An Oasis on the Highway

The drive from El Paso to Marfa, while beautiful, is pretty unchanging – miles and miles of desert. Once you head east and leave the Mexico border, there are exactly 3 towns in the 125 miles before you hit Marfa. When I turned off I-10 onto Route 90, there were stretches where I couldn’t see another car on the road.

So pretty much anything looks interesting at that point – a FedEx truck, a pecan orchard, a herd of cattle, even the very occaisonal tree:

I was curious when I saw what seemed to be a concrete block up ahead. But it was starting to get dark, and I didn’t want to slow down. So I ended up barrelling past the “Prada, Marfa” art installation. Of course I’d read about it, I just didn’t expect it to be outside of Valentine, Texas, about 30 miles from Marfa. Fun surprise. It took me about a half a mile to decide to turn back. Uturn in the middle of the highway? No problem.

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