What was supposed to be a night of camping in Marfa was a night in Alpine at the Maverick Inn. And what was supposed to be an early morning of driving was altered by an ice storm. So Travis and I passed the time - we ate two pizzas and I drank a large coffee and we walked through someone's side lot to marvel at the frozen desert plants. We combined our stubborn natures and decided we weren't going to give up on the idea of our drive to Big Bend. So we got in the car, drove three hours on black ice and ended up in Big Bend where we celebrated the last day of this year. An incredible one at that.
This past weekend, I returned home from a whirlwind two-week trip out west. A trip that was supposed to begin in Los Angeles saw a very last minute change and ended up beginning in Texas. I had tried to work Marfa, Texas into the original plan but was unable to. So when Austin became the first stop on the trip, I couldn't help but make the six hour drive from Austin to Marfa for a 24 hour adventure.
Marfa, Texas feels more art installation in the middle of the dessert than small town. Walking around on a Sunday afternoon, I felt like I was in a modern day ghost town. The majority of stores and restaurants were closed, with plans to only open a couple of days a week at best. However, despite feeling a little out of place, I took advantage of the quietude and walked the entire town at ease. In hindsight, it was perfect. Just as I would love to enjoy a museum or art gallery with little distraction, that's how I was able to enjoy Marfa. Along the way, I took a dinner break at Pizza Foundation, a pizza joint with a gallery behind the kitchen (because, of course), visited the car repair shop turned Big Bend Coffee Roasters for an unexpected lesson in roasting, and started off Monday morning in what felt like someone's kitchen at Marfa Burrito for a breakfast burrito unmatched, in the best way, to any I have had in the past.
Other highlights: Chinati Foundation's 300 acres filled with art installations, Fat Lyle's food truck for the brussel sprout sandwich, Marfa Contemporary gallery, the gallery/boutique Wrong Store, artists Elmgreen and Dragset's Prada Marfa, and the minimalist person's dream place to stay: Thunderbird Hotel