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14 October 2006

PHOTO SCAVENGER HUNT SATURDAY


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oday's pictorial subject is "Lost" and to be honest I really had to scrounge around for something. Then I came across the Big Bend pictures. The last I was in Big Bend was about 10 years ago. If God ever had a playground, this is it.

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Early Spanish explorers of the Southwest discovered and developed many mines, some yielding silver and gold. According to legend, a rich ore body was discovered near the summit of Lost Mine Peak. Prisoners were forced to work the mine. These men were blindfolded on several occasions, in their march from Presidio San Vicente, to prevent them from learning its location. The ruins of this presidio are about 20 miles southeast of this peak across the Rio Grande in Mexico.

Lost Mine Trail - Big Bend - 1996


The story relates how Indians who resented the Spaniards' invasion of their homelands, attacked and killed them to the last man. The final act, according to the story, was to seal the mine entrance to prevent further exploration.

The legend states that if a man stood in the door of the chapel at Presidio San Vicente on Easter morning, he could see the sun's first rays strike Lost Mine Peak on the exact mine entrance.

And 'yes' I got lost every single time I went into the desert at Big Bend. Essentials are water and a map.

Observations and Questions
If you ever get a chance to go to Big Bend, GO... there is no place on earth like it.

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1644 William Penn English Quaker & founder of Pennsylvania. And in the death notices today in 1977 Bing Crosby dies of a heart attack at 74, in Madrid, Spain.

Holidays and Special Dates Today Around the World
Bangladesh: Durga Puja
Malagasy Rep: Independence Day (1958)
Maryland: Peggy Stewart Day-US sinks ship against taxes (1774)
Peo's Dem Rep of Yemen (South Yemen): Independence Day (1962)
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