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Marfa

On the final few days of our trip to Marfa we really settled in and got comfortable. It was nice being able to remember where things are without having to refer to a map all the time, like our first trip, and revisiting all our old haunts from our first trip.

We also settled in, quite literally, to our Airbnb and immediately felt right at home. It’s incredible what a difference having your own apartment makes on whether you feel like a tourist or a local.

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Usually at this point of the month I would do a “Lovely Things” post, with a roundup of nice things I found online. But today I’m shifting gears to feature one of my favorite new spaces in Marfa: Do Your Thing coffee shop. Maybe “Nice Space” will turn into its own series? We’ll see.

After a morning spent on wind-swept plains at the Chinati Foundation, Fred and I were cold, starving, and needed more caffeine. It was time for us to…ahem…do our thing.

(sorry)

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The whole reason that Marfa, a town in the middle of nowhere, started getting attention in the first place, eventually drawing people like me to its desert landscapes, is Donald Judd. The artist moved there in the 1970s in search of simple surroundings that complemented his style of modern sculpture.

At the time, the seat of Presidio County was no more than a former army base and ranching town, although it had gained some notoriety from its ghost lights and being the filming location of the movie “Giant.”

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I never thought we’d go back to Marfa. Our last trip there was amazing but admittedly a bit harrowing. It was a seven-hour drive, with us filling the boredom with podcasts and Mexican cokes as endless desert vistas roll past the windows. Being IN Marfa is incredible, but the journey there? Not much to write home about.

And for this trip we didn’t have as many days off as last time, either. But when Fred said he wanted to go back, I found some cheap flights to El Paso and a car rental and figured why not?

And now that we know how easy that method is, we might get the temptation much more often…

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A little over a year ago we took a roadtrip to Marfa, Texas. I opted to go on a break from technology while we were there, aside from taking photos, of course. I guess once we got back home I wanted to continue that feeling of tech-free simplicity because I never got around to editing all those shots — until now.

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