View towards Terlingua with the Chiso Mountains of Big Bend National Park in the background
The store in Terlingua is cheaper but still charges about $4 for a gallon of milk, other things are not too bad, it kind of depends on what you're looking for.
Our nearest Walmart is 3 hours away so we'll probably not end up there too often while we're here.
The road to Terlingua winds and dips through the desert. It's a very nice and very quiet road, if you see 2 cars during you're drive up there it's really busy that day!
Terlingua 'proper' is a very, very, very small town.
But it has a Post Office and a little bank. So cute:
And a 'Plaza'!
It houses a Quilt shop, a souvenir shop and a typical small town hardware store that sells anything from chicken feed to 2x4's or crock pots, firewood and even that kitchen sink!
The grocery store is actually in Study Butte which is really not much more than a crossroads in the middle of nowwhere just a half a mile down the road from Terlingua.
There's a small campground there but the little restaurant is closed and even the liquor store is out of bussiness these days. That @#%$^&! economy.
Due to it's proximity to Big Bend National park, today Terlingua is mostly a tourist destination for park visitors.
But once it was the epicenter for mining due to the discovery of Cinnebar, from which the metal Mercury (quicksilver) is extracted which in the mid-1880s brought lots of miners to the area, creating a city of 2,000 people.
The only remnants of the mining days are a ghost town of the Howard Perry-owned Chisos mining Company and several nearby capped and abandoned mines.
For some reson it has become quite an ecclectic artist colony, a sort of hippy community. As they say of themselves: 'The town where misfits fit in, since we're all misfits in some other way'.
Countless authors, artists, poets and musicians apparently have made their home in and among the ruins, some have made them sort of livable again and others are living in an old camper or shed right next to one. Only a few have electricity and there's this very, very, very relaxed, laid back way of life.
This little cafe has a great outdoor patio (actually, there's nothing of an 'inside' area, except for the counter where you order and the kitchen) and has delicious breakfasts, sandwiches and very good coffee.
The Starlight Theater was once a movie theater and now is a very popular restaurant and bar that has 'live' music almost every night, although that might be, 'just', some of the locals jamming away!
The cemetry is a beautiful serene place. There are over 400 graves dating back to the early 1900s and through the gravestones you get a peak into the lives of the miners who once inhabited Terlingua.
My guess is there are more folksresiding in the cemetry than in the town proper.
As for our own residence, we've added a screen room to it. Not so much for the mosquitoes of which we have blessedly few, but for the flies! Something about desserts attracts them I guess, or maybe it's because we're the only thing here, therefore we attract them!
We love it! It's a really cozy place to sit and I like to think it makes Merlin a little safer when he's out there too!
He loves to sleep the day away in the lawn chairs we've set up inside and he just slips in through a small gap we leave at the bottom of the zipper.
Here's a view from the RV Park, as we hiked the short trail that winds up and around the park, one late afternoon.
That's us, in the front, just right of the middle. See the
It's so beautiful here ...
Oh, and I baked this:
Coffee crumble cake with lots of cinnamon
Gone already! :-)