Saturday, February 21, 2009
Smog...SW Texas Style
We had another wind event today....not nearly as bad "gust for gust" as the last one...but just as much dust. Could barely make out Agua Fria mountain through the dusty haze. Kind of killed the morning but at least it gave me an excuse for the short ride to the Grub Shack for breakfast. According to my instruments, the max wind speed today was 26.4mph and the average from 9AM to 6PM was 13.3mph. Chilly too....a high of only 64 today.
Took a ride down to Study Butte to visit my friend Carolyn at H2OtoGo. She is going into the gardening business as well and I wanted to check out the goods....lots of potting soil, seeds, and red worms. She may become the worm queen of Terlingua if it catches on. The little wigglers are prolific producers of progeny and while gorging themselves on kitchen scraps - return the favor with many times their weight in excellent compost. The wind calmed just a bit in the afternoon so I got out to start clearing around my shipping containers - prepping for the delivery of my second two containers. Seems they are magnets for stuff to accumulate around - sort of like any horizontal surface inside my hut. Trying hard to shuffle my stuff around while avoiding looking like the typical Terlingua house/junkyard. While doing the clearing, also worked into the schedule a visit from Ronald and then 7 longhorns. Had clear skies from 2 to 5 so I threw my second game hen in the solar oven. Winds have calmed tonight and looking forward to an even calmer tomorrow.
Just realized that it was exactly 2 years ago today that I made my first trip down to this area. That first drive down HWY 118, all I could think was "who the hell would want to live out here?"
What a difference 2 years makes.