However on the second trip to see the lights, we saw them.
At the time we went, there was no visitors viewing area like there is now. We drove out in August 1992 around dusk to where all locals go to view the lights. We parked pretty close to the train tracks which were across the highway from the lights. At that time there was a fence you could stand at to watch for the lights in the field beyond the fence. Naturally we also had to watch for rattlesnakes at the time we were trying to watch for the lights.
Around 10:30 pm a car parked by our car and a man and his wife came and stood next to us to watch for the lights. They were from Marfa and had seen the lights many times. It had been lightly raining and I was worried we wouldn't see the lights. They told us it didn't matter if it rained or snowed, they had seen the lights in all types of weather. They also said there were many times the lights didn't appear at all.
Sometime around 11:00 someone saw a light bouncing off in the far distance. We all looked in the area where the light was seen and each of us at different times spotted lights appearing in different locations in what appeared to be just a few feet above the ground. Some of the lights were a white color and also yellow. The lights weren't really all that bright, it may have been the rain, but they looked kind of hazy. The lights would just appear for a few seconds and in the blink of an eye they would be gone. Almost like they could dart around in the area we were focused on. There was a tower with a red light in the distance where we saw the lights. The lights seemed to mainly be in the area way out in front of this tower.
We watched for quite a while, then left only because the soft rain was now becoming a downpour and we didn't have umbrellas with us.
It was an amazing experience. You could hear the trains going by, giving you chills being in the middle of nowhere listening to the sounds of the trains going down the track, watching for rattlers, hearing an occasional car going down the quiet highway. All of the "sound effects" going on while watching the lights, that was a real bonus in addition to seeing the lights! A once in a lifetime experience for me. I will never forget how exciting it was watching the lights and wondering what they were.
We went back to see the Marfa Lights this past summer. So much had changed. There is now a visitors viewing center, large parking lot(no more parking close to the train tracks), trails to walk down with the concrete benches and tables dotting the trail. Sitting areas for viewing. A lot of low lights placed all around the visitors center. The area which used to be grass at the fence where you watched for the lights now has gravel. Easier to see snakes at on the gravel instead of hiding in the grass....
We arrived just after dark and stayed until around midnight. Didn't see a thing this trip. Not one light. Felt sorry for the tourists we met from Germany and Belgium. They were only going to be in Marfa this one night and they were so excited waiting for the lights to appear. They just looked so bummed out....
I am really glad we got to see the lights 15 years ago and will probably keep going back to try and see them again since we are only about a 4 or 5 hour drive from Marfa.
Edited by Loreece, 04 September 2007 - 02:45 PM.