Roadside: What Happened Next by Kelly Garcia


When we headed out for our week long camping adventure in West Texas, Guadalupe Peak was not a part of the plan. Heck, it wasn't even on our radar! When our friends back home heard that our original plans got derailed, the recommendations came flooding in (thank you!) and Guadalupe Peak caught our attention. Brandi's long time pal, Matt Tantillo, sent us photos and told us about the most beautiful hike he had ever been on in Texas.

Houston > Balmorhea Lake > Marfa > Guadalupe Mountains National Park > Whites City

After driving south to Marfa, heading back north for a couple of days wasn't ideal since the rest of our trip was further south, but we let go of caring about petty things back in Balmorhea. It was just a couple hours after all. We kissed Marfa and our pals goodbye, loaded up my lemon of a vehicle with gas, and headed straight for the Gaudalupe Mountains National Park.

Pro tip: While traveling out west, there are some things you do not want to find yourself without. Stop when you can to grab toilet paper, water, wine or whatever alcohol of choice, lotion, gas, etc... But we will talk more about that later. 

When we got to the Guadalupe Mountains National Park visitor center we were told that all camps were booked up for the night and the closest place to camp was 13 miles further north. Disappointed, we bought our patches (incase we didn't make it back to the visitor center after the hike) and headed further north. We checked out two places marked by only mile markers that looked like abandoned Summer Camps. There was a white truck that followed us in to the second place and parked. It stayed parked the whole time we drove around scoping the place out and no one ever got out of the truck. On edge after Balmorhea, we were not taking any chances. We took out our paper map and saw an RV park in Whites City, NM just a little further up the road. BONUS, there was also a gas station!

Folks staying in Whites City, New Mexico are usually there because they are going to the Carlsbad Caverns. The RV Park we stayed at shared the road with a hotel, gas station, a restaurant that was closed our entire stay, and this odd everything store that was a gift shop, grocery, home goods and more kind of place. There were three options for staying at the RV site. RV, tent, and shelter. The shelter was a cement room with a door, electrical outlets, and two beds. No heat/AC/Water, just the basics. There was a restroom, shower, and laundry room on site that we happily took advantage of. Since we had more days of tent camping ahead, we opted for the shelter to guarantee good sleep and fully charged cameras.

To see more from the trip, check out #buenosjourneywest on IG


All photos by Brandi Bueno and myself.  

Friday Faves by Kelly Garcia

Thank the lord for music, books, and film! Between crazy politics and the earth potentially melting into a disease ridden puddle, it's been pretty dang gloomy. These days I'm extra thankful for the beautiful work and art being created and set free into all the madness. Here are a few of my latest favorites...

John Moreland just released Big Bad Luv and I have it playing at work right now! Check it out!

Haim! I've missed you! This video makes me really excited for what the entire album has in store for us. Have you heard the first official single from Something To Tell you? July 7th!

Not super recent, but I love this album trailer for Lana Del Rey. Of course I love her as a musician, but I also enjoy the amount of attention given to her visual representation as well. 

Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit released two rockin' tracks, "Hope The High Road" and "Cumberland Gap" from their latest album, Nashville Sound and I can't even tell you have many times I've listened to them. So good!

After seeing my friend, Amanda's tweet about The Secret Sisters/Brandi Carlisle project, I had to check it out. I have never listened to them before, but after hearing their new tune, "He's Fine," I'm a fan!

Just when I think I couldn't possibly love Willie Nelson anymore than I do, he releases a music video like this. And hell yes I've listened to his latest album God's Problem Child! Have you?

I really hope to catch The War On Drugs on tour this Fall! May have to jet out to Texas or North Carolina to make it happen, but I gotta make it happen this time around. Have you heard the new single

I haven't ever listened to the band before, but I'm liking the sound of their new single. What do you think? Good news Nashville! They'll be playing the Ryman Auditorium on May 15th.

I've been watching this local podcast grow into something really rad. Kelly McCartney of The Bluegrass Situation interviews singer/songwriters and then they play a few tunes. Most recently she's hosted Johnnyswim, Sunny Sweeney and Drew Holcomb. I believe Karen Elson is up today! If you haven't already, check out Hangin' and Sangin'

Did you snag a copy of John Prine's sold out book, Beyond Words? Mine is in the mail and I CAN NOT wait!

I'm also stoked about this collections of essays written by badass women, about the badass women in country music who have changed their lives. Pre-order here.

P.S. Have you heard Lydia Loveless cover of Bieber's "Sorry" yet?

Friday Faves by Kelly Garcia

I'm all smiles today because it's Friday and the weather is finally taking the turn we've all been waiting for. I guess I'm a little delusional for believing it should be sweater weather by mid October in Nashville, TN. Anyway, here a few other things I'm excited about today.

I know I'm taking my happy butt to yoga tonight and meeting some cuties out for drinks. The rest of the weekend is undecided and that feels good too. What about you?