I finally got around to editing the batch of exposures I captured from our Marfa trip. Here are some of the photos from our prep day and our drive to El Cosmico.
Mom and I stayed in the whole day before that Sunday. We were preparing the food, since Lent had almost just started by that time, I needed some vegan camping foods. We stocked up on some snacks at Whole Foods, like nuts, nut butter packs, dried fruit, apples, plums, and oranges. Besides that, mom also decided to make some spanakopita rolls. They lasted us the whole trip.
Mom made them from scratch. Of course, I didn’t really help out, I just goofed off on the sideline, watching her and gawking at them like a little kid while they baked. It reminded me of when yiayia used to make them, I could just stare at her, and her hands the entire time she made them.
We also cooked some quinoa pasta, and sauteed some bell peppers, mushrooms and onions. To pair it with, we fried a lot of tofu, and brought fresh arugula to add to it, creating our own pasta salad. We did not go hungry. That’s for sure.
I also bought some packaged noodles, pilaf mixes, and ready to eat canned bean and couscous dinners. It really sustained me the whole while, and I didn’t have to worry about breaking my fast.
We didn’t really anticipate how long the drive was. It feels like forever driving west in Texas, it’s never-ending it seems like. But, it’s totally worth it. We listened to music, took naps in shifts, and just marveled at the sights. It was my first time driving far. My first road trip where I actually drove, I’m really quite proud of myself for being able to manage to drive half way.
I’m so glad I got to do this with two of the most important people in my life. It was quite the journey, I’m not sure they enjoyed themselves as much as I did, but I loved it. It’s something I’ll never forget.
After a while you can’t help but feel like you’ve passed the same bush a hundred times. It starts to blend, but if you look away you might miss something. Like a big hill, a bird, a deer, cattle, flowers, anything. It’s beautiful.
I was drawn in. I was open to it. I longed for it. The seclusion, the temporary isolation, the silence. To get away from all of the distractions, and just be thankful for every single thing.
Our first night at El Cosmico, the camping ground right outside of Marfa, was spent in one of their teepees. It was furnished with a bed, a day bed, a couch, lighting, and a mattress heater. But, it was still very cold, Spring had yet to make it’s arrival. Though the perk with the cold was that we didn’t have to worry about critters, bugs, or snakes. Sleeping in the teepee was an experience I’ll never forget, waking up in the middle of the night and going outside to look at the stars, was magic.