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The Marfa Lights and MeIt was a clear night in Marfa, Texas in 1978. It had been a long, though fairly enjoyable, ride from Houston to this point. Ending my day, approximately five hundred miles away from home, I cratered in a motel. The next day was brisk and of course much drier than the humid conditions that were always experienced in Houston. I decided that when night fell, I would go where the Marfa Mystery Lights were so often spotted and wait for them to show up. I remember the nice lady at the motel telling me that they aren't always there. So, I sat by this dark, desert road, until sunup, waiting for the mystery lights to appear. Well, they sure were a mystery to me, ‘cause I never saw ‘em. Not only that, it was cold out there. I sat on my bike, shivering for a good 5 or 6 hours and saw nothing, not even a firefly. Mystery lights my butt! Marfa, you let me down! Back to the motel and try to figure out my next move. Yeah, sleep.The Marfa Lights and OthersBut, according to others, these lights are real. Oh, they're mysteries alright in that they can't be explained away as can some mysteries. These lights have been reported since 1883, when cowboys began to see them. I checked and there appears to be no record of a saloon or liquor store having been in the vicinity back then. Of course, there's probably some peyote growing around there somewhere.They're commonly referred to as the Marfa lights, named after the little ranching town located on a Chihuahua Desert plateau. Now this is the place where the old movie, "Giant" was filmed. That movie starred Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor and James Dean. I wonder if they ever saw the lights? If they did, they never told me about it!According to witnesses (ahem) each light seems to have a mind of its own. Some travel parallel to the ground, while others shoot straight upward. Those that are vertically challenged (short) are often brighter than the longer ones. It chops, slices and dices.Everyone asks the same tired old questions of all these mysteries. "Where do they come from?" My answer is usually, how much have you had to drink today? "No, the headlight of a 1973 Buick Riviera is not a Marfa light, so get off the ground and don‘t forget your whiskey bottle."Photo of Marfa Lights.Strictly Scientific ViewThe Marfa lights range in diameter from one foot to ten feet. They are spherical and reddish-orange in color. Their size and speed may vary. A light seems to have the ability to change speeds and intensity. Numerous photographs and videos have been made of them. All in all, the ghost lights are considered harmless. There is even one story of a man, lost in a blizzard, who was provided warmth and guided home by the lights! There are verifiable accounts of persons being chased by the lights!Scientist have dragged every contraption known to man out to the desert to try to prove or disprove something about the Marfa Lights. To date, nothing scientific has been proven. These things have been chased by an airplane, in automobiles and they, in turn have chased humans.Some people believe the lights are, in some way, reflections from high powered lights used by some of the ranchers in the area. Of course, they can't explain how they're being reflected. Some believe they are automobile headlights being reflected. Once again, how are they being reflected? Besides, these lights have been reported since long before electricity was available.The State of Texas has provided a Marfa Lights viewing area on Highway 90. From here a person is to look toward Chinati Peak, using a distant tower light (a red one) as a marker and any light that appears to the right of the red light is a Marfa Light!NOTE: The next time I go to Marfa, I'm gonna visit Chinati Peak with about 4 flashlights and a case of batteries! There will be Marfa lights that night!Putting all humor aside, I'm glad the Marfa Lights are still mystifying people. Even though I've never seen them, I fully believe the people who have told me about them. I also believe that man may gain a bit of intellect by learning the cause(s) of them, but he loses another bit of his own faith and imagination by doing so.NOTE: For use of their photo, I owe a debt of gratitude to the nice folks at http://www.qsl.net/w5www/marfa.html . For more information on the Marfa Lights, visit them.
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