Day 6, part 1: Driving to Marfa, Texas

23 Apr


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!

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21 Responses to “Day 6, part 1: Driving to Marfa, Texas”

  1. Cassy April 23, 2012 at 6:01 am #

    LOL Oh man, That was absolutely funny… and you guys are making me long for a road trip even more! Hope nothing was lost! haha

  2. becca3416 April 23, 2012 at 8:03 am #

    How appropriate that y’all ran in to one of these after the conversation with your dad. So funny. I would have temporarily freaked out as well.

    • katemcclafferty April 23, 2012 at 1:33 pm #

      Right?? What are the odds! Good to know you would have been freaked out as well:)

  3. gregorychankins April 23, 2012 at 8:20 am #

    What a great posting, Kate. I doubt you two are the first to get the wits scared out of you by a dust devil, so don’t feel too bad. They don’t call them devils for nothin’! Thanks for the morning smile!

  4. Erin Haslag (@WELLinLA) April 23, 2012 at 9:35 am #

    Dirt devils beware! Can I just say that I’m incredibly excited for the Graceland post?! xx!

  5. Wendell A. Brown AKA The Brown One Poet April 23, 2012 at 12:55 pm #

    Love it, have some fun!

  6. M. M April 23, 2012 at 3:55 pm #

    Always listen to your Dad !!!!!!!

  7. Mind Margins April 23, 2012 at 5:09 pm #

    Down here in Texas, sometimes we call them “dustnadoes,” too!

  8. Texas Rambler April 30, 2012 at 11:07 am #

    Been there done that… with regards to trip planning. Janet & I have learned a lot over the years. When riding you really need to plan carefully…

  9. amelie88 April 30, 2012 at 1:48 pm #

    LOL this post made me laugh aloud, but at the same time I would have thought it was a tornado too! How were you supposed to know the difference? Glad you survived!!

  10. questionsonfaith April 30, 2012 at 8:44 pm #

    Posts like this make me glad to be a Texan. 😉


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