Improvements are being made by the homeowners’ association here at Terlingua Ranch. A new board was elected, the corrupt (and now former) executive director has been fired and replaced, and the lodge is in the process of being reopened after almost two years of closure due to financial mismanagement and malfeasance.
On a practical level, this means the swimming pool, showers, laundry, and four guest cabins have been reopened (with more to come after remodeling). Three potential operators are competing to reopen the restaurant at the lodge under a lease arrangement.
The association’s troubles began when former members of the board of directors decided to refocus the lodge on serving tourists rather than benefiting the property owners, which had been the original reason for establishing the lodge in the first place. Now it is more correctly focused on the property owners again, and as a result, we will probably save a couple thousand dollars a year in gas due to saved trips to town.
Yesterday Paul and I went up to the lodge to do our laundry and sit by the pool while waiting for the washers and dryers to cycle. The homeowners’ association was coincidentally hosting a poolside barbecue for residents, the food was excellent, and the company was pleasant.
As we sat at the pool watching kids splashing and playing against the magnificent mountain backdrop, I reflected on what an improvement in our standard of living these changes will make. Sitting there, I was reminded of my own youth and the countless hours I spent at our country club pool. When Derek returns next month, I know he will be delighted to be able to swim whenever he wants to. More than once last year, he bemoaned the fact that there was nowhere to swim besides the distant and remote swimming hole now owned by Brad.
As I thought about the young people who may come in the future to live with us at Estrella Vista, I could not help but think that for some of them this might be a dream come true, a small taste of pleasures missed yet still possible in their lives.