Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Day 4 - May 25, 2016 - Pecos to Alpine via Marfa

Finally some mountains.  It was pretty flat from Pecos to Balmorhea, but just past that we hit the volcanic Davis Mountains.  Not a hard drive, but it wasn't flatland.  Here's a view.

Got to Ft. Davis about 9 AM.  This was a frontier fort astride the San Antonio-El Paso Road and close by the Comanche War Trail used to raid Mexico.  It was built in the 1840s, abandoned during the War, and rebuilt around 1867.  It was occupied by a Buffalo Soldier cavalry regiment for most of the time until it was closed in the 1890s.  It's a National Park site.

Next was Marfa, home of modern art and the ghost lights.  We had a good lunch and started looking for outre' art.  The Chinati Foundation features 'minimalist art by Donald Judd.'  We looked at one of his outdoor installations, which left Bill puzzled & Sandra checking it for solidity.

Also visited the Hotel Paisano, famous for its use during the filming of Giant.

And, of course, the Ghost Light Viewing Area, where we may visit tonight about 9 PM, since the lights don't show up until twilight & later.  Or, we may go to a ball game, or maybe... both - if we can stay awake.

Well, we didn't go to any.  There's a chance of thunderstorms here.  Today was 141.6 miles, 1145 for the trip..  Tomorrow it's on to Roswell via TX-118, TX-17 & US-285.

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