Lajitas' Mayor is a Goat!

Trip Start Sep 20, 2007
Trip End May 16, 2008

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Lajitas Resort

Flag of United States  , Texas
Monday, February 25, 2008

Plan: Get up at 5h45. Leave at 6h30. Arrive at Santa Elena Canyon to take sunrise pictures at 7h00.
Actual: Wake up at 3h00. Fall back asleep at 4h00. Wake up at 5h00. Look at alarm clock at 5h45. Say screw this, turn over and go back to sleep. 5h46 get up and do what was planned.
Plan: Get up at 5h15. Leave at 6h00. Arrive at Mile 15 on road to Rio Grande Village to take sunrise pictures of the Rio Grande Valley.
Actual: Wake up at 4h30. Lie in bed until 5h00. Say screw this, turn over, and fell back asleep. Woke up at 6h30...too late to take sunrise pictures where planned.
New Plans: Write yesterdays blog. Go visit Terlingua Ghost Town. Come back to the trailer and veg out.
Actual: Wrote the blog...well...I think a blog is suppose to be short. What I wrote is more of a novel. Hey ! At least you have a lot of nice pictures to look at.
That done, I drove the 5 miles to the Terlingua Ghost Town. An abandoned Mercury Mine in the '40s lead to the disappearance of the majority of residents in this area until the mid '70 when a new generation of entrepreneurs, river guides, urban refugees, and hardy retirees began to re-populate this abandoned outpost. The majority of the buildings around the mine are now gone, but there still remains, the remains of various other buildings. The pictures tell the story of what I saw.
After walking around the remains for a while and the old town cemetery, I stopped in at the Trading Post for something to drink. I'm sitting outside on a bench, in the shade, enjoying the nice, HOT, weather, when this bright yellow Ford F150 4X4 drives up. Out steps this young woman. I say, "Nice Yellow Truck...I used to own a yellow Ranger and a yellow Focus". She walks over and we start chatting. Actually she did most of the talking...she wouldn't let me get a word in edgewise. She's an EMT that works this district 4 days a week. Lives in Fort Davis, about 2 hours north. Lots to see in Fort Davis, if I'm interested. I should also continue driving up highway 170 to Lajitas. There's a new resort that was built there and the Mayor of the town is a goat. Interesting place to visit.
She continues talking about this area. Lots of musicians and artists come here. It's very cheap to live here. She also has a place a few miles out of town here. She has a phone there and pays for electricity. Place is paid for. They had 57 emergency calls last year. About half required the patient to be taken out to the hospital about a hundred miles away.
I started getting the impression she was trying to tell me everything I needed to know about her as quickly as possible. New guy in town! Fresh meat.
She was putting posters up for something and walked over to the bar next door and then drove off to the next building in town. Wow! Wonder if that's what it feels like when a tornado crosses your path.
Finished my drink and then walked over to my truck that was across the parking lot. The guy who was driving the van in one of the pictures I posted was walking by. I asked him if he painted the van. He said partially. He dabbles in paint but is mostly a musician. He's planning on spending a few days in town and then moving on. A gypsy playing his music. The plates on the van say New York. Maybe he's heading to California. If I see him, I'll definitely remember him...the van, that is.
I drive to Lajitas. I didn't see the Mayor, but I did find the Ultimate Hide-Out.   The Lajitas Resort and Spa is situated on a 25,000 acre private estate. The front of the hotel and the rooms on the opposite side are constructed to look like an old western main street. There's an 18 hole championship golf course, 26 miles of hiking and biking trails, horseback riding, and you can even rent equipment to go rafting.
I ate lunch at the Thirsty Goat Saloon, thinking they might be talking about the town's mayor. Lunch was great. The waitress was extremely nice. We also chatted awhile. Nice resort if you're ever in the neighbourhood.
Drove back to the trailer and did some research on Fort Davis. I had thought of stopping there but had decided I wasn't going to. I guess now I will. Back on the road in the morning. Cooler temperatures also as I head north towards the continental divide. The hot weather was nice while it lasted. I didn't see a cloud in the sky for 2 days with the exception of those at sunrise yesterday morning to make my pictures turn out even better. Life is good, though I must remember that when I'm taking pictures around cacti to be a little more aware of my surroundings. After 2 days of walking around this arid region full of cacti, I'm all scratched up from trying to get the best shot. I almost sat on a cactus this morning. Ouch!

I didn't get any sunrise pictures, but I think my day turned out even better. I would have been too tired to do these other things if I would have driven to the other end of the Park at 6 am.

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