Daughter stares blankly out onto the horizon.
3.) Marfa is a Magical Place– Maybe it’s because of affinity pool of sprawling green land, blue, peach, and lavender skies, and perfectly molded mountains. Or maybe it’s the fact that you can stand in the middle of nowhere and hear absolutely nothing. Maybe it’s because you feel like you’ve stepped back into time, like in a James Dean movie. Or maybe it’s because you’re in a West Texas town full of New Yorkers, Austinites, and Angelenos and you’re exactly what the locals hate. Either way, the perfect mix of small town from a bygone era and the arts and culture of the big city makes for Marfa one of my favorite destinations ever.
4.) That New Mexico Offers Roads With No Salvation– There is nothing like the sweat and fear that comes with having to go pee and knowing that there is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT. I know for you men, it’s easy, but for us women, it’s kind of obvious if we squat on the side of the road with only barren desert landscape as far as the eye can see. There is really no “hiding to pee” when it comes to New Mexico. Throwing a blanket over yourself and walking up to someone’s ranch fence about twenty feet from the interstate doesn’t make you invisible.
5.) The Coolest Town Name Exists in New Mexico– Have you heard of a cooler town name than Truth or Consequences? I had been fascinated with this town for months now and glad I finally got to see it. Originally called Hot Springs, due to the natural springs that run through the town, T or C was renamed after winning a contest for the radio program, “Truth or Consequences”. It’s a funky little town full of hip retirees and their terriers. Also the killing spot of this scary dude.
6.) That Georgia O’Keefe Was a Badass- Not just because she was an extremely talented artist, but because she totally left behind her New York life to live out in the badlands of New Mexico by herself. Mom and I went to the Georgia O’Keefe museum in Santa Fe, and I have to tell you, it’s totally worth checking out. O’Keefe had such class and character. I love this pic by Yousuf Karsh below.
7.) That the Streetlights in Roswell Look Like This- And that if I were still obsessed with Fox Mulder, I would have tried climbing the streetlamp and humping it.
8.) That It’s Hard Not to See Giant Phalluses in Nature- They’re everywhere. See example below from Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico.
9.) That Sometimes You Get Stuck in Your Bubble– When you live in a big city, it’s easy to forget that extreme poverty exists in many areas of America. That once thriving towns are reduced to abandoned main streets and dilapidated houses. That we need to focus on helping each other more.