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Experience: Terlingua & Big Bend

Terlingua & Big Bend photodiary
Go to Terlingua, they said; it’s a ghost town, they said.

During our trip to South Western Texas I made a point to do something that was so Texas. I’ve somehow never been horseback riding in my life, and the desert of Texas felt like the right place for my first experience. We booked a sunset ride at the Big Bend Stables and asked around for advice on what to do near the area before hand. A friend had told us about Terlingua, and plenty of locals suggested it as well calling the “ghost town” a must see.
Personally, I found the place to be in a sort of confused limbo of Nationality and overall vibe. After reading a brief history of the town we found that it has flip-flopped between a Mexican and American territory almost too many times to count; really cool. It has also flitted between being a ghost of a town to being a happening place of prosperity. At present it survives on tourism, allowing guests to spend a few nights in a “renovated” brick home and filling their cars with souvenirs from the lone gift shop.

None the less, it was a cool experience with views you couldn’t beat. Can you believe some of those mountain in the distance are actually Mexico!?
Terlingua & Big Bend photodiary
Terlingua & Big Bend photodiary
Terlingua & Big Bend photodiary
Terlingua & Big Bend photodiary
Terlingua & Big Bend photodiary
Terlingua & Big Bend photodiary
After a few hours in the blistering sun we made our way down the road for our sunset ride with Big Bend Stables. Z’s horse was named “Whiskey” (of course) and mine was named “BonBon” and boy, did he love to eat! Despite him stopping for a trail side snack every few moments it was a great first horseback riding experience. And seeing the Texan sun set from the top of a mesa with my love was just the most romantic!
Terlingua & Big Bend photodiary
Terlingua & Big Bend photodiary
Terlingua & Big Bend photodiary

 

What do you think of the deep south of Texas? Have you ever been to Big Bend National Park?

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Experience: El Cosmico

El Cosmico Marfa
Every year I resolve to visit at least one new state. 2016’s came early in the year with a surprise trip to Texas that Z organized as a Christmas gift. One of the most exciting aspects of the trip was being able to spend a night in an actual teepee, in the desert of Western Texas. After hearing that desert temps can be utterly freezing I was a littler nervous, but the prospect still had me ready to give it a try. We flew into Austin spending a night in Music City and then hit the road for 7 hours west to the art hub of Marfa.
El Cosmico Marfa
El Cosmico Marfa
El Cosmico Marfa
We arrived to Marfa’s El Cosmico around sunset, just in time to check out our teepee among the changing colors of the sky. We made our way to our space, one of 3 teepees on the “campground” nestled between decked out RVs, yurts, and safari tents. We started a fire (they’re gas run so it was easy and fast to light!), turned on our heated mattresses (#heavenly), and snuggled in with a bottle of red wine from the El Cosmico store.
El Cosmico Marfa
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El Cosmico Marfa
El Cosmico Marfa
El Cosmico Marfa
After a warm night’s sleep (and a couple of freezing layered runs to the communal, space heater-run bathroom) my internal clock woke me up in time to catch the planetary alignment and watch the sunrise. When you’re out in the flatlands of the desert the sun rises fast, but I tried my best to capture the ombre colors racing across the sky. It helped that Western Texas is notorious for its clear skies that have some of the best stargazing, and it totally lived up to it’s name!
El Cosmico Marfa
El Cosmico Marfa

We spent the morning grabbing a lazy breakfast at Buns N’ Roses and enjoying the warm fire as the temperature outside raced towards warmth. We made another lap around the El Cosmico store, stocking up on postcards, tee shirts, and bumper stickers before heading out to our next hotel-and a much needed shower (because even though the temps were warming I still wasn’t ready for an outdoor shower in January).

 

All in All, I totally loved staying at El Cosmico.

While it’s known to be packed (as the whole town swells with tourists) from mid-March through November it was great to be able to see and stay in such a cool and unique area which was perfect for bloggertunities. If you ever head to Marfa I definitely recommend El Cosmico for at least one night. I suggest the teepee if it’s a more romantic trip (thanks Z :*) but if you’re going with your girls then I suggest the RV campers, which sleep more people and each have their own (outdoor) shower and bathroom.

Be sure to stay tuned for more from our trip to Texas!

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