Road Trip to Marfa: Day 4, Unexpected.

After being out in the cold and windy weather for several hours on day 3 of our trip, I went to bed not feeling very well and woke up the next morning not that much better. Hoyoung also needed to take it slow and rest up for his jobs this weekend back home so on day 4, the Sprinkles took the car to check out Big Bend National Park and we stayed in Marfa.  

We took some more time to walk around the streets. Because day 3 had been so windy and cold, we thought yesterday would be even colder with the cloud cover. To our surprise, it was actually much better than the day before because there was very little wind and not as cold even without the sun. Unexpectedly, we were able to enjoy walking around and soak in the eclectic mix of architecture.

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We checked out local shops, like Marfa Book Company.

The shop also had a small room with a podium and chairs set up for lectures and an unexpected and nice gallery space in the back corner.

After walking around, we were a little hungry so we stopped by Squeeze Marfa for a bite. We enjoyed the unexpected nice (and not windy) weather on their patio.

After lunch, we made our way towards Frama to get a cup of coffee. On the way, we saw this rooster, just chilling in the front yard. Unexpected, indeed!

Frama at Tumbleweed Laundry is so unique and charming, completely unexpected. You can do your laundry and grab coffee or ice cream or get on the internet or all of the above!

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I also really wanted to visit the Marfa Public Library. It is a small place but you can tell it is such a big part of the community.

On our way back to El Cosmico, we snapped some photos of each other, too!

We absolutely loved our stay in Marfa and at El Cosmico. We can't wait to come back!

All photos were taken with iPhone and a Fuji x100s camera.

Road Trip to Marfa: Day 3 | Exploring the town.

Good morning, y'all!

For the past two mornings, Marfa has been cold and windy. Hoyoung woke up early yesterday and bearing the chill, he snapped some beautiful shots of El Cosmico.

After morning coffee and a light breakfast, we headed into town to have lunch at the Food Shark, a food truck serving delicious Mediterranean! They were not parked at their spot when we got there about 10 til noon so we walked around a bit, enjoying the architecture in the mostly empty streets and roads.

Soon enough, the Food Shark was parked and out of nowhere, people started to gravitate towards it like magnets. I was so hunched over the entire time I was standing in line because it was so cold and windy, but it was totally worth it.

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Although we were the second ones in line, we still waited for about 20 minutes once we put our order in while they heated up the oil in the fryer for the falafels - excuse me, MARFAlafel. Hoyoung ordered the Marfalafel with hummus and I ordered a veggie burrito with mushrooms, squash, and guacamole off of their daily specials menu. We also ordered two extra falafels with hummus on the side. 

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It definitely was the best hummus I've ever had and the falafel was one of the best!

After lunch, we walked around some more but soon realized that Marfa is a VERY quiet little town - most of the establishments are open only certain days of the week OR certain months of the year. We were able to at least view the city from up high in the Presidio County Courthouse's cupola. We climbed several flights of stairs to get to the 360 degree panorama.

Some of the museums are by appointment only so we were not able to see much except for Donald Judd's concrete installations (part of the Chinati Foundation), which are available to view at any time during the day. There was plenty to see of that, though, so I wasn't disappointed.

We also saw the full panorama of the Artillery Sheds from afar and peeked in through the windows.

Afterwards, we came back to El Cosmico to rest up. I tried hanging out in one of the hammocks but it was just too windy to stay in it for very long. 

So we napped inside our teepee. Here's a iPhone selfie of us faking it.
Photographer's Note: I was having a bad hair day! Who cares, anyway. I'm traveling.

After resting up and grilled burgers for dinner, we set out to the Marfa Lights Viewing Area. We left before sundown, hoping to be lucky enough to see the mysterious lights.

After sticking it out in the cold wind for about two hours, we had no such luck.  This is what I looked like the entire time we were there.

We left when someone told Jon he'd been coming to see the Marfa lights for 25 years and he's only seen it a total of 3 times. Yikes!

The views were beautiful though.

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Photographer's Note: The majority of the photos were taken with Fuji X100S and edited with Lightroom.  Feel free to ask me any questions about the photos.

Road Trip to Marfa: Day 2 | We made it!

To get into Marfa, we took Texas 17 and the views were to die for!

The highway was mostly empty the entire way so we took full advantage of the photo op.

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After about an hour and a half of taking in all of the beautiful scenery of mountain ranges against the soft grey blue sky and the greenery of the tree tops on 17, we finally arrived in Marfa and checked in to El Cosmico.

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Hoyoung and I were lucky enough to reserve a teepee for our stay. (We are told that the teepees are already booked every weekend until the end of October!) 

The inside of the teepee exceeded our expectations. And we were pleasantly surprised to find the newly added fire pit inside.

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We ate dinner on the camp grounds at the communal kitchen. 

At night, El Cosmico is a peaceful site. Even though all of their units are booked out for the entire week, the camp grounds were so quiet and relaxed. The silence was so refreshing, away from the noise of Dallas. The stars were spread all across the dark sky and you could see the faint glow of the fire pits burning in the teepees. 

Unfortunately, Hoyoung forgot his tripod for the trip so we tried to set up the camera on a Gorillapod on the picnic table outside of our teepee. It was so dark outside that he tried to do his best with our flashlight. Instead of helping him, I snapped this photo with my iPhone instead.

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Finally, he decided it’d be best to just set the camera on top of the table and Hoyoung was able to get this shot using his Fujifilm x100s. He's not satisfied with this one but I think it's beautiful!

All photos were taken with iPhone and a Fuji x100s camera.