The wind continued through the night and morning found the visibility poor at best. The dirt in the air obscured the vistas so we decided to take the north route out of Big Bend to the little town of Marathon. The temps were in the eighty’s and the sun was shinning, really quite of beautiful day once we left the park. Marathon, TX aka “the gateway to Big Bend” is a small quaint town about 50 miles north of the Big Bend with a population of 500. There is not a lot to do, but there is a lovely hotel called the Gage, a coffee shop, soda shop and a few art galleries. Despite its small size we spend about 4 hours wandering it’s street and capturing some great images.
A local artist, James H. Evans moved to Marathon in 1988 to dedicate his life to photographing the Big Bend landscape and its people; he has a gallery in town and his studio as well. Some amazing photography www.jameshevans.com
While enjoying an ice-cold hand-made milk shake at the local “soda shop” ( for lack of a better term).
A gentlemen rode up on a unicycle…yup that’s what I said! He had left southern California a month earlier and was unicycling across the country…takes all kinds! 🙂 I asked him why and he said it’s something he wanted to do..not raising awareness or for any cause, just because he wanted to.
We left Marathon in the afternoon and headed back to Big Bend..The sky on the way home was full of great clouds….
…we stumbled upon an abandoned building that has apparently been taken over by some locals, I would guess teenagers by the volume of empty beer bottles, but the site begged for a photo-op….
We decided it was time to have a dinner out…Back in Terlingua is a famous restaurant/bar called the Starlight. http://www.thestarlighttheatre.com/ The food was great, the atmosphere fun and the live entertainment…well I’ll let you decide. Here is the u-tube link to a new song dedicated to and about Terlingua also known by its zip code of 79852. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kdeSz4Y8-k We were totally entertained and had such fun. At some point during the ride home we were laughing so hard I had to pull over because the laughter tears were running down my cheeks and I couldn’t see where I was driving!!! We’d had a great day!
One more day of our adventure..stay tuned