March 3rd, 2015 1:51 PM by Ginger Turner
One of the privileges of listing ranches I have discovered is having to hike or drive to amazing places. Heath, Hayden, and I drove down to Terlingua on Sunday to list Leon Mountain Ranch. 1250 acres near Study Butte. We've done lots of research on the property online with maps and Google Earth but never realized how beautiful it was until we hiked to the peak. It gave breathtaking a new meaning while I was either hauling a 30 pound camera box with a drone in it or a 2 year old boy. Boy, was I exhausted! But we took our final few steps up the peak and looked up to find we had reached the top of the world. We were not only above Study Butte but we were eye to eye with Bee Mountain and Hen Egg and could see past the Christmas Mountains and far into Mexico. It was stunning. Heath took a second to capture our experience on the drone camera before we slid down the mountain.
Then, when we thought our adventures were over for the day, we took a drive toward Solitario to find a new piece of property to list and photograph. For the past 8 days the area has had rain non-stop so us thinking we were going to get through Terlingua Creek really was a stupid moment. We drove 12 miles off highway 118 on North County Road and twisted and turned on the roads, going through mud pit after mud pit. There were several times when the rain had washed so much of the road away we only had a few feet to pass and had a mountain on one side and a 10 foot drop on the other. I was a nervous wreck! We reached the end when we hit Terlingua Creek. 60 foot wide creek full of water, and who knows how deep...normally a dry creek. God, it was beautiful though! The valley on the other side of the creek was green and the sun was setting and shining on the mountains and cliffs stretching up. We thanked God for getting us lost so we could experience that moment. Plus we had the opportunity to go mudding on the way back. I hadn't done that since high school. It was a great day.