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New here and looking to move to the Terlingua area

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Offline thehabman

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New here and looking to move to the Terlingua area
« on: February 10, 2015, 09:34:07 AM »
Just found this forum, however I have been researching the BB/Terlingua area for a long time now. 

I was in BBNP as a kid back in the early 70s and fell in love with the area. 

After 30+ years in the IT industry, I am now at a point in my life where I am looking to simplify and the Terlingua region looks like a great place to do that. 

I have a host of skills that I am good at from blacksmithing/metal fabrication, custom car building, construction, painting, cooking, electrical and more. 

What are the job prospects like down here?  I'm not looking to get rich, just need be able to keep a roof over my head and my belly full. 

Thanks look forward to talking here. 

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Offline tx1c

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Re: New here and looking to move to the Terlingua area
« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2015, 12:44:00 PM »
This was a blog I watched until it kind of petered out over a year ago.  Now their off-grid place is for sale. 
Not sure if it answers any of your questions, but here it is anyway: http://www.timelessranchtx.com/

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Offline Talusman

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Re: New here and looking to move to the Terlingua area
« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2015, 09:06:03 PM »
Good luck habman! Keep us informed of how it goes. Probably many of us on this here would like to go low key and live closer to the area! Hope you find a nice spot, stay dry and keep your belly full!
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Re: New here and looking to move to the Terlingua area
« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2015, 10:09:15 PM »
Habman,

For a little different but not unrelated approach, look at this: http://www.thefieldlab.org/

Geezer

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Offline Red Hawk

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Re: New here and looking to move to the Terlingua area
« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2015, 08:55:11 AM »
Not many "jobs" as such but there is room for someone with mechanical a/o construction skills i.e.  hvac, electric, metal work, masonry, carpentry, earth moving etc. to do contract work. Seems that ambition and the willingness to follow up and keep a schedule are a little short around here. Not to say that there are no good contractors, it's just that the better ones get snatched up by the big clients like Lajitas and aren't interested in smaller jobs. Terlingua Ranch and the Ghost Town are always growing with new homesteads springing up every year. Often these folks need help with shade structures, excavation, foundation and slab, rock and block. It helps to have a backhoe and a welder. Getting started and with a good reputation going onward might take some time but will surely pay off in the end.
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Re: New here and looking to move to the Terlingua area
« Reply #5 on: February 11, 2015, 09:23:07 AM »
For a little different but not unrelated approach, look at this: http://www.thefieldlab.org/

Now that's living!

Think I saw him on Texas Country Reporter or some such show...??
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Offline thehabman

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Re: New here and looking to move to the Terlingua area
« Reply #6 on: February 11, 2015, 10:33:44 AM »
Thanks folks for all for the input and some great ideas. 

I have some welding and construction skills, just not heavy equipment, but I am willing to learn that no problem.  I may talk to a couple of buddies and see if I can get hooked up with those skills before I come down.

I have run my own small part-time farm here in the Great Lakes for the last 22+ years.  My domestic situation of 30 years is changing, and I am going to be walking away with next to nothing, my decision, and looking to start over. 

My funds are going to be really, really tight to say the least, so I kind of have to hit the ground running.   

I'll be looking for a possible part-time work for room  and/or board deal, or a place to sleep in exchange for chores, or a rent with an option to buy that I can start improvements on.

I plan on living a pretty spartan existence, especially at first.  It will just be me and my dog, an AWD van and possibly a utility trailer, and probably a tent or two.

I have extensively studied tiny home, adobe, cobb design and construction and have built quite a few building over the years, including a straw bale home for a friend. 

I really would really like to explore the possibility of creating a community of affordable off-grid, efficient homes/cottages. 

Like I said, not interested in getting rich, just enjoying whatever life I have left in me. 
 
Any ideas on how to best way to get hooked into the community to find these types of opportunities? Or is it just a come down and see what happens kind of thing?   

And Geezer, I ran across the FieldLab a couple of years ago, pretty good stuff and you have me nailed, that is what I'm looking to do, just seems he had a bit, OK really a load, more cash behind him. 

Thanks again all, really have me thinking this will be easier than I thought. 


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Offline Red Hawk

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Re: New here and looking to move to the Terlingua area
« Reply #7 on: February 11, 2015, 11:58:06 AM »
They are looking for a cook at Terlingua Ranch Lodge and might barter for a place to stay. The best way to find the lay of the land is to hang out on the porch at the Ghost Town. Thats how I found my land and got started 14 years ago. Also check out the Terlingua Moon, a monthly newsletter on line at   http://www.drdougs.com/Moon.html 
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Offline thehabman

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Re: New here and looking to move to the Terlingua area
« Reply #8 on: February 11, 2015, 01:15:13 PM »
Thanks Red Hawk,

If that position is still open when I get down there I'll look into it, as I do have lots of restaurant experience although it was 30 years ago.  lol

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Offline Jonathan Sadow

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Re: New here and looking to move to the Terlingua area
« Reply #9 on: February 11, 2015, 01:22:49 PM »
For a little different but not unrelated approach, look at this: http://www.thefieldlab.org/

Now that's living!

Think I saw him on Texas Country Reporter or some such show...??

