Winding down Marfa

In between packing up and cleaning, we crammed in two special visits before our departure early Monday morning. We have a friend in Marfa who is an entomologist specializing in dung beetles, and I’d never seen his collection. On Saturday we visit with Dave and his wife Theresa and viewed tray after tray of spectacular bugs. As Jem would say, we were geeking out.

Sunday David and I went on a short drive to the Davis mountains, where our new friends Kosta and Ganka live. They are transforming what was, honest to goodness, a survivalist’s compound (complete with chain link fencing topped with razor wire and surveillance equipment), into a light filled and welcoming little paradise. After champagne and Ganka’s homemade biscotti, we walked around the property which is filled with red rock and scrubby trees and overlooks miles of plains and plateaus. It was a magical end to our Marfa visit.

6 responses to “Winding down Marfa

  1. Have you read Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels? If not, I think you will like it.

  2. Stephanie, I did read it several years ago and enjoyed it very much. Interesting that you thought that I might…Hope you are well. Linnea

  3. That you can geek out over dung beetles, and that your writing is so evocative, the reference seemed appropriate. Last night I attended an event at a Science Center – huge displays of butterflies and beetles as well as animated dinosaurs, and again, thought of you.

    I assume you have read “Swan” as well as “The Maytrees”? Always like to have something on hand thanks to all the hurry up and wait.

    So good to see your stable and resolved report. I scan tomorrow, but doc visit is next week. Just back from two weeks in Mexico – loved the warmth of the people, the food, and the sky. Aren’t we grateful to be able to have these days?

    • Stephanie, Mary Oliver and Annie Dilliard? I haven’t read those titles, but if that is what you were referring to, I love both those authors. Science night out and Mexico–sounds like we could hang together. Good luck on your scan–for what it’s worth, I’m really getting the visualization in the scanner down–“clean, clean, lungs”. Best of luck. Linnea

  4. Swan – by Frances Mayes, she of Tuscany fame. But down home, Georgia, mixed with Italy.

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