For years I’ve wanted to explore the west Texas town of Marfa and discover what other artists were being attracted to. So, after God brought someone very special into my life and he was game to explore it with me, I finally made it happen. Except Jason and I tacked a day trip to Big Bend National Park and a couple nights in Alpine, TX onto our itinerary and made a wild west weekend adventure of it.
After loading up the pups on the 4th of July, we set out on our eight-hour trek to the desert and celebrated our first 4th together with pit stops and road trip tunes instead of family picnics and fireworks. And I couldn’t go without taking along my vintage Polaroid Colorpack II Land Camera and tons of film. My good friend, Jane, had recently visited me in Dallas and was the catalyst for me dusting off my old collection of cameras and actually using one. For that, I’m thankful. And I now have these beautiful memories. A separate post is coming with my DSLR images. For now, I wanted to showcase our adventure through our “instant satisfaction” images… the Polaroids and Instagrams. Enjoy.
Standing in front of the famous Prada, Marfa installation – a must see!
Marfa by bike
My sweet road trippin’ companions in our rental jeep
The Hotel Paisano – where the cast of “Giant” stayed while filming there in 1954. We really enjoyed the history and hospitality.
Off we go!
Our first 4th. (somewhere on the side of the road in west TX)
A very appropriate road to travel on July 4th – 1776
Fueling up in Alpine before a day trip to Big Bend
Super cool historic hotel in Alpine – we loved the bar/restaurant!
Thanks goodness someone else pulled over to take pics
Ray-bans in the desert
Date night in Alpine
My girls were excellent travelers. I love how in the below photo, they are somewhat mimicking the cattle in the mural.
Enjoyed chatting with this little entrepreneur and trying her yummy product!
The famous Prada, Marfa art installation
We discovered the best little dive bar with the most amazing nachos we’ve ever had – Planet Marfa. We went twice because it was that good.
Planet Marfa pooch
Adorable little cafe we had breakfast at – I loved all the architecture in Marfa.
Planet Marfa’s mission:
Hotel Paisano at dusk – simply gorgeous!
I bought us these books (Jason also loves to write) and on our last night we did two of the writing exercises – was fun to see our different takes on the assignments.
Using my Polaroid
Quite an adventure for me – hadn’t been on a bike in years. So fun!
Headed home, sweet home.