Because San Diego is 1,340 miles away from Waco, I was unable to go home for fall break. What I was able to do was go to Marfa, TX with 14 other members of my church. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. We left at 5:30 on Thursday evening to head to Marfa and a short 7 hours later, arrived at our destination, the middle of nowhere. After setting up camp, I laid down and stared at the stars for probably a good thirty minutes before my body said it was time for bed.
The next day was full of exploring what Marfa had to offer us, which wasn't much, but we made the most out of it. We went to a few art galleries that held work from artist such as Andy Warhols last supper. We even went to Marfa's own radio station and got a quick tour. The main thing that we did on Friday evening was travel up to the McDonald observatory in the Davis Mountains. The only lights that the observatory offered up there were red and they helped you see where you were walking and they were all pointed down so that the direct light wouldn't ruin your adjusted vision. It is said that it takes about 45 minutes of not looking at bright screens or other sources of light for your eyes to adjust. This allowed us to see stars and galaxies that you wouldn't normally see. It was absolutely beautiful.
Saturday was the big day. I woke up to a beautiful sunrise, put on my hiking boots and sun hat and headed back to the Davis mountains to go on a hike. This was definitely the best part of the trip. We hiked about 10 miles to the top of Mt. Livermore (8,500 ft.)! Although the hike was tough and treacherous at parts, it was such a beautiful day. From my experience of Texas, I've only known flat land so this looked nothing like Texas to me.
Sunday, we were greeted by another amazing sunrise (pictured to the left) as we got back on the road to head home. In the end, 14 hours of driving was worth the trip to Marfa for fall break.
My weekend links will be back next Friday.