Hanging out as a tour guide! TX [Chicken and Garbanzo Beans Salad]

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

“Nature is a living example of how communities live in harmony. If you go into the forest or mountain and sit still and watch, ask yourself, what lessons are being taught? Then watch how the animals conduct themselves. The trees could represent diversity. The flowers could represent people. Notice how everything in nature assists one another. See how balance works. See how conflict is handled. Can you see acts of forgiveness? Can you spot respect? Nature is full of wisdom if we will only consider her to be our teacher.” [quote]

The Oasis dup  

As usual, what was thought a quick trip to Terlingua would end up being a whole day affair, pure entertainment of the mind and more. Of course with temperatures reaching 100, (134 was clocked here this summer and 103 at this very moment), it’s feel was as being in one of those Western Movies, the spaghetti kind, where the hot wind blows, the sun is as bright as the flash Grand Pa used and shade could bring in much rental dollars per hour if ever found. Dust of course, a rolling tumbleweed here and there, all the storefronts closed for siesta including the local Bank, all of this minus that whistling and guitar music. We felt a bit “I don’t know what” when I realized we had been the only vehicle moving on through town. We had to, errands. One needs to have a certain attitude and love for the space provided if you want to live here. Period. I lift my hat to “La Pettite” for jumping right into the motions, shedding the city scales and embracing the moments with such fervor, moments I myself have become accustom to, however knowing we are far off somewhere from the word “common”.

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We did find some shade in town and took advantage of it taking photos of the murals at the local Study Butte Store, something I been wanting to do now for the past 3 years!

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We have this year been loaned a 325 gallon water tank! Outmost luxury even if considering that the average American uses 225 gallons a day. We are excited. Water is not too near by however and dedicating one day, half a day more like it, to get some is going to be the norm. The tank should last us about 3 weeks… yes, with showers! The adventure began yesterday morning when driving “White Elephant” to the “Cowboy Mine” with tank in tow, 7 miles away, 4 paved and 3 unpaved, where water (non potable) is sold for this time .8 cents a gallon. $26 to fill the tank! We are just a few weeks late as it was .4 cents. Having had to redo their well at the cost of $25,000, water price now has doubled. “Lucky us” as they say…

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Not as easy as turning the faucet and “voila”, but definitely more fun is our situation than the said “faucet”. First the trailer unhooked when I felt as we were plowing the dirt road instead of smoothly going forward. Next the straps holding the empty tank came apart. Water to the brim, I then realized that the tires where very low in air as “hello, wake up call” I said to myself… knowing it was going to be a slow ride back. Finally one strap also broke but 2500 lbs of water did not go anywhere or could for that matter. The also loaned pump was wired, nothing blew up even after inadvertently letting the positive and negative wires touch for only a split second causing some non needed warmth to my fingers, and the shower finally by the end of the day never felt so good! All in a day’s work…

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We are not going hi tech, definitely not. This is not and will not be a testing field! It will not be a Lab, but only the basic necessities for now a population that as someone wrote recently to us, has increased by 50%… which is a sizable increase! We see much further I believe then most, we see and feel our Mother Nature as she opens the doors with her golden keys to so much one could never be able to physically acquire. Our Lab, our testing field has been created, has been in existence and built and put together millions of years ago. Our own desires are only to learn from her when so many want for Her to learn from them and throw too often the Human sticks in her spinning spokes.

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All is so tentative right now here at The Oasis and surroundings. Firmly timid with the logistics of it all and yet all is flowing as it should be. We do not ever go against the grain. Too abrasive Life would get if so. Helping out a Friend in need as many have helped us has been the focus within me, a gesture that would have not even been remotely possible not so long ago. Tentative also has been how to get around and Spirit himself has contributed so much out of his heart making room in his sidecar. This below was not too long after being in Terlingua, coming across three other riders, probably also lost in time as we were. I had to take a photo of them taking a photo of us!


Being part of Terlingua Ranch gives us access to 1400 miles of unpaved roads. I often forget that the beauty of this area is much outside the Park, as surrounded with mountains of many names and small canyons, every mile gives me the feeling as almost being on another planet. My Friend Ryan has moved not too far from here, 10 miles more or less, Mr Mc Gyver himself who last year graciously fixed my solar system and discovered the area. It was cooling off last night and we took a quick ride to check out his own land, a space unlike here, a bit harder to reach, a bit further off the main road, in all reality a small well hidden Paradise.

