1-3 June 2015
Ah, my surgery ICU month is over and I have a few days off to go somewhere in our new RV. I had heard a few years ago about this small town in West Texas that is famous for these myterious little lights that come on at dusk on the horizon. We carefully made it through El Paso with the RV in tow and didn't have any mishaps until we went about 200 feet past the entrance of the Tumble In RV park. Unfortuntely you can't just make a U-turn with a huge RV behind you and there isn't much out there to see so we had to go 9 miles before we could turn around.
Later the first night we went to this observatory about 9 miles from the RV park to see these Marfa lights. According to research they have been seen on most clear nights since 1883. There has been much speculation about the origin but no one has ever figured it out. The lights look like distant house lights that come on and off in different spots along the horizon. Kinda neat to see but not sure its worth coming to Marfa for.
The main thing we learned is not to come during the week because almost all restaurants in the town are open Friday, Saturday and Sunday. We found a place called Capri that had three things on the menu but atleast a cute little beer garden to eat it in.
Marfa was kind of dead so we drove 25 miles to Alpine, Texas which seems to have much more going on. Sadly it started to rain so we got our Raspa from Murphy's Raspa company and headed back to Marfa. Alpine has really beautiful murals everywhere and slushies that they have renamed, Raspa.
Dinner back in Marfa was the only restaurant open in town on Tuesday night, the Presidio hotel. This site was where the cast of the movie Giant stayed when they were in town.
On the way out of town I had to stop and take a photo of the Prada store front. Marfa is known as being a town full of artists and one of them built this Prada store in the midde of the desert as a joke.