Marfa TX is off the main roads through West Texas, and traveling there you see very few other people along Hwy 90. Yet, as the sun starts to dip in the western sky, cars start to roll in to the Marfa Lights Visitor Center. Calling it a "Visitor Center" is a stretch because it is just a rest area with a balcony... unless they meant visitors from another galaxy....
First, a van containing an entire family rolled in. They brought blankets ( a good idea in the cold windy evening) lawn chairs, and dinner. They set up their picnic on the viewing platform and waited for the sun to set. Next came a mid 60's gentleman. He was recording the event. He said the date and time and then, "we are investigating the lights of Marfa...." It all sounded very sci fi....
By the time we were all prepared to meet the aliens, the parking lot was full. All tourists. Each of us wanting to be the first to see the lights dancing on the desert. (The video below will explain more about the Marfa lights)
We watched and waited. Look ! Red Lights!....No they are just tail lights from a car.... White Lights!! Fooled again. We didn't see any dancing lights and later the locas told us that when it is really windy they don't show up. We had fun anyway and maybe we will see them next time we are through here.
The Next Morning....Shopping At Prada
Valentine, Texas is only a few miles west of Marfa on Hwy 90. There we found a building - all by itself... a Prada Store? We had to get out to look. I particularly liked the Prada purses in the window. They looked very chewy.
In 2005, the brainchild of Berlin-based artistic team Elmgreen and Dragset, Prada Marfa was meant to be a “pop architectural land art project.” Costing a sum total of $80,000 - about 40 Prada handbags and shoes, it is a perpetual art installation and not a store, but we couldn't resist a little window shopping.
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