So here you have it, Five Reasons to Stay in Terlingua:
1. Rent is cheap. While I adore my Venice Beach house I'm paying six times more for it than for the $250/month stone cottage I just moved into in Texas. Besides, I love the rustic style and the open air living. Bonus points: My new house has an outdoor shower.
2. The Yoga Studio is the coolest ever. I took an excellent yoga class last Friday for $5; it was held in a 100-year-old church with no windows and rough wooden plank floors. As I kneeled for my cat pose I smiled at the Our Lady of Guadalupe icons staring down from the altar. Terlingua churches know no religion; all are welcome to worship as they please. Even people who like to lie on rubber mats and twist their bodies into pretzel shapes. Bonus points: Dogs are allowed inside.3. Adventures abound. Whether it's a day trip to Mexico, a hike in the Chisos Mountains, or a rafting trip down the Rio Grande (pictured: Betty Moore and her friend Frank from Austin on our Sunday outing), there is no shortage of outdoor adventure. Bonus points: Every place is easily accessible, there are no crowds, and there are definitely no traffic jams here.
4. Naps are an accepted part of life. The ambitious, over-caffeinated, type-A pace of LA doesn't allow for naptime. But here, in the afternoons when temperatures top the thermometer at over 100 degrees, a siesta is the only activity imaginable. Bonus points: A nap is even better in a hammock.5. Terlingua needs pie! Mimi (my Venice neighbor who lured me to Texas in the first place -- she is owner of the rustic-chic La Posada Milagro guest house here) is currently on a shopping excursion in Northern Texas. She was last seen at a Wal-Mart hunting for Pyrex pie plates and Crisco to ensure that I will have adequate baking supplies. Once she starts selling my pies at her espresso bar -- we're already envisioning people driving from miles around for a slice -- she may never let me go. And I may never want to leave.