[Photo by Jae Song]
Jae and I decided to spend Christmas Day exploring the country around Marfa. We drove down to Big Bend National Park and through its many splendors, often following the course of the Rio Grande.
Jae stopped often to take photographs. He got obsessed with the windmills used to haul up water from deep wells.
We passed through Terlingua, a ghost town at the site of what used to be a cinnabar mine — cinnabar is the mineral from which mercury is extracted. There were ruins of old adobe structures and rusted machinery, dating as far back as the 1880s, spread out over the landscape. Wim Wenders used the location in Paris, Texas. The place had a mournful air.
In general, though, the countryside we saw was exhilarating.
When we got back to Marfa we discovered that even Padre’s was not serving food, which meant we had to race to the local gas station convenience store before it closed (at 7pm) to find something to eat. It was literally the only choice.
We picked up some spicy chicken nuggets and some burritos which we heated in the motel microwave. It was not the extravagant Christmas dinner we had envisioned, but it was just fine. When there’s no food at the inn, you make do as you can.
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