Marfa’s eccentric reputation drew us out of the campground for a 25-mile road trip. Marfa is a quiet ranch town that was discovered by artists in the 70’s & is known for its “quirkiness” (that is the official word used by the town). A place where ranchers & new age artists live peacefully side by side. A number of westerns have been filmed there, most recently There will be blood & No country for old men.
We were excited, expecting a bustling busy scene. Well, not so. Marfa was pretty much empty on a Saturday afternoon. Wi-Fi was available so we looked for activities on line & found a local coffee roaster thinking that might be a good source of info. Turns out the place is pretty deserted except in the summer. Who wants to visit Texas desert in the summer? Mando’s was recommended for a good Mexican meal. We were not disappointed. The chili rellenos were crisp & delicious. The place was packed.
Marfa is also known for unexplained lights in the night sky. The jury is still out on whether we will return for that, given the unpredictability. You can decide for yourself whether they are legit. www.marfatxlights.com
Another Marfa claim to fame is a replica of a Prada store complete with inventory 35 miles west of town as a sculptural comment on consumerism. Apparently, just sits there in the desert. I thought the picture on line was good enough, no need to make the drive.
The clouds moved in again early evening as we headed back to the Observatory for our Star Party. The indoor educational programs were very interesting & informative. The photographs that can be taken these days of stars forming are really amazing. The clouds did part & we were able to view the moon, the Pleiades, & Jupiter through some really big telescopes. A great deal of what astronomers do & study is way over my head!