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Published: February 1st 2018
What a day it was here on our first full day outside Big Bend National Park. We had two close calls that could have ended our trip, but both turned out well. Within minutes of arriving here, our Maggie got a little too close to a cactus before Mi Hyon could yank her back. Well surprise she got a thorn in her nose and again before Mi Hyon could react she used her tongue to grab it then swallow it. Mi Hyon frantically tried to get it from her mouth but it went right down. I just can't imagine how it did not get stuck in her throat (see picture)! So what now...well I searched the internet for guidance and advice, but there wasn't too much there (what was there was scarey)...I guess most dogs are smart enough not to swallow a thorn in the first place. We decided that an x-ray wouldn't show the thorn and since it was past vet closing hours, we'd take the wait and worry method. We fed her some sticky food (rice, chicken broth, and peanut butter) and so far she didn't seem too bad. Now since I didn't witness the event's beginning, I got
Three of us at Observatory
Had to take Maggie everywhere since we were worried about her health. We love her, but she is a bit of an anchor.
the job of checking to see if she passed the thorn in the upcoming movements...first nope, second the same...really worried about now but Maggie seems fine. Finally, the third time is a charm and there is the thorn, unbelievably she passed it without choking or it getting stuck somewhere along the way. Incredible luck! The second close call came on the way home from the star party in total darkness...Now the speed limit is 55 (crazy in these hills during the day), but the roads are empty so I'm going 45 in these switch back blind curves over dips etc...we come over a hill, around a curve, and in the moons shadow there stood the largest wild boar I've ever seen! (We never imagined they got that big, easily 250lbs). Big enough so that when we finished our panic stop, he was not concerned about us being there and almost looked annoyed. We drove around him and safely made it home.
Anyway, it was a great day and all turned out well! The observatory sits on top of a 6800 foot mountain top with a clear view all around, it is so beautiful up there, but the pictures just
can't capture nature's majestic beauty. During the day we drove up there to make sure we could find the center after dark. On the way back took the nature loop, about a 70 mile trio around the Davis Mountains and it was a true visual experience. We arrived home around 3PM and rested up for the evening Star Party which started at 7PM. Unfortunately, there was a super moon so some of the celestial elements like Uranus (2.8 billion KM away) were not as clear as they could have been. Still it was great to see the gas clouds of new star formations and some of the far away star clusters through some really big telescopes. What a great day! Tomorrow is Big Bend National Park.
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