the rally and get in on all the activities we have planned. Please take a moment to review the Lajitas Resort link to see other services and activities they offer. If we have any golfers, the Lajitas course is one of the most unusual courses you will ever play and a strong slice for you right handers will sail your ball across the Rio Grande into Mexico! I have secured 30 sites at $30 and $32 with cable TV for our group.
Lajitas is located between Big Bend State Park and Big Bend National Park. http://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/big-bend-ranchhttp://www.nps.gov/bibe/index.htm
There are approximately over 200 miles of hiking trails in both parks offering diverse long distance views and an amazing variety of wildlife. Organized hikes will be offered in the national park for all who wish to attend. There are also white water raft trips down the Rio Grande for folks that wish to experience a thrilling adventure.
What activities are we planning? (This list is not complete as of now)Jeep Runs to:
The Top of The World
Old Ore Road (26 mi one way)
River Road North and South (along the Rio Grande, 51 mi one way)
Marathon Road (think deep sand, Baja Style, over 20 mi)
Glenn Springs Road (16 mi)
Black Gap Road (8.5 mi)
Mariscal Mine - An old Cinnabar mine where mercury/quicksilver was mined
Hot Springs in the national park that is actually in the Rio Grande River
Big Bend Ranch State Park road to the ranch HQ is a fun, rocky 24 miles that once at the ranch HQ, has numerous Jeep trails to scenic sites that can be explored and is accessed a few miles from Maverick Ranch Rally HQ.
More roads and trails will be offered as we develop more of an organized schedule closer to the rally date.
Several years ago I owned a ranch near Lajitas and I have arranged a day for us to get some lead flying at a friend's ranch 2 miles north of the Lajitas Airport. We will enjoy busting clay birds out over a 100 foot deep canyon, pistol and rifle targets, and for you long range gunners, we can set targets out to 750 yards to shoot from the rifle bench. I will bring along a couple AR15's, AK-47, shotguns, and several caliber pistols for those few of you that won't have your firearms handy for the rally. As for the rest of you, start gathering up your ammo now!
Another fun thing for us to do is cross into Mexico at the newly opened border crossing at Boquillias Canyon located in the national park. It is unusual in that is it a US Border Kiosk($1mm) that is manned by park rangers, not Customs/Border Patrol Agents. You simply park in the secure lot at the crossing, walk though the Border Kiosk down to the Rio Grande. On the other side of the Rio Grande in Mexico, several old timers will serenade us while flat bottom boats will be rowed across the river to transport us the the other side. The town of Boquillias del Carmen which has once again come to life since the border opening is 3/4 mi from the river. You can chose a burro, horse, or truck to make your way into the village for a cold beverage and lunch and perhaps make a small purchase to support the villagers. Upon your return to the US, you will place your passport into the kiosk machine and be connected to a Border Patrol Agent in Presidio, Texas. A polite welcome home from the agent completes your experience of this very memorable few hours spent in Mexico.
And finally, a trip to Big Bend is not complete without a visit to Terlingua Ghost Town (7 mi from Lajitas). The Ghost Town is located between our Rally HQ and the entrance to Big Bend National Park. In fact, the Starlight Theater Restaurant is where I met my wife Andrea who was on holiday from Germany 9 years ago. Please take a moment to explore Terlingua at this link. http://ghosttowntexas.com/terlingua.html
There are several unique restaurants in the area that you will also want to experience as well.
Come and enjoy one of the most remote and beautiful areas you have ever travelled to. Many travelers have found Big Bend to be the destination that they return to year after year; Henry, Margaret, Andrea, and I are among the faithful! There will also be some special prize$ for events held during the rally
Please reply to this thread to join us and secure a spot at Maverick Ranch RV Park !