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Big Bend on our way to Terlingua via Marfa


 

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Dinner at the Café Cenizo was wonderful. We split an entrée of buffalo steak with grilled vegetables and potatoes and a banana nut bread French Toast brulee. The White Buffalo bar was cozy with an inviting fire. Afterward we hurried to our room amidst wind and rain. A cat begged admittance and she sat in my lap while we listened to more of Jude the Obscure. She fell asleep in the chair until about three when she decided to sleep with Glen. I awoke with the cat in bed with me purring loudly (the cat—not me).

 

In the morning, we had a light breakfast in a room reminiscent of the Hacienda Estrada in Mexico. The table was simple planks with leather chairs but the paintings by Alexander Moran were framed elegantly in gilt. I took a lot of photos of the frozen fountains but was glad my truck started and even happier when that big diesel engine started putting out the heat.

 

We decided to drive to Marfa to see the Donald Judd exhibit. The roads were icy and we saw several jack-knifed truck-trailers on the way. The Judd exhibit was only open to tours at 10 and 2; and having missed the first tour we decided to drive on to Terlingua. Unfortunately there was a train in Alpine and we ended up at the Big Bend Museum housed in Sul Ross State University campus. The museum is pleasantly arranged with a nice traveling exhibit of Goofus glass and the Indian Center posters.

 

By this time, the roads had cleared considerably and we made our way to Chisos Mining Company Motel. We also made arrangements for a raft trip in the morning through the Colorado Canyon in the State Park.

 

Dinner was at the Starlight; Glen had the prickly pear margarita and stuffed Portobello mushrooms.

 

Tomorrow will be an early day.

 

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