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Jan 23, 2013 - What lights????

After our wonderful Carlsbad Caverns experience we decided to cross into Texas as there were no campgrounds with power nearby and it is still very cold at night (and still NO FURNACE!). We headed to Van Horn which was supposed to have several RV parks. Of course it was dark when we arrived and after passing one closed park we found a park which turned out to be the most expensive of our trip so far. To add insult to injury when I tried the furnace it started, which meant we could have used the much nicer and cheaper State park we passed...

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Mar 9, 2012 - Marfa TX

Marfa was our real entertainment destinations for this trip. In the middle of nowhere West Texas, and an up-and-coming art center. It's a bit rangey here with desert landscapes, "goat head" stickers in the grass, but nice art and funky places to stay including the "brand new" Tumble In RV Park!

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Mar 4, 2012 - MARFA???

March 4, 2012 Marfa, TX You ought to see where we are camped. Easy drive to Marfa, @4 hrs, with another 4 hrs tomorrow to get to Big Bend. We passed at least 6 Border Patrol vehicles within a half hour period. Wonder what’s up. So, we stopped in Marfa to try to see the Marfa Lights, supposedly some sort of alien thing. Probably atmospheric reflections of headlights. We have another interesting development with the RV. The last few times we have extended the driver side slide out, it has made a clunking noise. Today, it gave us a trouble...

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Jan 24, 2012 - Marfa and Prescidio, Texas

Back on the road again heading north west along US90 which will eventually take us to Van Horn then along I10 over to El Paso. As we traveled west along US90 from Seminole Canyon State Park, we ran across a very large viewing station complete with installed binoculars; there were several RV's established along the property, cameras all set up on tripods awaiting dark. Everyone loves a good mystery. Marfa’s “Mystery Ghost Lights” were first documented by rancher Robert Ellison in 1883. There are nearly as many theories about the source of...

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On The Road Again!

Feb 5, 2011 - Alpine - Marfa and the Scenic Loop

Finally, a day to get out and about! The snow flurries have stopped, the sky has cleared and we are chomping at the bit to get out and explore this area we had scheduled to see in two weeks! And, our first week was completely shot due to the weather. I’m not complaining after seeing the horrors others have suffered through this past week throughout the country! We just heard from one of the fellas working here in the park every coach/trailer here suffered from frozen pipes the morning it dropped to FOUR degrees here – apparently we were the...

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Mar 16, 2010 - Marfa

All of the listings of ‘thangs to do’ include The Marfa Lights. I took a side trip this afternoon to see the city and the lights. I toured the town, took all of 15 minutes which included a stop for ice cream at the Dairy Queen. The main attraction was the hotel where the cast of Giant stayed during the filming of the move (some of you need to ask your friends or parents to help you with this interesting fact). I headed back to Alpine, stopping at the Lights viewing area, only to discover that it has to be dark to see the lights. Being up,...

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Spring Break 2010

Oct 27, 2009 - Marfa, Texas

We have stopped for the night at a picnic area just west of Marfa, Texas. It is warm and windy here and no other humans for as far as our eyes can see. We do have some horses for neighbors tonight and the chance for an occasional car or truck to drive by, but so far I guess one would say “solitude” is the word for the experience out here. Marfa is known for their “Marfa Lights” but the viewing area is to the east of town so unless one of the lights strays west we probably won’t see any of these unexplained phenomena. We will keep an eye out...

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Apr 1, 2009 - Alpine & Marfa

High winds today---again---so we passed on the bike riding and drove to Alpine and Marfa for some sightseeing. There are three photos of a large mural in Alpine and that is about it for Alpine. The college is the main attraction. Here is some info on one of the main attractions in Marfa, the Hotel Paisano: The Hotel Paisano was built by Charles Bassett of El Paso and opened in June 1930. It was one of five hotels that he built in west Texas and eastern New Mexico of the Gateway Hotel chain. He commissioned notable architect Henry Trost of...

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Mar 29, 2009 - Marfa Mystery Lights

Our trip home from Big Bend Ranch State Park takes us really close to the town of Marfa so since we would be getting there right around the right time to see the mystery lights, we headed in that direction. The lights only appear 15 to 20 times a year on a very clear night so it is a long shot but the night is wonderfully clear! We got to the Marfa Lights Viewing Area at about 9:00 PM and sat in the truck thinking that the lights probably looked like the Northern Lights and they weren't going to show. After awhile though we decided to join...

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Our 2009 Travels

Jan 26, 2008 - "Sweet Art Appreciation" a short story by Jackqueline W. Siglin from the Big Bend Gazette January 2008

I purchased the local paper (the only paper as they say) for the Big Bend area on our way out of the park. That night in Del Rio I read it and was surprised to see an article the Prada exhibit. It wasn't until I got to the end that I noticed it was a short story...here it is. "Is he dead?" The woman asked. "I don't think so, mam. He's got a strong pulse." Deputy Gonzales stepped from the tangle of metal and glass that had been a window in the Prada Marfa art installation north of Valentine, Texas. "The ambulance is on the way. My partner...

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Nov 3, 2007 - The Mysterious Lights of Marfa

We left New Mexico on November 3 heading south into west Texas. We had heard about the mysterious lights of Marfa, Texas and decided to spend the night and try to see them. We camped at a small town called Alpine which is about 20 miles east of Marfa and drove back to see the lights. There is a nice visitor center and mysterious lights viewing site on Highway 90 about 9 miles east of Marfa. The lights look like spotlights, stars or headlights on the side of the Chianti Mountains. They appear just after sunset most nights and come on and go...

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Oct 10, 2007 - Marfa Lights, Fort Davis, McDonald Observatory

We are generally headed back to Colorado Springs so Heather can continue to train for the Olympics, but we're not in a big hurry. It's kind of nice not needing to be some place, or to get back home. As we drove down I-10 I started thinking back: 14 years earlier, we had car trouble near Fort Stockton, and had to hitchhike to town. We dirt poor, heading home from a wedding in Albuquerque, driving a 1984 Escort through the desert without air conditioning. We only had one child: 2 year old Heather. It would've been so nice to have had the...

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