We’re heading West this week with our wanderesses, Laura & Kate. Hop in the car & let’s hit the road!
Our right-place-right-time lucky streak continued, and we met an artist over sweet potato empanadas who recommended we check out a small pueblo 30 minutes outside of the city.
The colors of the landscape immediately shifted from natural oranges and dusty grays to deep reds against rich blue skies, with hot springs woven throughout. We settled in to soak up the surroundings and soak up some natural Southwestern minerals.
After sixteen hours of driving in two days, we looked at each other and laughed, “This isn’t the worst.”
Just outside of Marfa, in Fort Davis, Texas, we came to a dark sky park. The local towns had light ordinances, and stretches of the park were considered the darkest in North America.
The long golden light of sunset gave way to the rich velvety black of nightfall. The intensity of the night sky made for perfect stargazing, but fairly terrifying driving.
“That sign didn’t say ‘Loose Livestock,’ did it?” Kate kept her eyes fixed on the full length of the headlights while I checked the compass against the map to ensure our dirt road adventures were in the right direction.
“Please, please, do not hit a cow tonight.”
After a couple narrow misses, we settled into camp. The stars we found waiting for us were well worth every sudden swerve and gasp on the drive there. We sat silently for hours, just watching.