Monday, April 30, 2012

At Last

Finally some beauty in this desert. Unfortunately these are only down hill from here and nothing like this up here where the cabin is. That is except for the strawberry cactus which is blooming, but the fruit looks like it will be too small to eat. Looks like its about time for more yucca flower stir fry. I plan to try pickling some of the Yucca fruit this year. I'm hoping that will offset the mild bitter taste.

Currently its sprinkling off and on, but probably no measurable amount. The roof on the cabin is doing well even though it isn't sealed yet.

27 comments:

  1. Nice pictures, glad you are getting some beauty out there. There is always beauty anywhere and any time if you look hard enough.

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  2. True about beauty DD, but after nothing blooming or fruiting last year its nice to see it. (even if it isn't up here)

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  3. Tffnguy

    Its me captain crunch again.


    Nice pics. I do miss the open deep desert. Life may be hard where you live. There is no perfect place, its always one thing or another.
    I got a great house I had built in 2005 and wannabe Mexican gang members that deal drugs living right behind my house in a Mexican blue shack that masquerades as a house.
    You have no running water and air conditioning is hard to come by. I have refrigerated A/C and when it kicks on it helps to muffle the "Boom, Boom Boom" car stereo's I hear all hours of the night seven nights a week.
    You have to drive 80 miles to get to a grocery store, I drive four miles.
    You have clear open skies at night when you can see the stars, I see hazy Gulf Coast heavy, thick humid air blocking the stars.

    Despite the hardships Tffnguy, count your blessings.

    For now I am stuck where Im at. I may not be able to move to Terlingua because I make frequent visits to VA clinics and the VA hospital in San Antonio. In time I may move to a rural retreat west of San Antonio (Im not going to drop dead anytime soon, just got banged up a bit on active duty years ago)

    On my dirtbag neighbors, Im not to worried. I got a fancy monitored alarm system, reinforced door locks, ballistic glass storm doors, hurricane shutters over windows and a few other "legal" but hidden defenses. (the military tought me a few tricks)
    I also carry a Kimber 1911 and I have noisy good neighbors that watch out for each other.

    Oh' yeah I tried to call the police on the dirtbags behind me, but they are not interested. Not enough money to be made from these smalltime dirtbags. The police want fines, restitution money, federal money for overtime for the investigation and to pay the swat team for the no-knock search. (I was not told this, but I got the gist of whats going on after a few years)

    Makes me disgusted to be a property owner and taxpayer.

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  4. Thank you for posting the beautiful pictures. My stress level dropped quite a bit just enjoying this bit of natural beauty :)

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  5. Stunning pics - thanks for sharing :) Glad your roof is holding out too.

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  6. CC, sorry you have to put up with the scum there. I guess that is one of the things I do like about living here. None of that type stuff so far. Of course this place is changing and it could change for the worse. I understand there has been a lot of theft going on down here and that could be drug related.

    Abby, glad you like the pictures, but it would be nice if you could manage to make Terlingua your home. Or at least part time home.

    Dani, There was real high wind yesterday and I discovered another major problem with the roof. Turns out that the front pearling only got screwed down on both ends and not in the middle. The wind was lifting the center part up about 2 inches in gusts and could have ripped the roof off. I couldn't do much about it now so braved the same ladder that broke my arm and managed to secure it to the building temporarily with three ratchet straps. Hopefully that will hold it until I can come up with a permanent fix.

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  7. In the paper today, it was telling about the Big Bend loss from the drought and the 5 day freeze. Last year. Amazing there's still anything.

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  8. TnT, you're right. A lot of the native plants didn't make it. Some are hanging on, but not blooming because of lack of rain.

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  9. tffnguy:
    I've watched the desert all my life, and I've never seen the plants die like they have in the last year, sotol, yucca, lechugua, nothing has been spared.

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  10. By the way, we did get 6/10th's of rain in Sanderson area last evening.

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  11. Those pics make me want to take sick leave from work for a month and head to the cabin.!!

    B'ft.

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  12. SUERTE, yeah its a shame. I didn't even bother to check the rain gauge here.

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  13. BF, I hear there's a bug going around. ;)

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  14. Beautiful pictures Tffn...makes me long for the day when I can finally call Terlingua home...

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  15. Captain Crunch - I am so sorry you are having to go through what my neighbors and I had to deal with for the past decade.

    It is true...the cops do not care about small time dealers...not enough money or drugs generated to warrant their time...you are basically on your own.

    Glad your home is well protected though. Hopefully these scumbags will get busted soon or maybe a rival gang will put an end to their reign, with a bullet right between their eyes!!

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  16. MsB, I hope you can sooner than later.

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  17. Looks like Mother Nature is putting on some of Her dress clothes!

    Very nice pictures, my friend! Sorry to hear about the arm!

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  18. I don't think I ever had pickled Yucca fruit and we pickle everything. I might be up for a trade??

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  19. HJ, just 15 more days until I take the cast off, but I took it off long enough for a shower this morning and it wasn't feeling too good without the cast.

    MDR, I was planning to try pickling them last year, but they never bloomed or put on the fruit. IF I remember in time this year I'll try it. I figure the vinegar might offset the bitter some? I'm also thinking about dehydrating some pedals, grinding them and putting them in a shaker bottle.

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  21. Good luck with all. Thanks for posting the nice pics. Are you moved into the cabin yet?

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  22. Allen, it will be a LONG time before I can move in. Between the bad arm putting progress to zero $ is tight as hell to.

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  23. Isn't the desert beautiful right now? Keep that cast on!

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  24. Denese, Its still pretty bad up here, but some of the lower areas are looking up. 12 more days and I can loose the cast.

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