Flags to Remember – And Weird Stuff

On route 90, just outside of Marfa, Texas on the way to El Paso, you’ll find something a bit weird. In what appears to have once been and old gas station there is a Prada display. You know, Prada, the fashion mogul and source for all the shoes and pocketbooks coveted by women world wide. Give that Marfa has a population of less than 2000 people and that their favorite footwear is cowboy boots accessorized by plaid shirts stained with tobacco juice, this is more than odd.

Actually, the display is not affiliated with Prada it is an art project funded by a non-profit organization called; Ballroom Marfa. I wonder if it is government subsidized?

Not too far from there and close to the Mexico Border is an old cowboy camp called Camp Nopoloso. It is now a hunting camp operated by Steve Jones of Backcountry Hunts. It is one of my favorite places in the world to hunt partly because I love the country and partly because of the wide range of animals you can pursue; everything from fox to free ranging aoudad.

Out in front of this camp Jones always flies a crisp, new American flag. Its there to let the Border Patrol know the camp is occupied by friendlies but its also there as a patriotic gesture. Every morning when you wake up and step out into the brilliant West Texas sunrise you can’t help but look at that flag and feel a bit special that you are in the greatest and freest country on this planet.



About gunwriter

Born and raised in the West Virginia hills, Richard literally grew up in the woods. He has chased coon hounds until daylight, waited out whitetails perched high in an oak, canoed the New River and hunted from the Montana Mountains to the Green Hills of Africa. During service in the Army and later as a municipal police officer and Special Agent with the railroad police, Richard obtained numerous certifications in small arms instruction. He has trained military personnel, law enforcement officers and civilians in the application of firearms for defensive, competitive and recreational use. Richard won the West Virginia Governor’s Twenty Award for law enforcement, the West Virginia National Guard State Pistol Competition and earned his Distinguished Medal with pistol. Badge turned in, Richard is now a contributing editor for several magazines. He was the compiling author of the book, Rifle Bullets for the Hunter and conceptualized and contributed to Selecting and Ordering a Custom Hunting Rifle. Richard also contributed a chapter to the John Velke book, The True Story of the Baldwin-Felts Detective Agency. Richard has patents on a riflescope reticle and a revolutionary bullet testing media. A hillbilly at heart, Richard lives on Shadowland - his shooting range in West Virginia - with the most understanding wife in the world, their three kids and a very protective ridgeback hound.
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