Monday, January 26, 2015
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Sunday, January 4, 2015
Marfa’s biggest draw is the phenomenon of the Marfa Lights. These are mysterious, dancing lights that have been witnessed many times since the 19th century. The lights occur right outside of Marfa on the horizon after nightfall. No one has been able to figure out exactly what they are, though many people have tried to identify the source.
There’s a nice observation deck we hung out on, waiting for the sunset. We met the friendliest people in Marfa, including an older couple on this deck. They were traveling via RV to a huge chili cook-off and this was their third time hoping to see the Marfa Lights – they had waited in this spot before, but hadn’t seen anything unusual.
We were so very hopeful, but when it got dark all we saw were some distant headlights.
We did see a gorgeous sunset and the night sky was filled with stars.
West Texas brought the most brilliant sky gazing of the entire big trip.
Friday, January 2, 2015
Marfa has a population of about 2,000 people, so there’s a slowness to the place. It’s important to not visit on Monday and Tuesday, because there ain’t nothing going on those days.
There are the people who have always lived there and there are the young artists who have moved in. I felt the presence of both as we ambled around.
We were bummed that Marfa Book Co. was closed down, as it was a top destination on our list. I just discovered that they are not closed for good, though! They are just renovating their location and are now in a temporary spot. This bookstore looks like so much more than a bookstore – it’s a community arts center of sorts. A great reason to visit Marfa another time!
We sat outside at Padre's and had burgers. They had a pretty good veggie burger and vibe.
We went to the great little grocery store, The Get Go. It’s a specialty spot with stuff like organic, local veggies and quinoa. From what I can recall, we got dried mango and fancy potato chips.
I had an incredible iced coffee at Do Your Thing, which is where all the cool kids hung out.
Marfa’s City Hall was pretty and pink.
We also went to a couple of bars at night. One with a teepee and a treehouse! One with a fire pit and dogs hanging out!