Day 6, Part 1
Scheduling issues, trunks, Dirt Devils, Texas & Marfa
This just in- Rachel and I should not be given the task of planning itineraries in the future…we happened to plug-in some insane departure times, driving times and were overly ambitious when scheduling our days. I’m not sure if Superman could pull off our itinerary. Our running joke on the trip has been asking aloud…”who planned this schedule?” Most days we get up at 5am to either drive an insane amount of hours, photograph or write. By evening we could both easily fall asleep by 7pm (I wish I was kidding but seriously 7pm has become the new bedtime over here).
So when I looked at our itinerary for Day 6, it read….
Departure from Ghost Ranch @ 5am
Driving time to Marfa, Texas 8 hours
Arrival time in Marfa, Texas 1pm
I looked at Rachel and said- “who planned this schedule?”
When the alarm sounded at 4:30 am, Rachel and I just started laughing in the dark at the absurdity of it all. We were up in the mountains, it was pitch dark, freezing (25 degrees which is cold for us CA girls) and we had to pack up a car and drive for 8 hours? SERIOUSLY, WHO PLANNED THIS ITINERARY?
If I didn’t know better I would think it was somebody who hated us.
We dragged ourselves out of bed and half asleep we packed the car in the dark and headed out of the mountains. When the sun came up two hours later I looked in my rearview window and noticed that my trunk was wide open. WHAT?! I was driving with my trunk open for the last two hours through the mountains!! We just started laughing. I pulled over and Rachel ran out to close it but not before taking this picture.
When she returned to the car, she said through laughter…”well your bag was unzipped and some clothes were hanging out. I guess we will know if you’re missing anything when we get to Marfa”
Not the best news at 7am but what are you going to do.
The highlights from our 8 hour drive
1. Taking a picture with the Texas state sign!
2. When we were driving through Texas on a 2 lane highway in the middle of nowhere and we saw what looked like a mini tornado in the distance. I thought…omg my Dad was right there’s a tornado!! I started taking pictures of it that was until it started coming toward us and Rachel screamed “Oh my God, we are doing exactly what your father told us not to do!!! We’re driving towards a tornado!!!” and slammed on the brakes.
I closed my eyes and tried to roll up my window as quick as I could and Rachel screamed…”It’s got a tumbleweed!!!!”
It’s got a tumbleweed!!!?? Well that’s not good!!! For a moment there I thought we were going to die. I seriously thought that I was going to die and my Dad was going to be proven right…I didn’t know what was worse!
Instead of lifting up our car, the dirt cloud passed over us like a gust of wind.
We barely felt a thing.
We looked at each other with wide eyes and both burst out laughing.
After googling it we learned that it was a “Dirt Devil” and not dangerous AT ALL.
I blame my father for our overreaction to the dirt cloud.
3. Taking pictures with my car
As we were approaching Marfa, Texas I looked at my phone and said…”Rachel, I have bad news. It’s happened again. We lost an hour.”
Marfa here we come!
See Rachel’s take here!