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Old 12-21-2008, 10:11 PM   #11
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It is amazing to see the changes that have come to Terlingua (and LaJitas). Terlingua used to literally be a ghost town. That whole area had been a thiving community until late in the first half of the 20th century, but then the populations started disappearing.

Even back in the 1980s Terlingua had only a couple of part-time businesses (one being an office for Far Flung Adventures) and no real residents. There were folks from Far Flung that would spend part of the year residing in some of the tiny out buildings dotting the area, but none of them could be considered homes; there was no electricity or water or facilities.

Now look at the place ! Quite the revitlization.

I remember a trip quite some time back when we were out there for a few days and one evening, returning to La Kiva from some kayaking around Teepees, we suddenly realized that we were running with more trafic than we had ever seen out there. Once we passed Lajitas the traffic running with us was gone and were were going against traffic. We quickly cleand up and ate dinner because we had to find out waht was going on.

It turned out that the Lajitas trading post had a band from Austin playing a free concert that night. It was a mad house. ...and the vehicles in the parking lot were all kinds of crazy.

A good time was had by all.

The next day we talked to some staff at La Kiva, folks that had been working and living in the area for years. They told us that there are a bunch of folks living out in the desert that just never get seen by anyone, but that event brought them all in. They said they had never seen a gathering of locals like that; some folks had not been seen in years.

It was amazing, but back to normal the next day. The same band played dow the road for a charge the next night, but the crowd was nothing close to the same.

...and La Kiva itself... well, there are a lot of stories there.

I wonder if the laundry and bath house is still standing? or if it has really been rebuilt....?

We will have to head down that way in the Spring.
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Old 12-21-2008, 10:35 PM   #12
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Isn't Terlingua's claim to fame an annual chili festival?


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Old 12-22-2008, 06:15 AM   #13
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You're correct about that Herb...It's held every November. Seems like every place I walked into there had a wall devoted to the past and present winners.
I'm not sure about the laundry and bath house at La Kiva Greg. One thing is for sure...The Infamous Urinal is still there. Maybe you've heard the phrase "Don't have a pot to pee in" well, here you've actually got a pot to pee in! For anyone interested in men's urinals if you go to La Kiva.net and scroll down to the Infamous Urinal Link you'll see what it's all about.
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A few more photos from the trip...

Every morning and evening in Big Bend I was treated to views like these...





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Those sunsets make me miss living in the desert. Sunsets and thunderstoms were some of the best things about living in AZ.


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Great photos, good to get me inspired for my Christmas trip!
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Well glad I could help jage...Have a great trip!
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And here are just a few of the critters I ran across in both the national and state park...









and last but not least...Let's not forget Ranger BOB...Out to make his rounds? or out to save a damsel in distress? you decide.
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