I'll be glad to; let me mull it over tonight and I'll give you an essay on this uniquely American celebration tomorrow.
When I said "I wouldn't do it again" it wasn't a knock, as we had a really good time. It's just that Terlingua is from He!l and gone from almost anyplace, and there are no real accomodations except for your RV, and not many for those. Since 1,000-1,200 people show up, you have to expect what RV'rs call "dry camping" which means no water, electric, or sewer hookups for the three or four days of the outing. If your RV is equipped with adequate water tanks and holding tanks, that's not really a problem. In Terlingua in early November, the temperature doesn't usually require A/C, which you can't have without 120V power available. Rules out TV, too, unless you have a battery-powered set. Not really a problem, though, since there's plenty to see and do. Not least the wet T-shirt contests. :eek: Not really a bawdy extravaganza, though: quite well suited for kids, as long as they don't have too much beer. ;) The roads to Terlingua from both east- and west-bound Interstate 10 to Terlingua are just fine.
Our favorite contestant was an 18-foot long barbecue cooker in the form of a really BIG steel armadillo, made from sections of oilfield pipe. The lowered head was the firebox, and the stack was its raised tail. The body, with a side door, was the smoker section. The grease drain, located between the hind legs was... umm... anatomically correct. It was definitely a male armadillo, complete with two polished brass balls, one on either side of the grease drain.
what the heck - this is Texas.
Though it's mainly a chile contest, BBQ professionals are more than welcome, and have a smaller competition of their own.
Terlingua is located at the southern end of the Big Bend National Monument on the southwestern corner of the Lone Star State. It's only a few miles north of the Rio Grande as the river makes its big loop south and then north and east again. It's a sere, rocky landscape with its own striking beauty. It is noted for dramatic thunderstorms and fantastic rainbows.
Looks like I've done the essay already. Shows my enthusiasm for the celebrations. If any have more questions, I'll be happy to respond.