Thursday, April 18, 2019

Marathon - Alpine - Marfa

We spent the night in Marathon parked in front of the library.  The librarian, Darrah, is very friendly and offered us the spot.  Only thing was we had to wait until after the library closed at 6 p.m.  In the meantime, we went to Angie's Snack Shack and split an order of nachos.   Angie's is a wonderful place with very friendly people and we recommend the place.  Like everything in the U.S., it seems expensive to us.  They had a dinner special that was chicken fried steak, potatoes, corn, green beans, cherry pie for dessert and your choice of drink.  A lot of food and I am sure we could have split that. 

The night was super quiet and the moon lit up the streets.  We watch a video, read for a while and hit the hay,.  Slept most of the night until around three a.m. when I heard noises outside.  Probably a do walking around the trailer and his paws hitting the gravel.   I fell asleep and woke up at 7 a.m.  We bought a new French press and it works really well.  

There is a county park in Marathon that is five miles off the highway.  Good paved road and the park has lots of tall shade trees and a river runs through it.  It is a birding spot, fishing is allowed and also swimming at your own risk.   There were only a couple of birders there and a guy fishing with his pup.  The sign on the main drag in Marathon says, County Park, No Camping.  When we got to the park it said camping by permission from the county with a phone number.  We may try it on our way home.  We saw wild turkeys showing off their colors on the road to the park.  Another possible overnight spot.

We headed out to Alpine this morning and we met up with Mike (Wandering).  We chatted for a few and then headed out for lunch at La Casita.  Very good Tex Mex and the conversation was great.  Mike then gave us a tour of Alpine including the golf course, his rv park where he lives and he has a great fifth wheel.  It's obvious he is enjoying his time in Alpine.  We will most likely return to Alpine for a day or two.

We are now in Marfa parked in front of the library.  Excellent wifi signal and pictures are uploading easily.  We've been to the Marfa Lights and have boondocked out there but have yet to come to town until today.  Pretty impressive and there seem to be quite a few touristy places to visit.  We will spend the night out at the lights and then come back into town before heading back to Alpine if that is the plan.

I need to post a blog with all of the wildflowers, cactus, and wildlife.  The Canon is working out well and we are learning more and more as we use it on our trips.