Explore...

Read and rate Travel Journal Entries for Marathon, Texas, United States

Mar 22, 2016 - The Stars At Night are big and bright.....

We didn't get on the road until after 11am since we only had 200 miles to go to our next stop. We filled up with gas and headed west down US 90 for 30 miles and came to Del Rio right on the Texas/Mexico border. We stopped at Walmart for a few groceries since I doubt we will see another big grocery store for awhile. A few miles out of Del Rio we had to stop for a Border Patrol inspection station while the dog sniffed around the car for drugs. We passed by Langtry, where Judge Roy Bean resided at one time and then crossed over the Pecos river...

Jump to full entry

Oct 16, 2015 - Overnight In Marathon

It was a short two an a half hour drive through and out of Big Bend back north to Marathon for an overnight stay. Not a whole lot of choices here but we found a comfortable park at the Marathon Motel. They have RV spots in back and it turned out to be a relaxing stay. They had a large tranquil courtyard and at night you could light a fire in the outdoor fireplace. But it was past lunch and we were hungry so headed down the street finding a nice local cafe that served up some of the best hamburgers we've had in a long time. After lunch...

Jump to full entry

Jan 10, 2014 - Marathon - Gateway to Big Bend

We packed up today in Fort Stockton and drove to the car wash. We were able to wash both the car and the Casita for less than $4! Not too bad. We then drove the grueling 60 or so miles to Marathon where we will hover for two days before we drive to Lajitas for a Casita Rally. I'm really impressed with the RV/Motel here in Marathon. We had read some good reviews, but were not expecting some of the niceties that we found. First surprise was 4G Verizon; we were only expecting a low signal. The park provides WiFi, but it seems sketchy -...

Jump to full entry

May 8, 2013 - Marathon, TX

We spent 3 days in Marathon, TX. Two days of full bus tour. The 1st day we visited Big Bend National Park, unique city of Terlinqua, and then stoping at the Famous La Kiva Cave Bar and Restaurant for happy hour and BBQ dinner. Day 2 Visiting Fort Davis Area tour and then to the McDonald Observatory. Stop by to see the Marfa lights area, but can only see at night, would have like to see them. Then the 3rd day was free and we enjoy a leasurely 5 star lunch on the outside patio and stoping by the Brewery.

Jump to full entry

Mar 14, 2013 - Marathon, TX

We are on our way to Big Bend National Park. 280 miles under the Trek today! We are staying in an Rv park in Marathon, Texas for the night. We are still about 100 miles from Big Bend, but it be a nice drive in tomorrow. We really feel we are in the west now. We had to make a stop in Langtry and see the original saloon and pool hall of Judge Roy Bean. Lots of history here. He was incorrectly called "the hanging judge" but he did deal out justice with an iron fist. The worst sentence he could hand down was to take a criminal's horse, money...

Jump to full entry

Trip Journal


Trek Wanderings

Jan 11, 2013 - Marathon, TX

We found that Del Rio and Marathon were nothing special as far as destinations, but the trip was interesting. Traveling northwest to Marathon, we were on some of the most deserted highways we have seen so far. The countryside is right out of a Hollywood Western movie! Very interesting for us Vermonters but probably boring for locals. We crossed the Pecos River, which is a big river in an enormous canyon crossed by a large impressive highway bridge, and we had to stop to see the Judge Roy Bean Museum. His little saloon and court house is...

Jump to full entry

May 26, 2012 - Marathon, TX

Today we left San Antonio and drove about 375 miles to Marathon, TX, a town with a population of about 500. Marathon's main claim to fame is that it is the "gateway to Big Bend." We walked along the main street of the little town and went in the few shops it had, but we were pretty tired and went back to the camper early. We stayed in Marathon Motel's RV park, which is basically a gravel parking lot with hook-ups. But, it has a nice courtyard and friendly staff, so we were pretty pleased with the place. Tomorrow, Big Bend NP!

Jump to full entry

May 25, 2012 - Alpine to Marathon, Tx

Because the camp is so clean and has nice amenities, we did a load of laundry, washed the rig and the other rig (the Weber grill). It is going to be hot today! We are in Big Bend Country which is part of the Chihuahuan Desert. It is exactly the vision I have of old Texas western movies complete with hot, sandy plains, cacti and scrub brush that stretch for miles. Yet there are small town sites that are dedicated to preserving the heritage of their protecting pioneers and travelers. First stop was UT McDonald Observatory at Mount Locke. We...

Jump to full entry

Trip Journal


Roadtrek Travels

Apr 10, 2012 - Blackout

We haven't had a reliable Internet connection for the past several days so were unable to update the site. Anyway . . . Thursday (4/5) – out just after daybreak this morning and heading for the southwest portion of the Park – Castolon, Santa Elena Canyon, etc.. I was hoping we might catch a lion on the road. We even drove to the Chisos Basin – no luck! It was still fairly cool when we arrived at Santa Elena. We waded across the Terlingua Creek (not much of a problem as it was dry) and hiked up along the side of the Canyon wall. The Canyon...

Jump to full entry

Jan 11, 2012 - Marathon, Texas

We visited with Mary's brother-in-law and sister-in-law (Arthur's family) and her niece and nephew and their families, before leaving Houston. It was great to get together--it's probably been about nine years--and of course we all look the same, no older, but the kids have certainly grown! Then we were back on the road and stayed last night in Castroville, Texas, at a huge regional park there. We took one of the hiking trails and saw a herd of deer. The Castroville founding fathers or mothers had a good idea--many trees and all park benches...

Jump to full entry

Oct 21, 2011 - Marathon

Left Alpine at around 10.30 am to travel down to the Big Bend National Park. The weather was fine and clear and it was David's birthday. The scenery was quite spectacular and we stopped a number of times to take photos. We finally reached the park after about 80 miles and then visited the ghost town of Terlingua where they used to mine the mineral that made mercury. The town is now inhabited by people who live in the former adobe houses, mostly without electricity or running water. We saw a road runner bird with a snake in its mouth there....

Jump to full entry

Feb 11, 2011 - Alpine - Marathon, the "Second City in Brewster County

When we were in Fort Stockton the end of last year, we decided to drive down to areas around Big Bend National Park to see where we’d like to stay. We stopped in the small town of Marathon and thought it was darling. In fact, we contemplated staying at the RV Park at the edge of town. BUT, that was before we realized “no grocery store, no service station” in town and the closest one was in Alpine, thirty miles away. Consequently, we proceeded to Alpine. Marathon was established in 1882 and grew as a shipping point for livestock and ore....

Jump to full entry
Previous -- 0 1  2  -- Next


Advertisement
OperationEyesight.com