Chago, nice report. I see you found cattail falls. you must of had some good intel for that one.
It's great to see some of y'all lengthening your stay. Chago's last line pretty much sums it up for me. It's a beautiful place that I can't really describe why I keep going back time and time again. To most it appears to just be a vast wasteland, but to me and so many others it has an allure and romance that is everlasting.
I've made two trips to Death Valley for the same reason. DV is even bigger and I know each trip will reveal more beauty so I don't try to cram too much in each trip.
For those that can do the river, it's a real treat. I did mariscal over three days and two nights through far flung. It was truly amazing. Desert sports is another excellent outfitter in Terlingua. I've always wanted to do a long trip that included santa elena, mariscal and boquillas canyon.......that's on the bucket list.....
For those staying longer and wanting to do more backpacking, I'd look into the dodson trail. It's another one on my list. Also, the rancherias loop in state park. It would make a nice two night trip. It's across the road from closed canyon mentioned before.