On the Road | Texas
Texas | Marfa, Hill Country, Austin
Fact: I was in Texas foreverrr. Driving through West Texas was a never ending marathon of highways, desolate roads, and abandoned strip malls with the occasional gas stop. The further South the more isolated the landscape.
Marfa was a welcomed change of scenery. Driving by the famous Prada store installation as a tractor passed was a fitting prelude. The town is a lovely mix of artists, natives, Mexicans, cowboys, tourists and trusties - I think(?!) Three nights was not enough to understand this puzzling oasis but it left me curious and I will return. We stayed at the Lincoln Hotel in town. Our flat had a kitchen which came in handy because most restaurants and shops are closed M-W. In between touring Donald Judds Block (highly recommend/ no photos allowed) and The Chianti Foundation, we found ourselves glued to the St. George pool lounge chairs and Lost Horse bar stools. Per usual, Cody made magic out of nothing for our meals and we even had time to visit the laundry mat. BONUS.
After Marfa I had three nights of exploring/driving prior to meeting my mom in Austin. Most of Texas is privately owned making it very difficult to camp. I ended up at Pedernales Falls State Park- a beautiful setting with plenty of dipping holes, shady coverage and the occasional wild boar. I could have done without the herd rummaging within feet of my tent at 3AM. Yikes. That night was the official end to camping on my trip.
Hill Country outside of Austin is littered with tiny towns, wineries and live music. My favorite spot was Albert Ice House and Dance Hall in Albert, Tx where I most definitely visited twice in the same day. I also toured Linden B Johnson’s Ranch and had some beers in Luckenbach; hard to resist an old bar with kittens and country tunes.
My last stop was Austin. My mom flew in to meet me which was a wonderful change of pace, we did all the things you do on South Congress and found ourselves drinking Palomas and Modelos pool side at our hotel daily. Hard to beat a dip at Barton Springs followed by steak tartare.