Journal entry of a Marfa-philePosted: August 13, 2012
What’s so great about Marfa? For me? Everything.
When was the last time you gleaned inspiration from a mini-bar? And yet here at the Thunderbird you have a thoughtful assortment that is not only an aesthetic delight but a testament to what makes a guest comfortable. What you want vs. what you need…or both as exemplified by their basket of offerings.
As we were headed to Cloudcroft, NM after 9 days in Southern Arizona enjoying the “nature show”, live, in 4-D and surround sound we decided to change our course. Although Cloudcrot with it’s 9,000 ft elevation would provide a welcome change in temperature, I realized I wasn’t ready to give up the feeling of wide open spaces. Enter M-A-R-F-A on the navigation, add 2 hours of driving time and suddenly we had a car full of smiles and anticipation. My kids love Marfa, my husband loves Marfa, it seems even the dog is a fan.
So what is it about this place? Truth be told, I don’t love Marfa for it’s art. When we visit we almost never check-out the amazing galleries or must see installations. However I love looking at all of the people who ARE drawn to Marfa because of the art. These folks have style, they’ve created looks for themselves….so I guess in a way it the art draws me as well.
I love Marfa for the Food Shark and The Get Go. I love the cowboys eating alongside the hipsters. I love that a town with the population 2121 has a restaurant with a $33 pasta. The real thing I love is how I feel in Marfa, my thoughts don’t feel like ideals, they feel like attainable, tangible, do-able things! I think it’s the balance of things, there is more land visible than the evidence of man. It’s easy to remember the thing I call my life, with my iPhone reminders, meal plans and scheduled activities are mainly distractions from the actual LIVING part of life.
How can a place feel like home when I’ve never lived there? There was a moment when I thought I would, live in Marfa, that is. But I’m scared I’ll ruin it.
P.S. Thanks to the Thunderbird’s mini-bar I’m kinda in love with this product.