Trip to White Sands and Marfa

If you’ve been keeping up with these posts you know I’ve been scheduling trips for each “week 3” of chemo! My last trip was to White Sands, NM and Marfa, TX.

White sands was unbelievably gorgeous. There are bright white dunes for miles with mountains in the distance. Sunset in White Sands was the most beautiful I’ve ever seen because of the way the sky’s colors reflect off of the dunes. There wasn’t another person in sight and the silence was deafening. It was such a surreal experience. In hindsight, however, I’m not sure I’d recommend traveling to White Sands during chemotherapy treatment. Hiking up and down sand dunes in the heat is pretty draining and made me feel a bit dizzy/lightheaded at times and it’s also extremely disorienting if you hike too far because every direction looks exactly the same and it becomes hard to remember where you came from! Maybe save this trip for remission…

After White Sands we headed to Marfa, TX. Xavier and I had been 6 years ago and absolutely loved it so we decided to visit again. It was a great way to take my mind off of the looming mastectomy. We stayed at El Cosmico an opted for a teepee since we stayed in an airstream last time we were out there. We biked around town, had some wonderful meals at Cochineal and Stellina, stumbled upon a Night Glitter concert at Bar Nadar, and saw the mysterious (and seriously weird!) Marfa Lights. Best of all was the Dan Flavin exhibition at The Chinati Foundation. It was the kind of sensory overload you’d wait in line for hours for while dodging selfie-takers and museum security in New York or LA, but we got the exhibition completely to ourselves in the middle of the desert. I’ve been to a lot of galleries and exhibitions but I’ve never had an experience quite like what we had at The Chinati Foundation. If you’re a contemporary art person, I highly recommend the trip!

Next up, surgery!

hilary schleier