Thursday – May 7, 2015
The Marfa Lights Redo
We departed the Davis Mountains State Park, Fort Davis, Texas at 2:15 p.m. We spent the afternoon in Fort Davis, visiting the historic Jeff Davis County Library and had a late lunch at one of our favorite spots: Fort Davis Drug Store, Hotel and Restaurant.
We arrived at the Marfa Lights Visitor Center at 5:25 p.m., picked a parking space close to the west side of the Visitor Center, and set up camp for the night. We had the entire place to ourselves until other visitors started to arrive around sunset at about 8:30 p.m. By 9:00 p.m. the viewing area at the Visitor Center was packed! It was around that time that the Marfa Mystery Lights started to appear.
My camera could not capture the lights, so I found this one on YouTube.
We had visited the Marfa Lights Visitor Area Tuesday evening, and were not sure what we had seen that night were really the Mystery Lights. We decided we would come back tonight for a revisit. There was no wondering this time! Around 9:00 p.m., far off in the distance, maybe a hundred feet in elevation, white lights would appear, individually and then in clusters, and flitter about. They would grow brighter in intensity and then disappear. All of this would happen in a matter of seconds! Soon orange and red lights joined in the dance of the Mystery Lights. Around 10:00 p.m. the Mystery Light show was pretty much over.
At about 11:00 p.m. the Marfa Lights Visitor Center was empty. We took advantage of the pitch-black night sky to do some stargazing, before returning to our Casita Trailer to spend a restful night at the Marfa Lights Visitor Center.
Campground: Marfa Lights Visitor Center
Camping Fee: Free
Campsite: Just pick a space!
Total miles traveled today: 34
South on Texas Highway 118
South on Texas Highway 17
East on U.S. Highway 90 to Marfa Lights Visitor Center
Tomorrow another adventure begins.