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, with 360 degree mountain top views, abundant willdlife, and wildflowers year around. (You must have a FOUR WHEEL DRIVE vehicle with at least 8 inches of ground clearance to book this rental. If you arrive in a car that will not make it, there will be no refund, please contact me first if you are in doubt that your vehicle will qualify.) 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 and reset your mind. Come here to unwind and explore as you are 8 miles (30 minutes) to Terlingua, your gateway to Big Bend National Park,Big Bend Ranch 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 available to rent 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 have pets, please bring 2 sheets to cover the couches. 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. 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 working my other 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.