After leaving Falcon State Park, I stayed at Lake Casa Blanca State Park, around 60 miles away, to wait out some bad winds. From there, went to Seminole Canyon State Park and Historic Site, just past the town of Del Rio. At Del Rio, you leave southern Texas brush country behind and enter the Chihuahuan desert. Next stop was the small town of Alpine, north of Big Bend National Park. I had thought I’d stop at Big Bend, but the weather this season has been too wild and more rain was due in two days. I continued on to Deming, New Mexico, to wait out that rain. It is always a bit of a jolt to leave the rural areas I have been staying in for a number of months and then drive the interstate through a large city, in this case El Paso to get to Deming.
In going from Falcon State Park to Deming, I had to stop at 4 border inspection stations. At the first stop, an agent even went into my trailer. First time that has occurred. Noticed they have a complex system of cameras and other equipment to get pictures of each car, both front and rear. Bet they are using face recognition software. Most checkpoints also had a working dog sniff your vehicle.
I love the town of Marfa, Texas, with it’s combination of art and ranching. It was most recently made famous as where Randy Quaid and his wife were arrested. I tried staying in Alpine, instead of Marfa, because they have nicer rv parks. Next time I’ll stick it out in Marfa’s one cramped park. You can boondock in rest areas if the weather permits (which it didn’t this trip).
Last year when I left Marfa heading to the I-10, I passed what you see in the picture above, out in the middle of nowhere. I was going around 60 mph and just made out the words Prada – Marfa. This time I made sure to drive slow and pull over to get a picture. It was created by artists in 2005. They got the approval of Prada to use their name. There are some purses and high heel shoes on display. The “door” is fake.
Ballroom Marfa is the non-profit art center that helped create the Prada – Marfa work. The second picture is obviously an old gas station made into an art center. The art community either reuses old buildings or builds new buildings that blend right in.
At Lake Casa Blanca State Park there were a couple of hundred dead fish on the shore. The visitor center said they were tropical fish that were not supposed to be there. They died as the water got colder. The second picture shows a caracara making a meal of one of the fish.
Pictured below: I was so surprised to see mountain goats a little past Seminole Canyon State Park and Historic Site. There were puddles of water in rocky areas that may have allowed them to graze there. Before the town of Marathon, and after the town of Alpine, saw several small groups of pronghorn elk.