The other day something I read (don’t ask me what) made me think of Terlingua, Texas. Generally, thoughts bounce around in my head like tennis balls and now and then I manage to catch one. When I started thinking about Terlingua, eventually I simply had to go back to the photos I took when Greg and I were down there in January. We didn’t spend a lot of time there. In truth, we just passed through. But the time we spent there made me curious about it.
Terlingua was once a thriving mining town with a population of around 2,000. These days the population is more like 60 and it has the real feel of a ghost town. But, in spite of that, it is now the home of the original chili cook-off and every year around 10,000 people stop by for that. This year it is scheduled for October 30 through November 1. I wish I could be there, but where visitors to this grand tradition will stay is somewhat of a mystery to me. And I’m not one who would be comfortable sleeping in a car…or even a tent. Even so, I imagine it will be a fun and tasty time.
Here are a few photos of Terlingua and environs. Now, maybe I can get another thought in edgewise and get on with my life.
These photos were taken in the Terlingua Cemetery, which is listed on the National Registry for Historic Sites and is still in use today.
On further inspection, it looks like there are places to stay around there. I think it would be best to get the reservations in early, especially if you want to stay in a nice, “quite” campground with free water and a tent with a shower.
You know, I can't help it. I absolutely love places like Terlingua!