Arkie Mama: My shirt, wedding & Big Bend

Those of you who read my Forces of Nurture column today know what’s in store:

Pictures of the ugly shirt I wore to grab Hubs attention before we started dating.

Pictures of our wedding at Big Bend National Park.

And pictures from our many other trips there.

(If you haven’t read the column, go to the Little Rock Mamas homepage, look to the top right, and you’ll see Forces of Nurture. In my column, I describe how Hubs and I met, our wedding, etc… If that’s not enticement enough, you also can read about my shameless behavior that preceded our courtship.)

Back already?

All right, then, let’s proceed:

The rat-ugly shirt. But hey, it worked!

The rat-ugly shirt. But hey, it worked!

(That pic was taken three years ago, hence the bangs, shorter hair and belly.)

OK, moving on.

Here we are at the Window View Trail, where a kick-ass trippy-hippie justice of the peace married us. My lovely stepdaughter Cece helped me pick out that dress.

Behind us is the "window." It's a v-shaped notch.

Behind us is the "window." It's a v-shaped notch.

This was taken after the wedding, outside our hotel.

This was taken after the wedding, outside our hotel.

We return to Big Bend each year. It’s my favoritest national park, and believe me, I have been to many.

Usually, we spend the first night of each trip at the Gage Hotel in Marathon. This is where we stayed on our wedding night.

The Gage Hotel

The Gage Hotel

The lobby

The lobby

Outside the Gage in 2004. My locket holds a photo of a baby Tootie.

Outside the Gage in 2004. My locket holds a photo of a baby Tootie.

After stopping at the Gage, we leave Marathon and drive down to the park, where we camp for several nights.

Big Bend National Park

Big Bend National Park

Hiking the Lost Mine Trail

Hiking the Lost Mine Trail

At the end of rugged trails, you often find surprises.

At the end of many rugged trails, you often find surprises.

Pretty, no?

Pretty, no?

The Chisos Basin gets chilly in the evening.

The Chisos Basin gets chilly in the evening.

Watching the moonrise from our campsite.

Watching the moonrise from our campsite.

Big Bend is so still, so silent, and at night, so dark, you see and hear things that the “real world” blocks out.

Here's where the Rio Grande cuts through Santa Elena canyon.

Here's where the Rio Grande cuts through Santa Elena canyon.

Cemetary at Terlingua Ghost Town

Cemetary at Terlingua Ghost Town

After camping in the park, we always head back to Marathon for a night or two at the Gage. Then we settle cozily into the White Buffalo Bar.

Each trip, Hubs takes a picture of my with the White Buffalo.

Each trip, Hubs takes a picture of me underneath the White Buffalo.

4 thoughts on “Arkie Mama: My shirt, wedding & Big Bend

  1. Finally figured out how to log in on yours. Now I must say that I remember that shirt. It kind of reminds me of the one you wore for halloween that changed colors when it warmed???? You must share that with your readers, too, hee hee!

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  2. Love the photos, the ones I’ve seen and the ones I haven’t. We want to take a trip there someday so I’ll want some advice and recommendations.

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