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Bonnie Smietanowska Nov 29, 2015 at 03:53 PM

Jan 31 but can also do Jan 24: I will drive round trip from Tucson with room for a passenger, M or F. It'll be a road trip on a flexible schedule, with hikes and adventures on the way, airports in Tucson or Phoenix. I'm a recently retired scientist, and this will be my first Roadscholar trip. I set up an account so you can send messages.
Gerri Short Nov 29, 2015 at 11:11 PM

May be interested Bonnie. What adventures and hikes are you interested in doing. How many days would your flexible trip be lasting beside the Road Scholar Big Ben hike? Gerri

Kay Wagner Nov 15, 2015 at 04:45 PM

Signed up for January 10-15 , 2016 trip. Flying into and out of Midland and will rent car. Anyone want to share rental car?

Susan Armstrong Oct 23, 2015 at 08:33 PM

To Paula Swanson, Couldn't find a way to reply in your box. About poles: Many of us bring two and only use 1. They are only $10 in Walmart. At least here, where people hike all the year. They are most useful to me when going downhill. And especially if there is ANY loose rock.

Gerri Short Oct 23, 2015 at 03:19 PM

Have changed date to Feb 7 - 12. Anyone want to share a rental car and the 250 miles to Big Ben?
Dhana Broser Nov 23, 2015 at 05:20 PM

I will be coming from St Louis & would be glad to share a rental car.

Gerri Short Sep 30, 2015 at 10:24 PM

Will be flying from Chicago to Midland or San Antonio for the Dec 13-18 hike. Anyone want to share a rental car and expense.

Susan Armstrong Sep 30, 2015 at 12:42 PM

I will be driving from Las Cruces, NM with one other person. We will leave a day early and stay a day late to visit the Fort Davis, Alpine, Marfa areas. We will be doing the Big Bend hiking trip from Nov 29 - Dec 4. We could fit one more person, if you need a lift.

mary ann bernard Sep 28, 2015 at 04:12 PM

I will have a rental car out of Alpine TX w/one or possibly two other friends Jan 30-Feb 6 and can accommodate others arriving by Amtrak for the 1/31 hike if you are willing to go to Carlsbad Caverns and stay an extra night either in Big Bend or near there afterwards, and of course split car expenses. (The trains don't run every day so there is no choice about the extra day.) FYI Amtrak is a cheap, fun and easy way to go Big Bend from LA or New Orleans or in between though the days the SW Chief runs don't work out precisely.

Richard Crescitelli Sep 02, 2015 at 01:15 PM

I am booked on the Nov 8-13, 2015 trip and I have a rental car from El Paso. I can take one or two riders if you want to share the car rental and gas expenses.

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