A Passion for Big Bend Inspires a Life-Long Career Change
You won't find two people more in love with the natural beauty and history surrounding Big Bend National Park than Greg and Valynda Henington. They both left their banking jobs---Greg in Houston, and Valynda in Fort Davis---to settle in the last frontier of Terlingua, TX, as co-owners and managers of Far Flung Outdoor Center (formerly known as Texas River Expeditions).
Mark Evans, who still owns a part of Far Flung and helps promote it, started Texas River Expeditions back in 1974, with Greg joining him in 1986. In 2001, they purchased Far Flung Adventures, merged it with TRE and founded what would become the widest, most complete offering of outdoor experiences available in West Texas: Far Flung Outdoor Center.
It's been more than 30 years since Greg first began introducing people to the wonders of the Rio Grande River and taking them to see its hidden gems. Today, that passion is stronger than ever before, as evidenced by the many ways Far Flung has created for its guests to discover and enjoy Big Bend. As the result of living in a remote territory, Greg has also studied and developed an expertise in wilderness medicine, which, as a paramedic for Terlingua Fire & EMS, often has him answering medical emergencies in the Big Bend. And, as if all that weren't enough, he hopes to someday author a book or two about America's last frontier, but until then you can probably find him making sure everything runs perfectly at Far Flung. As for when Greg's on vacation, it isn't unusual to find him rowing the Grand Canyon or one of America's other great western rivers, as his love of rivers runs deep, even during his free time.
Valynda won't tell you, but she's the reason people stick around to work for Greg (and probably the reason why he's still sane). She smoothes out all the details of answering phones, coordinating trips and making sure that everyone who goes on an adventure leaves with a smile on their face. If you get treated like you're part of the family (which you will), it's all her doing. Valynda also serves on the board of the Terlingua Water Association (water conservation is a big thing in the desert), plus, she chases after four young grandchildren from time to time. Valynda is also a skilled gardener and has begun adding a native-plant landscaping program to the Far Flung grounds. And, she's a darned good boat rower in her own right; ask Valynda about her just-right-sized raft and her face will light up from Terlingua to the Chisos!
Greg & Valynda Henington
The Far Flung Difference
All outfitters are not created equal. So, every day our goal is to perform at the top end of our industry, whether it's in the way we welcome you or the quality of the equipment we use or the way our guides are hand-picked for skill, outdoor knowledge and friendliness.
We want to be your best friend in Big Bend---someone you can trust to help you make the most of your Big Bend adventures.
Come experience with us the majesty of this vast, untamed wilderness that we love so dearly. We think you'll be captured by it, too, just like we are every single day. On behalf of everyone at Far Flung, we look forward to helping you discover the many deep canyons, tall mountains, and far-reaching desert vistas of the one, the only Big Bend National Park.