Terlingua Dreams

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Should I stay or should I go?

Post for Sunday - November 2, 2014

Last night I went to bed with the chickens but woke up at 4:00 a.m. once more!  The beauty of car camping is that I can leave whenever I want without worrying about breaking camp.  However, I am not crazy (I know that might be debatable) and was not about to leave at this ungodly hour let alone with my poor night vision.

Sunday morning view from my prime piece of real estate 
Watched the guys break camp at 5:00 a.m. and leave shortly thereafter.  Tried to go back to sleep but ended up watching the sunrise.  Would have gotten up and sat in my chair but Friday morning my best friend's boyfriend killed a snake by his truck.  Needless to say that left me and her traumatized!

Looking towards the cooks area
The time change took place last night, as soon as the sun came up...everyone started leaving. Back in the 90's when I first started coming, people would cook breakfast and linger for a while before going back home.  Now days it seems like everyone wants to get the hell out of Dodge.

Always a good idea to photograph your campsite in case
someone dumps trash on it after you leave and they
try to blame you next year.
I did not know whether to stay another day or make my own way home.  I did not make up my mind until after my best friend left.  While I wanted to go to the Dia de Los Muertos celebration at Terlingua Cemetery, I knew I would probably end up partying afterwards...I must be getting soft in my old age but I was pretty much partied out...can you believe that?  You can't?  Well, neither can I... but I was!

Went to visit a local blogger, Tffnguy at his home.  We chewed the fat for a long while as we watched all the cook-off traffic drive by.  He along with other locals are privy to some spectacular views from their porch and basically from every direction. I am so looking forward to the day that I can call Terlingua home.

Last year I had to drive home on Sunday but I did not encounter as much RV traffic as I did this time around.  While a lot of the people at CASI had left, you have to keep in mind that there are two cook-off's that take place simultaneously in Terlingua.  The other one is more family oriented and with mature adults that do not necessarily have to go work the next day.

When I got to Alpine the train was crossing.  The trains are the same ones that cross through Del Rio and let me tell you, they are long and take forever to cross the tracks.

I, along with other chili cook-off attendees pulled over into the Sul Ross State University stadium, turned off our vehicles and waited it out.  Afterward decided to brave the crowds at Stripes and top off my tank as well as purchase some hot chocolate.

I ended up following this truck and the pit they were hauling all the way to Del Rio. When I stopped in Sanderson, they stopped as well.  One guy bought a large bag of ice and he was not happy with how much he had to pay for it.  That is one thing about ice in the desert...it is not cheap!

I guess it must have been the driver's first time out this way because he stopped at the Comstock Border Patrol checkpoint going east when you are only required to stop when heading west.

Last year when I passed through here the new inspection station was under construction, figured it would have been finished by now but that was not the case...maybe next year.

Hope you enjoyed the virtual trip to the desert. Now you can breathe a collective sigh of relieve, that I will not be mentioning it for another year :D

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.


  1. I loved hearing about the trip and seeing all the pictures. It sounds like you had a great time and saw lots of old friends. Can't ask for much more than that!

    1. The best way I can describe it is that Terlingua is my adult version of Christmas.

      I look forward to it all year long, I savor my days there and then there is always the sadness once it is over. Yet you still have the illusion of returning next year.

  2. ain't nothing better than time spent in the desert.

  3. I'd like to see a tutorial on how to car camp, Ss!

    1. Nothing to it, just carry as little as you can get away with, while making sure you have enough room so you can recline your seat in order to sleep comfortably.

      You gave me an idea for a future post Sb.

      Did you watch the game tonight? We so deserved to lose...we paid poorly :(

    2. Meant to say "we played poorly".

    3. I don't have cable TV so did not watch. I don't mind our boys losing every now and then - gives Pop a reason to coach!
      I enjoyed your trip details and pics and am not "tired" of them! Looks like a lot of fun!

    4. Glad you enjoyed the virtual trip and pics. My mom HATES the cook-off and the town. When I tell her I am writing a post about my trip...she replies "Another one? Your poor readers!"....jajajajaja :D

      So glad the second squad pulled a win tonight more than anything because I don't like their head coach Derek Fisher. His clutch three pointers were a dagger that he inflicted on all the teams I followed back when he was a player.


    5. >>Fisher was soundly booed when he was announced as during pregame introductions. The fans obviously still remember all the postseason skirmishes with the former Lakers guard, especially his game-winning shot with 0.4 seconds remaining in the 2004 Western Conference semifinals. Still, Popovich, who normally waves at opposing coaches prior to tipoff, walked over and gave Fisher a hug and spoke with the Knicks' first-year coach for a couple of minutes.<<

      Horrible memory. By the way - I have a PINCHE LAKERS tee shirt I had made - but all I can feel is sorry for those hapless losers now.

    6. I am not surprised as Pop is a class act and so are the Spurs.

      Lol, I would have loved to have had a tee shirt with that slogan a couple of years back. Like yourself I can't but feel sorry for them as well. Hope they don't get lucky tomorrow.

  4. I'd like to hear about how to car camp too.

    I was going to say that it looks like lots of fun, except what about bugs and snakes?

    Your best friend's boyfriend answered the question for me.

    [Ayee! I'll pass. ;-o]

    1. Like I mentioned in my reply to Andy...I will do a future post on car camping. I think everyone must be pretty tired of hearing about my trip to the cook-off...will give them a rest :D

      Actually on both trips down there we had excellent weather, not too hot or too cold. Some years we are pestered by flies and others by bees but this year we lucked out and had neither.

      This year I became complacent and forgot to carry my moth balls with me after all four years have passed since my last "snake incident". The only saving grace was that he killed it and threw it down the ravine. Had I seen the dead snake it would have REALLY freaked me out more than it did.

  5. Last time I went car camping,it was in my mom's 1968 Chevrolet Impala Super Sport. At a drive in theater. In the back seat. I was 17,my girlfriend was 16. HEE-HAW

    1. Lol RedEyeMule! Hanky panky does not qualify as car camping :D


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