A couple of months ago, a few of us got together and made our way to Marfa, TX. For whatever reason, i have been so reluctant to share these photos. Maybe it’s because i have been wanting to go to Marfa for yeeeeears now and i wanted to keep this trip sacred and to myself. Or, maybe it’s because i feel like Marfa is such an icon and i wasn’t going to do it justice. But… here i am… posting my favorite parts of this trip.
For me, life is very fast paced, hectic, and chaotic. While it seems that i travel often, it is rarely just for fun. Usually i am dedicating a portion of my trip to work. So this was a treat for me. This was breaking away from the norm. I loved every moment of it.
If you have never been to Marfa, or even heard of it, i truly encourage you to plan a trip out there! It is one of the coolest places i have ever been.
Here is my best attempt at being a Marfa tour guide.
first things first, plan your trip on a weekend. most of the restaurants, attractions, and whatever else are closed during the week. You are also in the desert. So keep the gas tank full. And the water handy. Cell service is a bit splotchy. enjoy the freedom to disconnect. it will reward you greatly if you stay in its presence.
Admittedly, i didn’t photograph everything we saw or did. Everything there is completely photo worthy, but there were times that i got more out of just being in the moment rather than capturing it.We drove from North Texas, so we first stopped at Balmorhea State Park to jump into the natural springs. There were fish in it. And it took me quite some time to convince myself to jump in. And then even longer to convince myself to jump off the diving board. But once i was in the water, it was truly terrific. The water is perfection degrees Fahrenheit. Also… there are fish in it. did i mention that? that there are FISH in the water?!
The thing about traveling with photographers is this: you often have to pull off the road to take photos. Here we are waiting for Gunnar to experiment with Joan the Drone.
Marfa, TX by Gunnar Widowski
We stayed at El Cosmico. Because when in Marfa…
we spent most of the afternoon laying on this porch and listening to music. it was the perfection and probably my favorite part of the entire trip. Kami and I cracking up about… not sure what.
photo by Gunnar Widowski
We finally decided to get up and chase the sunset. We found a spot and literally just sat there and watched the horizon.We ate dinner at El Cochineal. It was delicious and the ambiance was really nice. I don’t have any photos of dinner. And i’m ok with that.
We also drove out of town to see the “Marfa Lights” but we didn’t see any and quickly decided we were wasting our time. So we drove back into town and resumed our spot on the porch.
these teepees are the coolest. Photo by Gunnar Widowski.Morning came really early. Gunnar and Kami woke up to catch the sunrise. i could hear them climbing up on the roof. I stumbled my way out there to watch it peak out. but then decided my retinas and i preferred the inside of our abode… where the coffee was.
Our camper didn’t have a shower. That’s one the sweet things about El Cosmico, it has a shower area for those in tents or teepees. But each camper also has it’s own shower. That was my first time to shower outdoors. I think i liked it.
We ate breakfast at Marfa Burrito. Basically, this sweet lady’s home that she opens up to visitors and locals. The burritos are awesome. Ramona is super sweet. Coincidentally… she was quite taken by my friend Gunnar here.
photo by Gunnar WidowskiThe thing about Marfa is that it is so slow paced. Which is awesome because it forced me to slow down as well. There was a bunch of doing nothing and just walking around. Most places were closed – because they basically close when they want to. We didn’t get a chance to see everything. I really did enjoy Ballroom Marfa. It is equally simple but beautiful
I have been talking about the Grilled Cheese in Marfa for as long as i’ve known about Marfa. Unfortunately, they were not open when we went. BUT!!!! we did eat at the Food Shark and it did not disappoint. I had falafel. We ate inside an old bus-converted-dining-area and made friends with a Labrador named “George Michael Bluth”photo by KamiCan’t go to Marfa and not go to Prada Marfa. – i should note that this is quite a ways outside of town. In the middle of nowhere. and you should have a full tank of gas… amirite, Gunnar and Kami??
a special thanks to the random tourist that was standing by. sometimes the tripod just doesn’t cut it. If you want to see more of our trip, you can find each of us on Instagram:
Gunnar Widowski : Website
gunnar and kami. i can’t imagine a better way to experience Marfa for the first time. this trip will forever remain one of my most favorite!