Welcome to my earth bag home located 25 minutes outside of the entrance to Big Bend National Park. The house sits on 70 acres with 360 degree views of mountains, mesas, pinnacles, spires, and buttes. A truly unique way to experience the area.
• Check-in time is 2PM.
• No smoking
I have a very intimate relationship with my land and everything surrounding it. I built every bit of this house with my own hands and only want to share it with those who have a keen respect for hard work and the preservation of nature. Please be gentle with my home and the surrounding flora and fauna. No hunting is permitted on my property. Also, no shooting of guns will be accepted on my property. This is a self check in and check out rental. You will be required to bring your own linens, blankets/sleeping bags, towels, fire wood, and drinking water. There is no flush toilet. This is a compost toilet that you spread peat moss over your business. You will be required to empty and replace compost bucket in designated area when you check out. I will provide peat moss and toilet paper. It really isn't that bad of a process. Also, I do have an air conditioner but it can only be put on between the hours of 11am-5pm at peak sunlight and only if it is not a cloudy day. Please only use 2-3 hours at a time. You can NEVER use AC at night!! It is warm here in the desert between June and September so be prepared! If you are arriving late at night you will not be able to use the AC. My home runs entirely on solar energy so please do not use household appliances (hair dryers, curling irons, blenders, clothing irons, etc.). I catch all of my water from rain storms in cisterns so your showers and dishwashing will need to be gone about very methodically to conserve water. PLEASE respect these wishes! I will provide biodegradable soaps and request you to only use soaps of this nature. All of my water runs into an area that will eventually feed my garden. Please don't poison my soil with non-biodegradable soaps. This is a dry desert and water is very precious so please be mindful of your consumption. When you check out I require you to leave the house how it was left for you so other guests can enjoy a neat environment. This may require wiping down counters, cleaning out the fridge, sweeping floors, emptying the compost toilet, and taking all of your trash and recycling with you at time of check out. If any of these things do not appeal to you, I insist you go to a hotel/motel. Please respect my off grid home and be open to a more sustainable alternative to traditional lodging.
GUEST Things to Bring CHECK LIST:
-Linens (sheets, blankets, sleeping bags)
-Towels, washcloths, dish rags
-Paper towels (toilet paper is provided)
-Drinking water (my rain water is good for dishes and SHORT showers)
-First aid kit
-Binoculars and telescopes (birding and star gazing)
-Flashlights and head lamps ( it is very dark here!)
-DVD's for poor weather days ( I have a small DVD player you can use)
-Sun lotion and sun glasses
-Coffee (for my French press coffee maker)
-Spices and cooking oils (I have a few things but don't rely on my stock being full. I also have about anything else you could need as far as pots, pans, and kitchen wear is concerned.
-Wood for my wood stove and fire pit
-Coal for my outdoor smoker
-Propane (small green tanks for out door grill; I provide propane for the indoor two burner stove and small oven)
-Warm and cool clothing (temperature changes drastically)
-Cooler (if you need to store more food and beverages than my small refrigerator can handle)
-Hiking shoes/mountain bikes (for the trails on my 75 acres of property and surrounding parks)
I think that about covers it. Thank you and enjoy!