• Once Upon a Time in Big Bend

    Once Upon a Time in Big Bend

    It seems that the most interesting feelings on spending thirty days in a tent occur on the first days home. With Boss in the driveway, packed full of soaking wet tent and dirt encrusted gear from our last two nights in a rainforest on the Florida panhandle, we sit on a cushy sofa in a…



    The stretch of road on 17 between Davis Mountain and the I-10 entrance in Balmorhea is a fingerling wonderland. Rocks outcroppings shaped like the potatoes, stacked one on top of another, stretching high to the sky and long on the land; kind of like the hoodoos but in contemporary impressionistic sort of way. But once…

  • Brand it: MARFA

    Brand it: MARFA

    In the West Texas region, MARFA is the reigning brand ambassador. We’ve been fortunate enough to pass through the area three times, five years ago in Betty, two in Roxie, and now in Trango. Like Air Jordans to basketball, Coca Cola to soft drinks, or Disney World to amusement parks, we have watched the progression…

  • Alpine Marathon

    Alpine Marathon

    It was 29 degrees last night and the review of the new Trango 4 tent by Mountain Hardwear is in. The Trango 4 is professional level tenting. You can tell immediately when you pull on a sturdy zipper. The material quality is tough. The design shouts experienced outdoorsman. And, when it is 29 degrees outside…

  • Tenacious Fort D

    Tenacious Fort D

    There’s a West Texas Tri-County Triangle of Big Bend country in Fort Davis, Marfa and Alpine, with a Marathon extension. About 30 driving miles separate them from one another but they’re worlds apart in size and vibe. Marfa is an art mecca. Alpine is the largest town and county seat. Fort Davis is tenaciously trying…

  • Slow Down in the Big Bend

    Slow Down in the Big Bend

    We’re tech addicts. When there are no bars we’re in withdrawal and when there’s wifi we’re high. When the phone goes missing, we panic. When the battery hits the red zone we scramble for charge. We are dependent on it for directions, information, reviews and pictures. Technology poses as a helpful friend ready to make…

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