Marfa

Marfa

Marfa, Texas, population 2500, is most widely known for the dancing, mysterious lights out on the plateau. My daughter and her family live on a ranch outside of Marfa. The dancing lights are visible from her porch, but so are the mountains and cattle grazing on the lush grass. The open spaces and quiet are intoxicating, but not so the chickens that come on the porch. The ducks, geese and quail have the good sense to stay away from the yard. Non-Texans have discovered the town and the population appears to be a mix of locals and artistic wealthy people who are attracted to the area. Two very expensive restaurants exist as well as a luxury resort hotel. The grocery store is less than adequate and for any sort of shopping experience, that is for essentials, one must drive 25 miles to Alpine where there is a hospital, Sul Ross State University and no Walmart. The movie, “Giant” was filmed at Marfa, a classic production about oil, wildcatting, cattle ranching and Texas. Marfa is a unique town. Of course, I’ll be returning; my daughter, her husband, my grandson and one on the way live there.