First Solo Road Trip – Austin – Marathon – Big Bend – Marfa

Map of Big Bend National Park

Big Bend National Park map – west Texas


My first solo road trip to west Texas in December 2010 influenced the start of my nomadic life. I choose to return the area to spend a couple of weeks exploring and working, getting used to my new nomad life.

Wide open spaces, scenic drives in and around the Chisos, Davis, and Chinati mountain ranges put a spell on me. I drove at least a couple of hours every day and I began to enjoy the drive to my daily excursions to Big Bend National Park, Alpine, Marfa, Terlingua, and Fort Davis. Driving has never been my favorite mode of transportation but it does offer a lot of freedom to the traveler. I am looking forward to the days of self-driving cars – the sooner the better if you ask me!

In 2010 I stopped in Alpine TX for an afternoon. Alpine is a beautiful town with views of the Davis Mountains. I visited around Christmas time in 2010 so many places were closed. I remember seeing colorful murals, chatting with friendly locals, and I remember drinking the worst cup of coffee in the world! Onward to Marfa I drove and stayed for a few days before returning to Austin, via Fort Davis, and Balmorhea. My plan was to take a swim in San Solomon Springs pool in Balmorhea State Park, a biting wind kept me in my car and not jumping into the spring water pool.

I’ve wanted to get back to Balmorhea and swim in the pool ever since December 2010. Finally made it, last week when I visited twice. I also found a great coffee place called Plaine in Alpine.

I will write more on Alpine soon, I am leaving for a visit to Big Bend National Park today. This time I stay at the pricey but conveniently located (right in Big Bend National Park) Chisos Mountain Lodge. Hoping the weather goddess grants me a rain-free morning for the drive.


About the Author

Susan Moore's first solo travel experience was traveling around SE Asia for 7 months in 1993. It was life changing and extraordinary. Currently Susan is living a nomadic life, working and roadtripping around the USA and Canada. Read all about Susan » You can reach Susan Moore at Facebook or Twitter or Instagram

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