Marty and I have been planning the drive to West Texas since last October, and because of minor setbacks we never got to make the drive (or thought we ever would). Fast forward to now, we have finally checked that off our sister bucket list. I didn’t know we were actually doing the road trip until two days before we left, which ended up being better than planning months ahead. Marty moved to New York recently and we decided before she moved we should do something huge. And this was that.
We left Houston around midnight, got to Austin where we chatted it up with Jake around 3am, took a 3 hour nap and started our 10-hour road trip to Marfa, TX. That might sound bad, but the drive wasn’t as brutal as we thought. Our first stop was the Sonora Caverns. We got there around 11:30am and lucked out with the last two tour tickets at 12pm of the cave. Seriously, one of the coolest things we’ve done all summer. We were 150 feet below the Earth’s surface and everything was so beautiful.
2 miles and an hour and a half later, the tour was over. We got back into our car and drove westward where our next stop would be in Fort Davis. We quickly knew we weren’t anywhere near home when all we could see for miles were mountains. After hours of driving, laughing, and snapchatting (duh), we finally reached our final destination of the day. We rented a cabin, got something to eat at one of the few local Fort Davis restaurants and started our drive up a mountain to the McDonald Observatory. I couldn’t even make it half way up the mountain without pulling over and getting out. The views were too beautiful for me to just drive past it. When we finally got to the top of the mountain, the sun was almost gone. One of the coolest things we’ve done together, by far. I’m a big fan of stargazing, so my excitement was at an all-time high. When the moon finally came out, I mistook it for the sun. Seriously, as bright as the sun.
The next day we drove to Valentine where we would finally get to see Prada Marfa.