[View of Apline, Texas from my dad’s porch. Twin Peaks mountain in the background]
I’m writing this from Alpine, Texas, where my dad lives. Hanging here for the next week or two. Hardcore West Texas, Brewster County. Miles away from anywhere, just how I like it [Movies like “Giant”, “There Will Be Blood”, “Dancer, Texas” and “No Country For Old Men” were all filmed ’round here… not to mention, the famous Marfa Lights.]. Blogging light for the next while. Off to NYNY after this. Rock on.
“Hardcore West Texas” — love that description, and it’s so accurate. You’re way out west in the Lone Star State. Enjoy the isolation and the slower pace.
Alpine is one of my favorite places in Texas. What an awesome place to relax and escape NY. Alpine City Limits and La Casita, are sure to good give you a great meal.
O I hate to be that guy, but it’s “No Country for Old Men” as opposed to “Place”.
You know I’ve never been to Texas myself. Looking forward to it. Maybe someday. Never knew about the Marfa lights. I’ll bet a lot of that triggered the old “Project Bluebook” calls in the ’50s… 😉
I wonder what would happen if somebody had seen the “Northern Lights” back then?
“It’s An Invasion!”
Keep up the good work sir! Love your Big Blue Monster… 🙂
Welcome to Texas, sir. I’m up past Dallas in a the small town of Emory, Texas. hope you enjoy your stay and visiting with your father.
Ahh, I’m tempted to drive from Dallas to meet up with you Hugh.. I love the Alpine/Marfa area… great art and scenery.
If only I had 8 hours to spare (and that’s just one way). People sometimes forget just how big Texas really is.
I always think that “home” is imprinted on us like those little goslings imprint on a human hand and follow it around instead of their mum.
You always know when “you are home” – or at least your body does.
Have a fine time.
The cokes are on ice in the shed when you get back.Have a good time mate.
The real question is did you toss all the city slicker clothes and are in you in boots, jeans, and a nice Stetson? Better have a cold long neck while you are there.
Now I know why you’re good people.
Welcome to the area!
I drove across the Texas panhandle back when the feds had first dropped the speed limit to 55. I drove with my foot to the floor. Not sure how fast we were going, the speedometer only went up to 90. The only thing the Texas Rangers seemed concerned about was that I and the other “slower traffic” kept to the right lane and left the left lane open for the Rangers as they blew on by us like we were standing still.
Things are different in Texas.
We drive by Alpine four times a year on my “commute” from San Antonio to University of Nevada, Las Vegas. I often think about how nice it would be to “be there” in Alpine.
Not that long ago, it was still a two-newspaper town, perhaps because some other journalists kinda liked it there, too.
The sky is bigger, and the view is splendid. Makes you want to just set a spell and soak it all in …
i have friends in odessa, and my folks (parents, and a lot of my dad’s side of the family) in abilene.
hard core west texas indeed.