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It was then dinner time, being on the very warm side we have not been cooking much and this light fare sat with us just perfectly. Just another variation of grilled chicken and garbanzo beans in a form of a salad.

Grilled Chicken and Garbanzo Beans  

For two…
2    Grilled Breasts of Chicken, cubed
1    Can drained Garbanzo Beans
4    Slices of crisp cooked Bacon chopped
1    Cup crumbled Feta Cheese
1    Can Diced Tomatoes drained
1    Bunch Cilantro chopped
1    Lemon juiced
1    Lime juiced
1/3 Cup Olive Oil
Optional salt/pepper
Mix the Beans, Tomatoes and Cilantro together. Mix Lime~Lemon juice and Olive Oil also together. Add to Bean mixture and arrange on plate. Add Chicken, Feta, Bacon, enjoy…

The Oasis sunset-4  

Till next time…

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Ara & Spirit

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7 Responses to “Hanging out as a tour guide! TX [Chicken and Garbanzo Beans Salad]”

  1. D. Brent Miller Says:

    That looks delicious. I guess I’ll have to try that one too!


  2. Elzi Says:

    I’m torn between deliberately avoiding reading your blog and viewing your photos and a longing that sits deep in my loins. You are Home, and I’m still stuck here in this placeless space. It makes my eyes wet.
    I want to be Home, too. Heat and all.

  3. Louise Says:

    I am jealous of your 100 degree weather, and La Pettite’s ability to ride in just short sleeves! We are at the New York-Quebec border and it is dipping down into the 30s at night. The cats are making themselves as small as possible to stay warm, and giving us the look that says, “Turn on the heater!”

    But the trees are starting to show their autumn finery, and soon we will head south. Glad you have a large water tank so you don’t have to think about refilling as often. We can go 2 full weeks (with showers!) on 135 non-potable gallons, so I’m guessing you will be able to stretch beyond 3 weeks with that 325 gallon monster.

  4. Zelda Says:

    Hi, Ara, Spirit and La Pettite, Welcome home! We also received a warm welcome home from Europe from our family, including our Pit Natasha. I am still assembling a travelogue with the few of the pictures we took (alas, don’t expect our photography to hold a candle to yours, Ara) plus many borrowed from the Internet of churches, maps, landmarks, etc. However, I had to take time out to catch up with your posts from the end of August when we left for Europe and you left Montana for home. I always find something fresh or ironic or majestic in your photos. Your daily accounts I now understand are a continuous love letter to nature, the Earth, and humanity, despite our warts. You’ve already discovered that happiness and joy in life do not lie with the things we acquire, with a bigger house or car. You have been telling us that it lies with friendship and love of a faithful companion like Spirit and with the discovery of another sympathetic human being. So we rejoice with you that you have found a portion of that happiness. I suspect you sometimes don’t believe that it is really happening to you or that you don’t deserve it. But you have done so much to share your day to day adventures and admiration of the majesty of nature as well as the good you are able to find in other human beings. You have shared Lance’s life along with your own, complete with your shared joys and sorrows. Yes, you do deserve to be happy in this life!

  5. chessie Says:

    Thank you Ara and crew, for the warm thoughts sent my way over the loss of my Senior Puppy.
    My MR. came home with a young man yesterday, he said he wasn’t going looking for a dog, but rather
    wanted a dog to find him. This one did find him, and he’s a very nice young man. I’m wondering, could he be the SOUL of my Senior Puppy? This young doggie soul seems too old for him.

  6. Jaime Moreland Says:

    What a lovely quote about nature and community. Thank you.

  7. Andre Shoumatoff Says:

    Hi Ara,
    Very neat – I’ll have to try your recipe. You should look for the best good running $500 truck you can find as you can’t be in Texas without a pickup truck of course 🙂 It could live there on the ranch, just pull the battery and the cap and rotor for the winter until you return. It is very cold up here all of a sudden. Even Southern Utah this weekend was pretty tough, freezing at night in many areas, and darn windy. When we returned here to Park City we came back to 6″ of snow. It is beautiful of course but my fingers are cold even as I write this… Best, Andre (and Carrie)

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