I don't know if that's where you saw him, but he was definitely on a series called "Where the Wild Men Are" (originally called "New Lives in the Wild") that was shown on The Science Channel in the U.S. in 2014.

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Re: New here and looking to move to the Terlingua area
« Reply #10 on: February 11, 2015, 01:42:08 PM »
If you do Facebook, there are several Terlingua Ranch chatboards.  Terlingua Ranch Owners and Our Terlingua are two good ones.  Ask questions and you will probably get lots of locals who will give you advice. 
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Re: New here and looking to move to the Terlingua area
« Reply #11 on: February 11, 2015, 04:17:53 PM »
I have run my own small part-time farm here in the Great Lakes for the last 22+ years.  My domestic situation of 30 years is changing, and I am going to be walking away with next to nothing, my decision, and looking to start over. 
ahhh...gettin' screwed eh?..and not in a good way.

Thanks again all, really have me thinking this will be easier than I thought.
Whoa...not so fast there sparky...

I plan on living a pretty spartan existence, especially at first.  It will just be me and my dog, an AWD van and possibly a utility trailer, and probably a tent or two.

Moving halfway across the country to live in the back of a van isn't as good as it sounds, especially when it starts gettin' hot and stays that way for a week or more at a time. You'll need a place to park and a water supply. There are coin showers in the area and several places to put your refuse if you don't find the public bathrooms often enough. If you're not used to that lifestyle it can take a mental toll on you, which hurts your chances of success. A van battery gone bad on a hot day, followed by your dog becoming ill...could have you reeling. Not saying you can't do it, I'm just saying be cautious and plan on it not going well at first.

I think until you get there and take the lay of the land, I would play it safe and try to generate some income in what you're good at (IT industry I assume) and perhaps look for work in Alpine TX, Marfa TX, or even Presidio, in that field. Head south from Alpine (or from where ever you end up in the area) on your days off to explore your options and opportunities down there, make local friends (future local support group! so pretend to like even the ones you don't) and network with them. Then when you have a plan based on actual on site information after 6 months to 2 years you can make the jump to livin' off the grid.

Years Decades ago, I would come down to the Big Bend area from Illinois and it seemed like I was at the end of the earth. Now with broadband internet, satellite TV, daily UPS delivery, adequate supply of wet wipes, etc, it seems that if one had enough irons in enough fires, one could actually make a living there.    Maybe. :eusa_think:
Not something I would want to just drive up in my van and try to do.
Regardless, I hope you prove me wrong or at least overly cautious in my outlook, and I wish you very much success in your new life.
Let us know how it goes so we can all come visit.
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« Last Edit: February 11, 2015, 04:29:21 PM by fartymarty »
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Re: New here and looking to move to the Terlingua area
« Reply #12 on: February 12, 2015, 08:31:05 AM »
Thanks for the reply FartyMarty. 

I understand what you are saying, problem is there isn't all that much work opportunity for an old guy like me up here in the IT business. They want to hire people at 1/2 or less of what I used to earn, which is cool and I understand, however they will not even give me a second look assuming that I will not want to take the pay cut. 

So if there were opportunities here I would spend a year saving up and  would be doing exactly what you suggested.  That most likely isn't a valid option, we'll see how it goes. If something breaks loose up here I will delay my move. 

That being said, one way or another I'll most likely be living out of the van or trapped in a situation were I work to pay rent on a dump and am still not working towards where I want to get in my life. 

I'm by no means a stars in the eyes dreamer and have went over all the possible things that could go wrong out there, however I have done the same with staying here.  Working toward a goal is better in my mind than idling towards death. Staying here would be exactly that. lol

 I've lived through a lot of pretty tough situations, but I am also a bit of an optimist . 

I may even buy a piece of land in Terlingua before I come down, just not liking the idea of buying without seeing it first. 

I have been talking with realtors and found a couple of properties I am interested in, however I cannot really afford to fly down there, then rent a car to drive 4 hours or so to look at land then fly back and then drive back if I do find something.  Heck for the cost of the flight and a rental car I could make 2 years worth of payments. 

I have been putting out resumes for jobs in the area, so we will see, however I don't want to get sucked into the 50-60 hr a week corporate crap again, so we will see. 

I was wondering what people out there do for a living, or is everyone just  independently wealthy?


Thanks again Marty!
« Last Edit: February 12, 2015, 09:47:34 AM by thehabman »

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Offline thehabman

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Re: New here and looking to move to the Terlingua area
« Reply #13 on: February 12, 2015, 08:35:27 AM »
Thanks Desertflr. 

I had found a few on FB, you helped me find a few more.


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Re: New here and looking to move to the Terlingua area
« Reply #14 on: February 12, 2015, 12:11:01 PM »
Thanks for the reply FartyMarty. 

I understand what you are saying, problem is there isn't all that much work opportunity for an old guy like me up here in the IT business.

You are most welcome, and just to be clear, I was recommending you seek IT work in Alpine TX. Maybe not much if any available but you might find something part time with no benefits. I wasn't trying to get you to stay up there, sounds like leaving the sooner the better would be good. I would think it might be easier to find income in Alpine or even Marfa than in Study Butte/Terlingua.

... is everyone just  independently wealthy?

Hardly, well certainly not everyone from what I've seen.  :icon_lol:

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