New Place // Marfa, Texas
Marfa is a one-stoplight town in the middle of the Chihuahuan desert in west Texas. It’s three hours to the nearest airport and home to just about 2,000 people. I’ve never been to Texas, but this little oasis has been calling my name for some time. Sitting on a plateau between mountain ranges in the hot and dry sun, this little unassuming town is home to a growing number or reasons to make the trek:
Marfa and the surrounding wilderness has been the backdrop for a number of westerns, including James Dean’s final film Giant. Two more recent films you might have heard of, No Country for Old Men and There Will Be Blood were also filmed here. Check out Marfa’s film festival happening every summer.
Marfa has an incredible art scene that began in the 1970’s when minimalist artist Donald Judd moved to town. See Judd’s work at the Chinati Foundation, an Air Force Base turned 340-acre gallery and sculpture space.
Vast open spaces and dark nights provide the perfect opportunity for a UFO spotting. Marfa’s Mystery Lights have been entertaining visitors for 100+ years.
Where to Stay
Although there are a few really nice hotels in town, El Cosmico is something a little out of the ordinary. Situated on 21 acres, you can rent a converted airstream trailer, teepee, yurt or even pitch your own tent. Wood fired hot tubs are available for rent and they also host happening parties, events, and workshops throughout the year.
Cool Thing // Boot Lacing
You’ve been fitted with the perfect size boot and are wearing the perfect socks, but your foot still doesn’t feel right. Did you know there are different ways to tie your laces to optimize fit? I learned this the hard way last summer after losing both my big toenails on a downhill decent. After 10+ hours of hiking, I just thought the pain was unavoidable. With every step, my foot slid forward and jammed against the front of my boot. After doing a bit of research after the fact I discovered there are many ways to lace your boots to eliminate certain issues like heel slipping, blisters, top foot pressure, cramped toes and more. There are even ways to lace your boots if you have narrow or wide feet.
Best Self // Eliminating Coffee/Caffeine
I’ve been a 1-2 cup/day coffee drinker for over 10 years. Going just a few hours without my morning coffee I would get a terrible headache that could potentially ruin the rest of my day. Coffee is not the worst thing to be addicted to but I did not like the fact that if I did not have a cup, there was a negative consequence. Although coffee is a source of antioxidants, check out these 20 reasons to consider cutting back or giving it up.
About a month ago I set out to slowly reduce my coffee intake to nothing. Here is what I did:
- Week 1: No more than 1 cup/day
- Week 2: ½ cup – ¾ cup/day
- Week 3: no more than ½ cup/day
- Week 4: Cold Turkey
Yes, the first 3 days of week 4 were terrible. Day one no coffee I got a terrible headache and had to take a nap (which I never do). The second and third days I had a headache and my whole body felt sore and cramped. By day four I woke up without a headache and felt great. It’s now been over 2 weeks without coffee. Two things I have noticed since quitting is my quality of sleep is better and my energy levels throughout the day are more consistent.
I am not saying I will never drink coffee again but I like knowing it does not have control over me. When I do reintroduce coffee to my system I don't plan on letting it get to be an everyday habit. Enjoying coffee a few times a week as long as I do not get a headache the days I do not drink it sounds like a good balance.
Happy Hump Day!