Even being Hispanic...Mexican-American to be exact... I had never been part of the celebrations that take place on this date. Sure I had seen them on TV and in movies but it was not until 2010 in Terlingua that I had the privilege to be part of them in person.
Like I mentioned I had every intention of being the designated driver but I changed my mind. Why? Call me paranoid if you like but as I was walking to my car after I got off to photograph the "other" cook-off...I caught the attention of a Sheriff's patrol vehicle.
I pulled over on the shoulder, let him pass me then made a U-turn as I decided to head back to CASI. He decided to turn around as well. I tried to see if it was only my paranoia...so I turned off at the Old Ghost town...I will be darn if he did not turn in too!
In order to "shake" him...decided to park and get off at the cemetery...he looked my way and continued on towards "The Porch". No one was there yet as the celebration takes place at dusk. I walked around the cemetery as I waited for the patrol car to head back to where ever. Decided I had had enough law enforcement attention for one day and went back to my camp.
What profile did I fit? Out-of town middle age woman wearing a back brace and taking pictures??? Except for the back brace I think there are plenty of middle age women taking pictures especially this time of the year...OK...call me paranoid if you must!
Good night. May you all have Terlingua Dreams.