Marfa, Texas makes the New York Times list of places to make an appearance in 2016. “A destination for those attracted to the funky and low-key vibe that endures despite the high wattage work on view.”
Expectations for our 2015 Thanksgiving weekend in Marfa: Clear blue, long view desert horizons. Camping amongst the cacti and roadrunners. Roaming from coffee shops and taco trucks to art installations and bookstores.
And look above, it happened. Minus the clear, blue part. Day two presented torrential freezing rain, a flooded campsite, and a shivering dog. Despite all that, the highlights:
• El Cosmico hotel and campground. Tent camping is $30/night and includes hot showers, good coffee, and a fireplace.
• Marfa Book Company and Do Your Thing coffee shop. With a shared wall, they provided us a chill afternoon out of the rain.
• Mirth homewares. Japanese notebooks, Turkish towels, wooden spoons.
• Food Shark. The truck opened at noon and everyone came out of hiding. Seating's out back inside a Blue Bird bus.
• Porter's grocery store. Thank you for the hot ramen we had in the tent on that wicked, fifteen degree night in Marfa, Texas.