We have been in Marathon for almost a month now. Yesterday we made a trip to Alpine for some shopping and to pick up a prescription. One thing I’ve noticed is the number of real cowboys. Hats and boots are very common. Not the shiny boots you might see in a big city, but working boots with dirt on them. Hats have sweat lines. While we were in the local store in Alpine I saw a lady grocery shopping in boots with spurs. Now I will admit a lot a folks wear boots, but with spurs is something I haven’t seen in a long time. The people here remind me of East Texas with a West Texas kind of flair. Boots here are up to your knees but since most every plant and a lot of animals have something that will hurt you, that is pretty smart. One thing is for sure everyone we have come in contact with were very friendly.