What kind of name is Marfa?

Trip Start Aug 18, 2008
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Trip End Oct 01, 2008


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Friday, September 12, 2008

In our continuing effort to avoid Hurricane Ike, we decided to stop for the night in a little town called Marfa in west Texas. Famous (well sort of) for its artists community and some 1980s artist named Donald Judd--who neither of us had ever heard of--it has a few nice hotels and a lot of art galleries and small cafes.

When we arrived, we realized that this was a town with a strange vibe. Most of the buildings looked historic but not particularly well maintained, but as we walked around we discovered that it was on purpose. Inside some of these buildings, there were very modern interiors for shops or offices, but they had left the outside with peeling paint and unreadable original signs. Quaint, maybe? We're still not decided. The town was pretty quiet because the tourist season was over so we really only had one option for dinner--but we still had a nice time strolling through the town, imagining it back in the early 1900s. And the most important part was that we managed to get out of the rain after driving through a massive downpour on the way there!

The one thing we didn't see was the Marfa Lights, which are an apparently unexplained phenomenon of strange lights on the horizon at night which predate headlights, so that's not the explanation. Bizarre. But we were too tired to drive out to the viewing area so we missed them. Oh well.
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