Did we jump by leap and bound from the “Day of the Dead” to the “Day of… the too much alive” maybe? That was yesterday at the Chili Cookoff… Today, truly amazing as I stood outside this afternoon, fast forwarding the time past the massive exodus of RV’s and travel trailers onto the only road out of town, and besides my ears still ringing, a complete silence had taken over. I can see the road to the Park from here, I can see the Ghost Town… nothing and no one. I think if I would have rolled into town today I might have thought everyone had left! But finally some movement, some voices, some riders down the empty path…
The cooking at the Chili Cookoff ended at noon when all 320 cooks turned in their “chilis”. It was the end of a long road for all, they have to accumulate 12 points throughout the year at the many scheduled events to attend this one. This is the World Championship… the big one. Most have their awnings set up, personal decorations, ingredients, customized little propane stoves… The anticipation of the results showed on their faces, their expression, the competition I hear is fierce, and at the same time it is all done for fun and Charity. Most booth had their leftovers mixed with beans by now for the public to walk around and taste, as I did!
It is not a cheap adventure, there are entry fees for each competition, travel, fuel and dues expenses… and yet I keep thinking, as I have never after 40 years of cooking made a “chili”, that it would be something for me to tackle… As I tasted some, I really could not tell much difference amongst them, much salt has been the common denominator, I need to give it some thought… “Beemerchef” at the “Chili Cookoff”, has kind of a nice ring to it? A “Spirited” recipe?
The fun part was the “showmanship” displays, all in the same area. As you can tell from the pictures, much thought has gone into the ideas… much! Enough to leave some speechless… amazed… a Mardi Gras in motion?
… the “Redneck Olympics” show
… the “Mash tent” show complete with wheelchair races
… the “Caveman” show
… the “Medicine man” show
… more tame was Uncle Sam
… the Hawaiian tourist
… a local Terlingua Band
… a toilet seat guitar up for auction (yes?)
… and most everyone in costume was worth a shot!
… including Elvis
So now it is all over, the Ride for trails, the dual sport ride, the “Viva La Historia”, the “Day of the Dead”, the Chili Cookoff… the skies were dark again last night, undisturbed from any lights, displaying the millions of stars shining upon us, quiet and silent, Terlingua has regained composure… it is time for us to explore more vast and desolated spaces, a couple dirt roads I hear worth their efforts.
Till next time, be well…————————————————-
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