Go to Terlingua, they said; it’s a ghost town, they said.
During our trip to South Western Texas I made a point to do something that was so Texas. I’ve somehow never been horseback riding in my life, and the desert of Texas felt like the right place for my first experience. We booked a sunset ride at the Big Bend Stables and asked around for advice on what to do near the area before hand. A friend had told us about Terlingua, and plenty of locals suggested it as well calling the “ghost town” a must see.
Personally, I found the place to be in a sort of confused limbo of Nationality and overall vibe. After reading a brief history of the town we found that it has flip-flopped between a Mexican and American territory almost too many times to count; really cool. It has also flitted between being a ghost of a town to being a happening place of prosperity. At present it survives on tourism, allowing guests to spend a few nights in a “renovated” brick home and filling their cars with souvenirs from the lone gift shop.
None the less, it was a cool experience with views you couldn’t beat. Can you believe some of those mountain in the distance are actually Mexico!?
After a few hours in the blistering sun we made our way down the road for our sunset ride with Big Bend Stables. Z’s horse was named “Whiskey” (of course) and mine was named “BonBon” and boy, did he love to eat! Despite him stopping for a trail side snack every few moments it was a great first horseback riding experience. And seeing the Texan sun set from the top of a mesa with my love was just the most romantic!
What do you think of the deep south of Texas? Have you ever been to Big Bend National Park?