Where we stayed: BJ's RV Park
We plopped down in the dirt rv park for a few days. They had a trailer set up as a game room and had two cozy bathrooms. Nothing fancy, but it had plenty of nice hot water and a room you could steam up really good. This was the most expensive I've paid for laundry too ($2.50 a load to wash and $2.50 to dry). Water is pretty scarce in these parts since they've been having a drought too. A lot of locals are pretty smart and store up rainwater to use throughout the year.
Right down the street is the Terlingua Ghost Town. I wish we had spent a little more time exploring this bit, but we did have dinner at the old Starlight Theater. This was a fun find. The restaurant was in a former theater and had lots of history and character, with art for sale up on the walls and good food to boot. I had a club sandwich... with bacon of course and a fried egg in it. A great addition!
While doing laundry at the state park in New Orleans, I met a guy from Sacramento who had lived in Terlingua years ago and worked running river trips down the Rio Grande. He told me about this grumpy old goat named Clay Henry who loved to just sit around and guzzle beer all day. Here's the goat!
Since we didn't have much time, we went for a quick hike and geocache in nearby Big Bend Ranch State Park. Definitely the little brother to Big Bend National Park, I would stick to the national park unless you have lots of time to explore the area. We did have a very quiet hike (saw no one else) and found lots of colorful rocks. At one point we stopped on the trail and just listened... it was almost like being in a vacuum it was so quiet. Finally a bird broke the silence.
Matt loved smelling the creosote. It was one of those plants that the native americans used for all kinds of things. They sold a balm at one of the shops in town that claimed it would fix a bunch of skin ailments. I put a sample on my cracked thumb (and wouldn't you know it... it was better the next day). I didn't end up buying it because it was so darn stinky. I'll have to keep my eye out for a lighter scented version.
I've got so many photos of Emmett since we seem to be the caboose of our hiking train.
I'll be sharing our travel plans, some reviews, cooking ideas (because I know you are all jealous of my easy-bake oven), and ... oh who am I kidding?! I'll be lucky to get our photos posted!