Thursday, April 6, 2017

Marfa. Kind of a Little Quirky Austin...

I love Marfa, Tx. It is quiet, peaceful and weird.
It has the Marfa Lights and a wonderful old hotel called The Paisano.
The classic old movie called "Giant" was filmed in and around Marfa and the cast stayed in this hotel as they filmed. It is now a town full of mostly contemporary art museums and the weekends are busy with lots of visitors to see the lights to feel the peace and quiet and enjoy the quirk. :) The sunrises and sunsets are something to behold. Wonderful.

We stayed at the lovely old Hotel Paisano . I think it might be my favorite hotel on this trip. It has a whimsical courtyard with a beautiful fountain and lots of snuggly seating areas to sit and visit. 

 Marfa courthouse on the square with the old Palace theater in the forefront.

 The balcony of our little bedroom. Great reading spot.

There is also a very quirky, hip place called the El Cosmico. It has a hostel feel to it with unique trailers and t-pees and a yurt. Very cool. I hope to stay there some time.

There are not many places to eat in Marfa but this pizza place I have heard is yummy. Wes visited a few weeks ago and said it was the best pizza he has ever eaten...Pizza Foundation

We used to visit the Thunderbird restaurant in Marfa. It is no longer there and only the sign remains. Sad. We did get a chuckle out of the added words on the stop sign. 
True. I have that thought quite often. I am sure my husband does too!

See ya later Marfa. Hopefully soon.
Last stop is Ft. Davis, Texas.

Have a great day friends!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Alpine, Texas...

Our West Texas road trip continued from the beautiful and tranquil Big Bend National Park up about 2 hours to Alpine, Texas. Alpine is the home of Sul Ross State University.  It is a peaceful cowboy town and is also known as one of the gateway towns into Big Bend.  On our old hotel tour this stop was a must. The Holland hotel has been housing folks since 1928 and is said to be haunted. We stayed (not on purpose) on the floor that is famous for having a ghost of a beautiful woman and her child flitting about. It was a little spooky but fun. We did not witness this apparition and slept soundly and wonderfully. The Holland is enchanting and the people are friendly. Great breakfast served bright and early in the lobby.

Right around the corner from the Holland hotel in easy walking distance is the original Reata Steak House. That meal was worth the long drive in itself. Best steak I have ever eaten.

Plan a trip with a stop over in Alpine, Texas. You will love it. 
Next stop, Marfa. 

Friday, March 31, 2017

Big Bend National Park...

From an article called, "Where the River Takes A Left"
An anonymous Mexican cowboy got it about right when he wrote, a century ago, that Big Bend country is "where the rainbows wait for the rain, and the big river is kept in a stone box and water runs uphill and mountains float in the air." 
Park rangers, when pressed, can explain all that. It's a hot but colorful place with a big river that carved its own stone box through the Chisos Mountains and Sierra del Carmen and ascended when it had to. Fog sometimes obscures the mountain bases, and so they seem to float.
The cowboy poet neglected to mention that Big Bend is kind of scary. The stars at night are big and bright, just like the song says, but not bright enough. Darkness turns the park into an even more mysterious place than it is in the hot, foggy daytime. And at sundown, all but the most intrepid backcountry hikers retreat to their campgrounds for shelter and comfort.
First-timers easily can fill a couple of days just taking in the sights. It looks like geological forces threw a party on the innocent flats of the Chihuahuan Desert, leaving it strewn with plenty of evidence that volcanoes had gamboled in the house.

For Sid and I it is a place of peace. 
A place to hear the quiet hum of the wind. 
It is a tranquil other worldly space and a harsh hard place. 
If you don't want to meet your thoughts and examine your mind and life then don't journey here. 
But, if you are brave and crave the presence of the Almighty and want a thin place to meet him...go. Go.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Marathon, Texas. The Gage Hotel.

Travel is one of the only things you buy that makes you richer.
We made a quick trip a few weeks ago down to the Big Bend area in Texas.  It is one of our favorite spots to seek quiet and peace and see the beauty of God's creation.  I talked my husband into staying at several different old historic type hotels on this trip instead of our usual camping out plan.  It was a delightful trip. Marathon, Texas was our first stop at the Gage Hotel. Step back in time...

Next stop is Big Bend National Park. See you tomorrow...
Blessings! Amy