Marfa & Big Bend / by Tess Cagle

I kicked off the new year by going on a road trip with some new friends. I've been wanting to go to Marfa for awhile– I think it's safe to say that the Prada Marfa art installation is a destination goal for most Austin hipsters. Big Bend was just an incredible, last minute, added bonus. The drive was long but I can't think of more than just a few moments that weren't absolutely enjoyable. 

For those who are unaware– Marfa, TX is popularly known for it's thriving art scene and, most notably, the celebrity's who make the trek to the little town (Queen Bey!) We got to see Prada Marfa and view the Marfa lights, but had to miss out on most of the art galleries in the city. We'll be back for that. 

In Big Bend, we went on the Lost Mines Trail. (Typical for us to pick the one spot with the word "lost" in it.) We learned pretty quickly that Big Bend is BIG (go figure) and that most things in the park are two hours away. The park was absolutely gorgeous and we thankfully survived without any bear encounters or one of us falling off a cliff. Once again, we'll definitely be back for more. 

I'm not going to lie– this trip gave me a whole new appreciation for Texas. It's comforting to know that there are still spaces and long stretches of highway that are uninhabited and free of big corporations. It's humbling to see that small towns still thrive and that there are still people out there who just take it easy. A typical sucker for sunsets, it was a dream come true getting to see one at Big Bend. It was even cooler to get to see the stars for once. Texas can be pretty cool, y'all. 

My biggest advice to anyone planning a trip out west: set aside a lot of time. Like a week. Two days just wasn't enough for us, especially considering at least 50% of the trip ended up getting dedicated to driving. Believe it or not, there's actually quite a bit to do in the middle of nowhere.