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Old 04-20-2008, 07:11 PM   #1
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Left cool Ft Davis this morning, it was 55. I had a nice scenic drive to Terilingua which is close to Big Bend NP. Diesel in Ft Davis was 4.38 and in Terilingua it's 4.60. It's also 97 in the shade, but it's a dry heat - it's still hot.

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Some things to check out

Check out the Starlight theater/restaurant: - excellent steak dinner:

Terlingua Starlight Theatre - Home

Also check out the Terlingua cemetery and the Terlingua trading company while you are there.

Lajitias (resort) had re-opened their RV sites after new ownership. It is sparce now, but will be rebuilt to be primo to refelct the rest of the resort.

Make sure you take the drive between Lajitas and Presidio on 170. Best to see it in the sunrise or sunset.

Diesel was at 4.36 when I was there a few weeks ago...
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Check out the Starlight theater/restaurant: - excellent steak dinner:

Terlingua Starlight Theatre - Home

Also check out the Terlingua cemetery and the Terlingua trading company while you are there.

Lajitias (resort) had re-opened their RV sites after new ownership. It is sparce now, but will be rebuilt to be primo to refelct the rest of the resort.

Make sure you take the drive between Lajitas and Presidio on 170. Best to see it in the sunrise or sunset.

Diesel was at 4.36 when I was there a few weeks ago...
We ate at the Starlight last night, and we all enjoyed our meals. We walked up to the old mines, and did the cemetary on our way back to the park.

Today it's Santa Elena Canyon, and Chisos Basin. Several of the people I'm traveling with have knee problems so that a long walk is out of the question. This will be about it for Big Bend. Tomorrow we take the river road to Presidio.

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Been there, done that - jealous!
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does anyone know if that bar on the cover of Jerry Jeff Walker's Terlingua album is actually in Terlingua and still exists? one of my favorite records..."M is fer the mudflaps I put on mah pickup truck...O is fer the awerl I put on mah hair...T is fer T-Bird, H is fer Haggard...E is fer eggs...and R is fer.......REDNECK!" oh, if only I could write a lyric like that...sigh....
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I was there about a month ago.

If you decide to eat in Presidio, I highly recommend the Green Chicken Enchiladas at La Escondida. It's on the west side of town and is out of the way down a dirt road. Basically, pretend that you are going to drive to Ruidosa, but right outside of town take a left on Utopia Road, I believe. Go down the dirt road a ways and then take a left. Go down a bit further and it's on the right.

I also highly recommend driving the Davis Mountain loop. This was one of the highlights of our trip.

As far as other good places to eat -- Ghost Town Cafe was a pretty good breakfast, and we had a good meal at the Chili Pepper Cafe, too. These are both in Terlingua/Study Butte.
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We ate at the Starlight last night, and we all enjoyed our meals. We walked up to the old mines, and did the cemetary on our way back to the park.

Today it's Santa Elena Canyon, and Chisos Basin. Several of the people I'm traveling with have knee problems so that a long walk is out of the question. This will be about it for Big Bend. Tomorrow we take the river road to Presidio.

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Last time I went to Santa Elena Canyon, it was almost completely dried up. Hope that isn't still the case. Back in the day, we paid a guy a couple bucks to row us across to Santa Elena itself, and we walked through the town (you could stand and one end and see the other). Stopped in one place and dined on bean chalupas and "rodeo cold" Carta Blancas. Good times...
Chisos Basin is nice, even in the middle of summer. The campground over near Boquillas is another story, though - hot and humid. If you can, try and check out Ernst Tinaja - it's very interesting, and only a short hike.

What's the fuel price at Panther Junction these days? I remember buying fuel at Study Butte, all the while gasping and coughing at the price. These days, that price would have been a bargain.
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does anyone know if that bar on the cover of Jerry Jeff Walker's Terlingua album is actually in Terlingua and still exists? one of my favorite records..."M is fer the mudflaps I put on mah pickup truck...O is fer the awerl I put on mah hair...T is fer T-Bird, H is fer Haggard...E is fer eggs...and R is fer.......REDNECK!" oh, if only I could write a lyric like that...sigh....
Do you have a picture?

I'm guessing the picture was taken in Luckenbach.
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Last time I went to Santa Elena Canyon, it was almost completely dried up. Hope that isn't still the case. Back in the day, we paid a guy a couple bucks to row us across to Santa Elena itself, and we walked through the town (you could stand and one end and see the other). Stopped in one place and dined on bean chalupas and "rodeo cold" Carta Blancas. Good times...
Chisos Basin is nice, even in the middle of summer. The campground over near Boquillas is another story, though - hot and humid. If you can, try and check out Ernst Tinaja - it's very interesting, and only a short hike.

What's the fuel price at Panther Junction these days? I remember buying fuel at Study Butte, all the while gasping and coughing at the price. These days, that price would have been a bargain.
I canoed up the Santa Elena canyon 3-4 weeks ago.
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Do you have a picture?

I'm guessing the picture was taken in Luckenbach.
Yup, the album was recorded live in Luckenbach in 1973.

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Last time I went to Santa Elena Canyon, it was almost completely dried up. Hope that isn't still the case. Back in the day, we paid a guy a couple bucks to row us across to Santa Elena itself, and we walked through the town (you could stand and one end and see the other). Stopped in one place and dined on bean chalupas and "rodeo cold" Carta Blancas. Good times...
Here is our picture of the row boat operator in March 2001. We paid $1 each. It was a very easy, hassle free way to visit Mexico. No lines, no searches, no chicklets.
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I canoed up the Santa Elena canyon 3-4 weeks ago.
Ah, that's good. Hopefully it'll be that way for a while - though I'd imagine it'll probably drop a bit as we get into the heat of the summer.

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Here is our picture of the row boat operator in March 2001. We paid $1 each. It was a very easy, hassle free way to visit Mexico. No lines, no searches, no chicklets.
http://avion_texas-01/backdoor_entrance_to_mexico.jpg

I guess it was... 1991 when we made our trip over, so it has been a few years... Considering how much little villages like Santa Elena depend on the few dollars they can get from folks like us who have made the trip, you know that the current state of things has got to be hurting them a little.
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http://avion_texas-01/backdoor_entrance_to_mexico.jpg
Don't try that today... In this post 9-11 / Increased border security world, if Homeland security catches you coming back, regardless if you are a US citizen, you will get a HUGE fine (and include jail time), as this method of border crossing is no longer "tolerated" anymore....

So, be careful if you do it...
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