I think it's true when they say "Everything's Bigger in Texas". The sky is a massive, cloudless pristine blue wall that lights up at night, full of bright shining stars you can see so clearly (due to the lack of light pollution). The farmlands are larger than I've ever seen before and can span a whole town (literally; there's a town in Western Texas that is just this one farm). Even the people, they're big in friendliness. On my first trip to Texas I feel like I only cracked the surface of this once-independent-nation. It's a vastly large space with so much variance. We started our trip in Austin, where a friend suggested Jacoby's for dinner. AMAZING. We closed the place down on a Wednesday night and headed to some live music down the road at Stay Gold. After narrowly avoiding a winter storm it was so nice to be able to walk around in a light jacket and enjoy the warmth that I hadn't felt in months.
After a cozy night we went out for breakfast tacos; that omnipresent Tex-Mex is enough to make me want to move South in itself! After fueling up we hit the road west for a cool seven hours. We watched the terrain go from dry and rocky to lush and tree laden, to mountains and plateaus, arriving into Marfa for sunset and moonrise.
As previously stated, Marfa was easy to explore within just a few hours. With four days in the Western Texas area we were also able to explore the nearby towns of Alpine, Marathon, Fort Davis (for a star party!), and Terlingua (post on that place coming soon!)
Nearby Terlingua is the Big Bend National Park, which borders on Mexico's Chihuahan Desert. Z and I took a sunset horseback ride through the park and it may have been one of my favorite experiences of the trip.
What do you think of my trip? Have you ever been to this part of Texas?