101

29 Mar

ROAD TRIP

Until Monday, Rachel and I were planning to stay in Austin, TX for two nights on the road trip, but changed our minds the minute we learned about a dusty little town in the high desert of West Texas. Enter in the newest addition to our overly ambitious road trip itinerary- Marfa, Texas! Despite a population of only 1,981 it’s become an artist community and cosmic wonder due to The Marfa Lights (aliens?!), Judd Foundation (modern art) and a Prada store (which is less of a store and more of an art installation).

I have a new obsession with Marfa, Texas and I really hope it lives up to my expectations! The odds are stacked in Marfa’s favor because we will be staying at the El Cosmico and sleeping in a teepee!

Have any of you guys been there? I would love some input?!

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4 Responses to “101”

  1. sarah March 29, 2012 at 8:29 am #

    Thanks for giving me a good chuckle at my desk this morning. We ended up passing though Marfa on complete accident during our winter road trip in route to Big Bend National park. I was completely shocked and confused when we drove by the “Prada Store” in the middle of absolute nowhere and quickly googled it to figure out what was going on… which is how we learned of the city. We also discovered a food truck “Food Shark” which has a HUGE following in Marfa (I suppose huge is relative), anyways it was all sold out when we arrived, but there were crowds of people eating. Looked tasty. I must admit I’m still completely confused how a dusty old town along an endless two lane highway came to be full of art galleries and interesting people!

    • katemcclafferty March 29, 2012 at 8:33 am #

      Right???!!! It’s so strange!! The food shark truck sounds delish- thank you. I will let you know what it’s like to sleep there! The Marfa lights thing kinda freaks me out though:)

  2. thedigitalbird March 29, 2012 at 9:03 am #

    Adam Bork, who owns the FOOD SHARK, also has a Grilled Cheese Parlour, open in the evenings on the weekends and there is a Museum of Wonders, which has a bunch of vintage TV’s on at all times. Worth a stop. For going out, hit PADRE’s and the LOST HORSE SALOON. The Marfa Lights are worth it, but you gotta have patience sitting out on that road. There is a secret spot that more of the locals know about, kinda creepy out there in the dark, but when the lights appear, it’s WILD. And for delicious Pizza…go to the PIZZA FOUNDATION. Great salads too. Have fun!!

  3. Mind Margins March 29, 2012 at 10:47 am #

    The Marfa Lights are so worth the wait, and not really creepy, just mysterious. I love Marfa and the Big Bend area, but it’s definitely not for everyone. The landscape is desolate and spare and BIG, but the town is quirky and interesting. There’s also a great bookstore, Marfa Book Company, that we like to visit when we’re there. You’re making me want to take a drive down to Big Bend and Marfa myself!

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