Monday, January 27, 2020

Day 79 - Marfa, TX

We stopped at the Marfa Mystery Lights Viewing Center as overnight parking is permitted. Only 200 miles or so today. It seemed like a reasonable place to stop on our way to Big Bend National Park. AllStays says that the place gets crowded as people from town come out to see if they can see the lights. The plaque, pictured on the left, says that the lights were first reported in 1883 and the origin is unknown.

We passed the Prada Marfa artwork but there was no decent place to pull over with this RV. One of the problems with a large vehicle.

We filled up again using the TSD fuel program and saved 61¢/gallon. Only half a tank but it was still a $28 savings.

There is a nice viewing area that was privately funded (no state funding) with adjoining rest rooms and picnic tables.

We left the Licon Dairy early for us but well after the other two RVs. One was headed for Benson and the other for Big Bend. The RV park we are staying at in Big Bend is all the way at the southern border of the park so I modified our next stay in San Antonio to arrive one day later. It is over 400 miles between the two stops and since the San Antonio campground is a Thousand Trails, there are no assigned spaces. Getting there after dark wouldn’t be a good idea.

Used the Instant Pot to make dinner. I had it running for about 40 min (18 min building up pressure, 22 min at high pressure) plus made a cup of coffee with the Keurig. This used 32 AH from my battery bank. Or about 400 watt-hours.

Heavy clouds and rain to the west and north. Probably not going to see much tonight. Lots of wind too. We are southwest of Alpine.

Another week and I’ll be back home for a bit.


  1. Marfa and Alpine are on the Southern Tier bicycle route. 🙂
    Some friends spent a month last February in the area. They also visited Big Bend and had some nice pics from there. I almost went with them , but didn’t work out.

    1. I haven’t seen a bicycle tourist in months. A lot of day riders but no one with panniers. Or is that a thing of the past...