1. The photo above was taken in Marfa, Texas. Marfa is an isolated art community stuck in the West Texas Chihuahuan Desert. A few movies were filmed there including “No Country for Old Men” and “Giant”. We first went there in 2009 to see Bon Iver play a free show. Even though my husband teased me about it not really being free since we were driving the 500 or so miles each way to attend, we both fell in love with the drive, the town, and the entire atmosphere and attitude of Marfa. We even convinced a couple of friends to join us on a trip there at New Year’s 2013 for my dream come true: a champagne desert dance party. But I’ll save that story for another time.
2. I love road trips most of all, even if they take longer and are at times weary. Something about a long drive with the open road is so liberating and makes me think of endless possibilities. I especially love making playlists to accompany the journey. It helps to make the memories of the road more concrete. My husband and I love to talk about our hopes and dreams as we drive along to our destination.
3. I have never been to New York or Paris, even though they are my dream destinations. My brother just moved to New York, which means I will definitely have to visit soon. I did drive through New York with my family on the way to a wedding in Connecticut one time, and it took us about 3 hours to go roughly a mile At least that’s the way I remember the story.
4. We go to Arkansas usually twice a year to visit my family. I grew up there, but moved to Dallas when I was 9, and to Aggieland when I was 18. So most of my family is still in Little Rock or nearby. When we go in the summer, we try to make it up to Memphis where my aunt (hi Mary Ann!) has a condo and we get to explore and visit all that the city has to offer. This summer, we’re thinking about visiting the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. We’ve heard wonderful things. You can even zip line in a cave at one of the distilleries.
5. We love the flexibility that life in Aggieland offers us. It’s equally distant from Austin and Houston, and Dallas and San Antonio. Texas has a lot of great cities to explore and we try to make as many small trips around those that we can. Often times, this just means driving to Austin just for the evening when we’re seriously craving some Homeslice.
6. I think I’ve always been a spontaneous person, and I either transferred that blessing (curse?) to my husband when we got married, or we just both bring it out in each other. Since we’ve been married, we have taken some pretty major trips on a total whim. The first time we went to Marfa was on two days’ notice. That next year, on Memorial Day, we didn’t have any plans. On Friday or Saturday night, we had gone to the grocery store, and got home kind of late (9 or 10). When we pulled into the driveway, we talked about what we were going to do for the weekend. We both kind of looked at each other and said, “Wanna go to New Orleans?”. So we booked a hotel that night, woke up at 6 the next morning, and drove to New Orleans. This was a real treat because it was supposed to be our honeymoon destination. Unfortunately, Hurricane Katrina hit three months before our wedding and we had to cancel.