Jason and I first heard about Marfa, Texas a few years ago on one of the ghosthunter shows we watch. The Marfa Lights are mystical orbs that appear in the distance across the mountainside and on the desert floor. There are a lot of theories as to what they are. Everything from ghosts or aliens to undiscovered creatures or unknown atmospheric conditions. A lot of people think they are simply car headlights, however, they’ve been seen since the late 1800’s—before the invention of the automobile. Jason was convinced it was nothing more than the Marfa mayor running across the desert with a flashlight. Because if it is a hoax…it’s a good one. It’s pretty much put Marfa on the map and causes people like us to drive hundreds of miles out of the way to get a glimpse at the mayor…err the mystery lights. We were surprised to find they even have a fancy light viewing area. We arrived in Marfa on August 22nd and made a b-line straight for the light viewing area. We weren’t disappointed. Shortly after dusk settled in, we began to see the lights dancing around the horizon. Across the mountain face and on the desert floor. They split, changed colors and positions. It definitely wasn’t something we could easily explain. And nope, definitely wasn’t the work of the mayor. If you guys have any theories as to what the Marfa Lights are, leave a comment below!
We stayed at Apache Pines RV Park which was next to an old neon sign on the edge of town in the middle of the desert. We still aren’t sure if the park is even operating. There were 3 other trailers (2 of them Airstreams) and an unattended office where we left a check for the night in a designated box. Strangely enough, the park is marked as permanently closed on Google and we intended on staying in Alpine. But this park was calling our name. Well, my name anyway. Jason was fairly certain we were going to get murdered and was convinced all of the trailers there were props. 😂 It was a little creepy though. There even was a black widow next to the power socket when Jason lifted the lid on the box. So if it weren’t an ax murderer that was going to get us, it was going to be a black widow. When dusk fell, the only light in the area came from the lonely neon sign. And the milky way – brighter than we’ve ever seen it. I photographed the Milky Way that night and heard the terrifying sound of something crawling up my camera bag that was straddled between my legs. I screamed and quickly shined my phone light down to see what I was sure was going to be a giant tarantula. Nope. A walking stick. A really, really big walking stick. Not as horrifying as a tarantula…but still. I’m just glad he didn’t decide to climb my leg and chose my backpack instead!
Another cool thing to see on the way out of town is the Prada Marfa art installation. According to the New York Times, it cost $120,000 and was intended to never be repaired, so it might slowly degrade back into the natural landscape. It’s a pretty eerie sight along the side of an otherwise completely deserted landscape. Make sure you walk around the building—there’s a fence full of colorful locks left by visitors.