Easter weekend we went on assignment with Red Cactus Media and roadtripped out of Austin towards West Texas. Inspired by Willie Nelson, we rolled down the highway like a band of gypsies. We dreamt big and enjoyed the massive change in environment from the lush hill country to the high and dry altitude of Marfa, Alpine and the Davis Mountians.
We awoke Saturday morning in Alpine Texas at the cozy Maverick Inn. It's gorgeous here, and I am up early sipping coffee in a vintage trailer they have on the propery just to lounge in. The golden sun is rising quickly and heating up the desert night cold air.
Caroline and Rebekah, owners of Red Cactus Media, are the perfect road trip companions. They sing, make you laugh, are down to go deep in converstaion and are generally up for any creative adventure.
Characters fill these West Texas towns, and I wish to hear each of their stories. We met Ellis E. Aldridge, who sells premium quality horse hay to ranchers. He enjoys a cup of black coffee at Penny's Diner every morning to prepare for a long and dusty day ahead.
As we make our way into Marfa, it's hard to tell the difference between real life and the bustling art scene. A tumbleweed rolling down the empty streets could easily be mistaken for an installation, when it is really just the way of nature out here.
Honestly, there is too much to see in Marfa in just a days time. Around every corner was a photo opportunity. Beautiful colors, natural landscape, funky art, old cars, charming dinning spots with world class cuisine. It's a photographers dream.
When you stop to reflect on everything that West Texas has to offer, you start to realize that even time feels like it has slowed down. You wont find much in the way of traffic or fast paced living. Taylor Swift and Pitbull are replaced by Willie, Waylon and the Boys. It's a certain type of nostalgia that ropes you in and reminds you that life is for living.
For a night cap, we followed the train tracks to the Holland Hotel. When you enter this establishment you are transported back to 1928, the year the Holland was built.
By the end of the trip we had fully embraced our new home at the roadhouse for wanderers.
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