Every week, we share dispatches from Texas Country Reporter, the long-running TV show that invites you to hop in and travel along to explore the back roads of Texas. 

For many people, Marathon is a brief stop on the way to Big Bend. But after a Thanksgiving family vacation, Danny Self couldn’t stop thinking about his pleasant stay at the Marathon Motel & RV Park. Created in 1940, the motel is home to ten rooms divided between four duplex cabins, as well as an attached RV park. But it wasn’t the amenities Danny fell in love with—it was the spectacular night sky.

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