Work Week in Alpine

With the owners out of town, today was our first day to handle everything. Things went pretty smooth. We are getting used to the Airbnb site where all the properties are listed. This is a lot different than any job we have had in the past, but I feel we are going to really like it. There is a lot of different tasks to do during a day so it’s not just one thing over and over.

We went to Marathon to visit some friends. We picked up our mail, some fresh eggs, and watched them feed some donkeys.

Here is the kids feeding the donkeys some carrots.

Then it was back to Alpine to take in a baseball game. Even though the Cowboys lost we had a great time!!


Alpine, Tx. Our New Home

Marathon is in our rear view mirror. We are now in the “big” city of Alpine about 30 miles west and are working at a property management firm who handles mainly vacation/business rentals. The office is only 5 minutes away and we can work from home as needed.

alpine txAlpine is the county seat of Brewster county, the largest county in Texas and is nestled in the foothills of the Davis mountains. Home of Sul Ross State University, Amtrak Sunset Limited rail station, Kokernot Field (home of the Alpine Cowboys Baseball team), several great restaurants, and more! Plus higher elevation and trees…yes we have trees which are a welcome change.



Chili Cookoff

We had a chili cook off this July 4th weekend at the RV park. People started showing up on Wednesday. We met some great people from all over. New Mexico, California, and of course Texas. This was an official CASI cook off (official chili group) so cooks receive points to be able to go to the World Famous Terlingua cook off in the Fall. We both were asked to be judges. It was so much fun!!

The cook off benefited the Marathon Volunteer Fire Dept.


Some of the locals just showed up to cook steaks, ribs, and more. It was great food!!
Here is some of the ladies cooking their chili.
Silent auction in the courtyard. Our bid won 3 of the items.
The first place trophy.
A very nice couple we got to know from San Angelo. They even gave us some chili before they left.
Cooks turning in their chili.
This is one of the many judges tables preparing to judge the chili.

You judge the chili on Aroma, Consistency, Red Color, Taste, and Aftertaste.

Judges give the chili a score from 1-10
Judge Laurie
Getting Ready to taste
Love the Hat!!
Plenty of cheese, water, chips, and of course beer.


Even the law was here
It wasn’t only chili, they had salsa and bean competition.  Here is one of the salsa winners.
Another winner.
The Winner…. from Odessa