Oh my god! Where do I begin here? I went to a couple of places this past week that totally blew me away! Before I go into this bit of adventure, I need to thank LaurenVasil for inspiring me to get off of my butt and just freaking go, Go, GO!!! I was reading her blog on her recent road trip from Brooklyn, NY to Los Angeles, CA…You can read about it here: www.fizgiggery.com
These posts inspired me to come out of my cave long enough to find out about some things in W. Texas I never took the opportunity to go see. I found two places that blew me away. One was Monahans, TX and the other was Balmorhea, TX. I am putting the pics here as proof of how amazing these places are–despite their size. These places are writer’s havens to me. I can camp out under the stars by the sand dunes of Monahans, or I can stay at the motel at the State Park outside of Balmorhea. Both places are so unique, and they posses a beauty all their own. The people in both places are very friendly and I had a couple of people already ask about my metamorphosis necklace this week, and it seems that when I go elsewhere–people are curious about it! I got it from www.flaurena.com folks.
I will also go into some info about both places, starting with my adventure in Monahans. On a hot, miserable day in West Texas, I decided that while hanging out in Midland, I would go to the visitor’s center off of I-20 and see what they had to show me. The two women working there were so sweet, and explained a bit of the History of each place they told me about.
Did you know that one of the authors of the James Bond books is from Midland, TX? Well, if you didn’t, look up Raymond Benson. Woody Harrelson also was from the area, as well as Carolyn McCormick (who played Dr. Olivet on Law and Order). Little known trivia: When Mother Nature isn’t on crack, like she’s been all year this year, Tommy Lee Jones also comes to Midland quite a bit–sometimes to play polo, but he has property that he owns in San Saba, TX. Kathy Baker (from “Edward Scissorhands”) was also from Midland.
Mezzo-Soprano Susan Graham also hails from Midland, TX. Those of you who live in San Francisco and frequent the opera will know who she is.
Now for my adventure! It began last Friday when I got thoroughly bored to death in Big Spring. I really got tired of the 111 degree weather (in the shade) and decided to take advantage of some time off–which I will do again next week! Since I can’t seem to get to White Sands, or the Apache reservation to check it out in New Mexico, I decided that I was going to see if there is anything that strikes my fancy near here. My first stop was Monahans…It is not the White Sands Missile Range, but it’s cool! Here are a few pics:
Now for the second leg of my journey, I went to Balmorhea, TX. This park has a HUGE spring fed pool. It also has a hotel on the premises. There are two hotels in town and a restaurant called “The Bear’s Den”. This town is small–a smudge on the map, but the people are very, very friendly and it’s beauty lies in that it is a small, quiet place for a writer to hide out in, if he or she chooses to do so. It definitely appeals that reclusive side of myself that I have kicked to the curb more than once in the past two years. The spring runs parallel to the street on the south side. There are little walking bridges that cross it as well as the street crossings.
As I said before, this water is so clear it is truly amazing. If there is an oasis in the desert around here–this is definitely it! Here are some pics from this leg of my trip also. I fully intend to go back either tonight or tomorrow.
I found the people here to be so friendly, and the area itself to be so tranquil that I must return to this place. It is every bit as sacred to me as my mountain now. I truly hope you enjoyed this, and if you decide to go there, let me know! The town may be small, but if one is looking for peace and quiet–then this is the place to visit!