They say this about Marfa, Texas:
Hard to get to but worth the trip.
And worth the trip it is.
Texas is BIG!
GIANT! as befits the western of the same name filmed in the fifties by George Stevens west of town on Rte. 90 about 17 miles.
I can never sleep the night before a trip. At my 3 AM wake up call, I had already been awake for hours. One 1 ½ hour car ride, two plane trips and a three hour drive later, I would arrive at this small, dusty town, the county seat of Presidio County, Marfa,Texas.
Marfa is a mile high. I noticed my shallow breathing shortly after picking up my rental car at the El Paso Airport as I headed back southeast for my solo trip toward my destination. Some five minutes of deep breathing later, and it gratefully subsided.
I had come for a women’s retreat during the second week of April. There were eight of us as guests, and five as presenters–one for each of the five days we were there allowing a day on either side for travel. A killer chef named Simone http://www.simonerubi.com/–who’s also an incredible singer–served up gourmet delights each evening at an amazing meeting/place for all of us to hang and dine at http://cortedelnorte.com/ complete with furnishings by local furniture designers http://garzamarfa.com/.
It was a perfect setting for all concerned who were a mix of bloggers, graphic and clothing designers, product merchandisers, alchemists, coaches, podcasters, photographers, artists, and curators.
Staying at an Air B&B guest house, The Gypsy Castle Lounge Suite, https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/2010877, I was met by host, Genevieve shortly after unpacking. 3 friendly, resident cats kept me company while I usually had the run of the adobe ranch house to myself.
Marfa is small town, population around 2,000, where walking and/or biking is possible to most parts. Genevieve had graciously secured a bike for me to use. Still wound up after the day’s journeys, I pedaled around town early that first evening to check out some of the sights.
Marfa is an artist’s, designer’s and photographer’s dream, with opportunities everywhere you turn for inspiration.
And, the light. Ooh, the light.
Partly put on the map in the late sixties by minimalist Artist, Donald Judd, when he relocated to the area from New York City, http://www.juddfoundation.org/, his minimalist mark can be found throughout town at his many residences, artists studios and library–not to mention his several nearby ranch lands.
Today, Marfa continues to be a mecca for artists, creative thinkers and anyone looking to explore and inquire–of self and of its wide, open spaces. All that and more is Marfa. It’s surroundings, national parks, local people, sights and sounds and its welcoming atmosphere are some of the best to be found. I met many people who ended up here while visiting Marfa and never left. I now see why.
Adiós! Until next time, Marfa.