So you got a 4WD and your wife wants to know why... So you can take her to Pinks Gem, my offgrid, 30 acre, very private country home. The drive here is one of the most beautiful in the region. There are miles of dirt roads to explore here, on foot or wheels. You will see no neighbors or lights; hear nothing. Time to recharge, reset your mind. Come here to unwind and explore as you're 8 miles (30 minutes) to Terlingua, your gateway to Big Bend National Park, our State Park, and the Ghostown.
- My twin sister moved to Terlingua for 5 winters to help me build my dream house. We lived in the little trailer house that is included in the rental as the guest house. It is important to me that this house be treated with love and respect. Pinks Gem is solar powered with a back up generator system. All appliances that draw heavy loads such as air conditioners, curling irons, blow dryers, etc. must be used with the generator as they will draw down the solar in a matter of minutes. The refrigerator, LED lights, cell phone booster, and TV run just fine on solar given it has been sunny outside. The first tank of gas for the generator is provided, beyond that due to excessive use, is up to you to supply more petrol. An empty gas can is available. I run propane for the heater, hot water heaters, and cook stoves. All water supplied here is from a rain water catchment system. It is critical to be conservative with your water usage. Biodegradable soaps, shampoos, conditioners, and body washes are preferred. The grey water system actually waters my garden. There is indoor facilities and an outhouse that utilizes a compost bucket system that must be emptied prior to your departure. Pinks Gem is designed for you to be self sufficent, and when it is time for you to head home, I ask you to clean up after yourself (wipe down the counters, put up clean dishes, sweep, etc.), and carry out all of your trash and recyclables. So your packing list should include, towels, sheets and pillowcases (1 full bed and 2 twin beds), tents (if anyone in your party wants to camp out under the stars), flashlights, firewood (if you want a campfire), drinking water, food, and anything else that makes you happy. If you bring pets, please bring 2 extra sheets to put over the couches. (You are responsible for any damages your pets make.) Terlingua Ranch roads are private, not county maintained, so we all ask you to stay on the roads, not scarring up the desert, and to put them in 4WD so as not to spin up hills creating washboards. That way others on ATVs, motorcycles, jeeps, trucks, etc. can have a bit smoother ride. Finally if you wish to do a little target practice, that is OK with me, but you are solely 100% responsible for your actions. That means following all safety procedures and cleaning up all target debirs and shell casings. The last rule is to come, relax, unwind, and have some fun. Reset and recharge your soul and mind. I can provide linens and towels as well as clean up after you leave, if you like for a small $100 fee. Contact me for details and arrangements to make sure I am available and not away on my job . If anything needs attention or if you have just got a few general questions, don't hesitate to call or email me anytime. I'd be glad to have you all.
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I travel between Tennessee and Texas as a whitewater raft guide. My sister and I decided to build our own rock house in the Chihuahuan Desert, taking 5 years to complete. It is all off the grid, and I think it is a great adventure and experience to be a part of. As luck would have it, I met my now husband who is building his own house with my lovely assistance, and therefore I have decided to rent my house for a lil extra income. My house, Pinks Gem, has no neighbors, bypassing traffic, visible lights at night, or noise, except what you make. It is a slice of solitude where you can do your own thing, whatever that is. For me I love to travel, to experience the fabric of different cultures, and to find those intimate spots that are all my own, even if just for a few brief moments. I guide in the national park and state park here and really hope that people take the time to come and stay for a while so they can knock off a few of my top pics list as well as take the time to explore what I call the edge of the world....