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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Fire at Moody Ranch

Pictures courtesy of the Del Rio News-Herald

Last night there was a smell to something burnt as I made my way to the living room. Turned on the lights and checked everywhere.  Went to the kitchen and the smell got stronger.  This is an old house so I got concerned, woke up my mother to let her know what was going on.


We once had an incident with the old A/C unit but this one is two or three years old and I did not have it on. Ran out side to see if it had caught on fire but as soon as I opened the door, I realized that it wasn't our house but something else was burning elsewhere.


The air was thick with smoke and you could barely see the lights in Mexico from the haze.  It was awful so ran back inside.  I could not help but think of poor Walter having to smell that :-(


Got online and learned that the Moody Ranch was on fire.  The Moody Ranch is a big ranch on the banks of the Rio Grande but further downstream from us going towards Eagle Pass, Texas.  I guess the strong winds blew it back into town.


The bedrooms face north that is why the smell was not as strong but it sure got stronger as the night went on. Glad to report the fire is now under control.


While many of you may not have heard of Moody Ranch in Del Rio, Texas...it happens to be the location where the popular western mini-series..."Lonesome Dove" was filmed back in 1989.



Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.

14 comments:

  1. For future - if there is thick smoke and you can smell it strongly inside the house, place damp towels around window / door openings. That will prevent the smoke from collecting inside a room - from which it can't escape...

    Just a safety measure - especially for those wirh breathing problems :)

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    1. So am I Suerte...could not help but think of you and Patti when I started smelling the smoke.

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  3. That still scares me, and i'll look til i find the source too. When i was a kid, our house burned.

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    1. It was scary for a while there when I could not find the source of the smell.

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  4. I loved Lonesome Dove. Of course I like most all westerns.

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    1. They say it was a good series. I did not have the opportunity to watch it.

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  5. I'm so glad to hear the smoke (or the fire) didn't threaten you or your Mom. It must have been scary.

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    1. It was very scary when I thought the smell came from our house.

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  6. Haven't seen Lonesome Dove? Even if you don't care for westerns, you will want to see it. Whenever it comes on TNT or one of those basic cable channels, I can't help but watch a few hours of it, no matter where it happens to be in the story. Some of the greatest lines come from that mini series. I hate rude behavior in a man; won't tolerate it.
    http://youtu.be/snxME3CDtvI?t=4m10s

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    1. Actually I do like westerns, that is where I got my love of the desert from.

      My friend's daughter asked me to tape it for her because she did not have a VCR back then. Heard a lot of good reviews about it but when I sat down to watch it, I fell asleep. It did not occur to me until tonight that she never gave me the tape back.

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  7. Ms B if you love westerns then you just gotta watch Lonesome Dove. It is a mini-series so its a long watch, about 6 hours I think, but it's broke up into 4 parts that could be easily fit into your schedule I bet. Maybe your local library has it to check out, or you could borrow it from someone, it'd be easy to find online, etc. Point is that to me in my humble opinion it's one of the top five videos that I've ever seen, and probly the bestest western too. Robert Duvall, native Texan Tommy Lee Jones, Diane Lane, Anjelica Huston and a host of other great actors make for some pretty good ol' boys and girls too. To me it's a contemporary western set in western times, with themes of love, hate, courage, loss, forgiveness and redemption, an outstanding performance by everyone involved along with some spectacular locales (you did say parts of it were filmed in your area). For several years after it came out (and I think it was 1988, wow that's a ways back) my buddy Glass eye Gary (yea he only had one eye) would quote lines from it, re-enact scenes from it, and just generally remind me that he thought it was the greatest thing since cotton socks.

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    1. Hi Redmike!

      Wow, both Dave and you as well as a couple of my friends speak highly of the series. May just have to watch it :)

      Thanks for the suggestion of checking with the local library.

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