Between Christmas and New Year, we visited the Big Bend area again. The campground we stayed in was in Study Butte. (Said stooody like moody, not study like you would do for a test.) . There was a road that went off beside the campground and I was curious where it went. One of the days, I was on my own so I decided to follow it where it went. Looked at gooogle maps and followed the tracks.
It was a short road, it led to a parking area at the border of the national park at a trailhead we walked down another day. But on this drive, I saw another gorgeous view of the Chisos Mountains.
It doesn’t seem to matter that much where you are down there, there’s nearly always a view.
The Porch is an important gathering place in Terlingua. It’s actually the porch that runs most of the length of the Terlingua Trading Post and Starlight Theater. It’s an interesting blend of the locals and tourists and everything in between. In the evenings it can be a very lively place, sometimes in the afternoons and early evenings, you can find a jam session of local and out of town musicians going on. Rumor has it that Robert Plant joined in one day.
Despite the sign “No Dogs on the Porch” there’s usually at least one dog there wandering up and down. The sign actually just applies to visiting dogs, the local dogs have their own society and pecking order.
In daylight hours, there’s an incredible view of the Chisos Mountains in the national park. After dark, the entertainment is in the ambience of the lights of the Porch.
Back in Terlingua, there is a cemetery. Some of the graves date back to the days when the mine was active, some are recent.
I took this picture a couple of years ago and when I was there over the holiday, I was saddened to discover that the cross had fallen over and broken.
R.I.P. Jesus R. Vega
This was taken on the Old Maverick Road in Big Bend National Park. I was having a fun drive down the barely improved dirt and gravel road. When you find my Xterra, look above and to the right. If you have the picture on a big enough display, you can see the buildings of Terlingua. The people who live there have to be resilient to withstand the hot, dry summers, the rainy falls, and all the tourists looking for adventure. The desert demands certain skills and much respect to survive in. Some of the locals live completely off the grid, using solar cells for electricity and catchment systems to save rainwater that falls. I will say rainwater tastes so pure.
Our favorite place to vacation is the Big Bend area in south west Texas. We will be heading there again the week between Christmas and New Years.
This picture is taken from a place we have stayed several times but may not be able to visit again because of the last election.
But I refuse to let one person’s politics spoil my enjoyment of a relaxing and reviving place.