Flying Dolphin Baja

. . . by Jae Song.

We saw this object in the sky from some distance away on the road to Marfa.  At first I thought it was a small airplane until I realized it wasn’t moving.  Then I thought it might be a hot-air balloon, except that those are usually brightly colored.

As we got closer we realized it was some sort of tethered dirigible, which seemed to be in the shape of a dolphin.  As we passed it, it no longer looked like a marine mammal — just a miniature airship with a small enclosed gondola beneath it.

Since we were near Mexico, we concluded that it contained equipment for monitoring illegal border crossings — but who knows?

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[See the comments for the solution to the mystery . . .]

6 thoughts on “A PICTURE FROM THE ROAD

  1. Some 20 odd years ago my sons attended summer camp at Camp Prude in Fort Davis. When I went down to visit them we took a ride over to Marfa. We wanted to locate the old Giant set. Locals told us that the road was now cut off because a dirigible was anchored on it. They said that the dirigibles were there looking for drug smugglers.

    • Apparently that’s what it’s still doing. Odd to think that it’s anchored to the old “Giant” set.

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