You know from my recent posts how much I enjoyed Big Bend National Park in Texas. We stayed at Rio Grande Village for the first part of our visit and then we moved around to the other side to be closer to some of the scenery over there. It’s a pretty big park. We chose an RV park in a ghost town named Terlingua. Little did I know it would turn out to be one of my favourite places on the whole trip.
Doesn’t look like much from here does it?
Nesled in between the National Park and Big Bend State Park, Terlingua is an odd little place. In the 1880’s it was the location of the Chisos Mining Company and home to 2,000 people. They mined cinnabar, from which mercury is extracted.
Today there is a small community there, many of whom have made their homes inside the ruins of the old buildings. In 2011 the population was 85. It is a peaceful and inspiring place full of artists and musicians and other people who live life on the fringe. Hanging out on the porch playing music and telling stories is a favourite passtime.
One of the funniest things I experienced there was the Chihuahua races! Everyone in town seems to own one.
I needed to take my dog to a veterinarian and I found a retired one living in an art gallery. He helped me with Oscar and only charged me $20 cash and explained that everyone there lives on a subsistance basis. He only needs a little cash to survive.
I can see myself spending a winter here.
Still not sold on how special this ghost town is? Wait till you see it at night. I’ll show you that tomorrow.
In the aging Beagle Saga …
Thank you everyone who sent me well wishes for my old dog. I think it worked! I was afraid it was going to be his last day (that seems to happen a lot) but it was not. It turns out all it is is his heart is enlarged even more so that it is kind of tickling his trachea causing him to cough. There’s no heart failure or tumor or lung disease or anything like that. He just sounds like an old man coughing. Hopefully the change in medication will help him with the tickle in his throat, but that’s all it is. Phew. I really want that old guy to make it through this trip.