Labor Day trip to MARFA!

Over Labor day weekend, we took a little trip out to West Texas. Why you ask? Because it was the only place where it would cool down enough at night to make camping bearable. {Gotta love the dessert-like climate}

We had a credit on Southwest Airlines, so we flew to Midland and rented a car for our drive to Marfa {an artist alcove just 1 1/2 hours East of El Paso.

 See that fenced area there? That was our original camping grounds. Good thing we did some research and decided to forfeit our deposit for some place closer. {el cosmico}

This trendy campground had everything from a giant teepee and refurbished retro campers to camp sites and a camp kitchen {with fridge}.

This was such a lifesaver! We bought groceries along the way and prepared 2 out of 3 meals a day a the camp kitchen. {Eric’s working on our Hobo Packs here}.

The town of Marfa had a weekend festival going on with art vendors and local music. With such nice weather there was a lot to do {or not do and just relax}.

The Festival of Lights was positioned around their magnificent courthouse. It had to be the prettiest building in the whole town. This old traders post turned early 1900 hot spot turned artiest alcove turned family place has a little of it all. {How amazing it that}.

On our exploration of the Marfa Lights area, Eric even found an old fashioned tumbleweed blowing around.

The Marfa Lights viewing deck was recently built to view the unexplained phenomenon of red lights that appear on the horizon. The theories range from the spirits of Spanish Conquistadors searching for gold to aliens. The most believable theory is the gas/light emited with the hot air from the ground meets the cool night air. {such a realist}.

We went back at night to see the lights {with the rest of the town} but were not able to get them on camera. Here’s a picture of the moon. It was so unbelievably big with thousands of visible stars.

The next day, we took a drive south of the town in search of an a ghost town before you reach the Mexican border.

We just didn’t realize how close it was to the border! After driving for an hour, we saw the border show up on our GPS and decided to turn around.

Along the way back, we found Elephant Rock. With only so many geographical landmarks, this was a great photo-op!

On our way back to the airport, we stopped to take in the mountains {Eric didn’t think Texas had any}. Needless to say, we met a former boarder patrol officer. After some of his stories, I’m glad we didn’t know them before our trip {hot spot for drug mules}.

Of course, we had to take a picture in front of one of the many dirks in West Texas. Without much rain, it is good they have another industry to fall back on.

We also stopped to have lunch with my college friend Kortney and her new baby girl {what a sweet sleeping baby}.

All in all, it was a great break from the day-to-day life and fun adventure for the Roark Roadtrip files!

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