Lizards on the Mantel, Burros at the Door: A Big Bend Memoir

Lizards on the Mantel, Burros at the Door: A Big Bend Memoir

By: Etta Koch (author), June Cooper Price (with)Paperback

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A woman who went West with her husband in the 1840s must have expected hardships and privation, but during the 1940s, when Etta Koch stopped off in Big Bend with her young family and a 23-foot travel trailer in tow, she anticipated no more than a civilized camping trip between her old home in Ohio and a new one in Arizona. It was only when she found herself moving into an old rock house without plumbing or electricity in the new Big Bend National Park that Etta realized, "From the sheltered life of a city girl of moderate circumstances, I too would have to face the reality of frontier living." In this book based on her journals and letters, Etta Koch and her daughter June Cooper Price chronicle their family's first years (1944-1946) in the Big Bend. Etta describes how her photographer husband Peter Koch became captivated by the region as a place for natural history filmmaking-and how she and their three young daughters slowly adapted to a pioneer lifestyle during his months' long absences on the photo-lecture circuit. In vivid, often humorous anecdotes, she describes making the rock house into a home, getting to know the Park Service personnel and other neighbors, coping with the local wildlife, and, most of all, learning to love the rugged landscape and the hardy individuals who call it home.

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Etta Koch lived in Alpine, Texas. JUNE COOPER PRICE (1933-2008) was a freelance writer who lived in Mesa, Arizona, when not on the road in an RV with her husband. She and her mother Etta Koch told the story of their family's move to Big Bend in Lizards on the Mantel, Burros at the Door: A Big Bend Memoir.


Foreword Acknowledgments Introduction 1. Where Is Everybody?. 2. The Long Road to Texas 3. Under the Pinon Pines 4. Exploring the Basin 5. Terlingua 6. Dignitaries 7. Pets 8. Polecats and Horses 9. Boquillas 10. Of Mountains and Basins 11. The Broken Blossom 12. Mama Has a Birthday 13. The Winter of Change 14. Reflections on the Rio Grande 15. The Spa 16. Into the Limestone Lodge 17. Maggy 18. Menagerie 19. The Mail Comes on Monday 20. First, Go Fill the Water Bucket 21. A Lizard, Mice, and Other Winter Visitors 22. Mexican Wedding 23. The Steps That Led to Spanish 24. Have Some Beans? 25. Rocks of the Ages 26. Water Tales 27. A Christmas to Forget 28. Flight 29. Second Summer 30. On Top of Mt. Bailey 31. Kaufman's Draw Epilogue

Product Details

  • publication date: 25/06/1999
  • ISBN13: 9780292743397
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 214
  • ID: 9780292743397
  • weight: 567
  • ISBN10: 0292743394

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