New Mexico to Texas

After a night in the Pancho Villa State Park, which we nicknamed “The Most Confusing Campground in the World,” we managed to find the park exit and headed to Texas on the I-10, dropping down through El Paso onto Highway 90 to Marfa, Texas, a small art town made world famous by sculptor Donald Judd.

Truck stop in New Mexico

The most notable sight on the drive to Marfa was a group of vultures enjoying a coyote by the side of the road. We had to assume it was Wile E. Coyote himself, as we saw a roadrunner scurrying past looking triumphant.

Marfa's iconic "Prada Store" art piece.

For our camping spot I picked El Cosmico—I told Jim this was because it would give us a taste of the artsy vibe of Marfa, but really, it was that I found out they had a grove of hammocks you could hang out in.

El Cosmico is a “hotel” made up of vintage trailers, teepees, safari tents and yurts that you can rent. You can also tent camp, or as we did, park in a secluded area of the parking lot.

We arrived to find a group of high school seniors setting up tents in the meadow, a feast being cooked up in the communal kitchen, people in city clothes hauling sleeping bags in fashionably stenciled wagons to their teepees, and a live band. We noticed the band’s touring stops and dates roughly match our route for the next several days, so we may run in to them again!

We enjoyed a fun, if slightly noisy night at the campground, and a morning of sipping free coffee in El Cosmico’s minimalist/southwest/lobby/boutique/lounge area before heading out for some of the sights.



Melissa is the co-pilot, list-maker, and truck-packing-tetris-master of the trip. She hopes to do yoga in the fresh air every morning of the trip, weather permitting. At Apple Canyon Designs, she’s the project manager and copywriter, as well as working with Jim on photography and video.