Blogs from El Paso, Texas, United States, North America


North America » United States » Texas » El Paso March 30th 2019

Nancy enticed me to travel while we’re at the cusp of spring here in Pennsylvania. She came up with the idea of wandering the US –Mexico border to check out the situation ourselves. I had Big Bend National Park in Texas on my bucket list, which is right on the border, our plan crystallized. We would fly into El Paso, the center of the immigration crisis, rent a car, and tour and hike for 5 days. Getting hotel reservations was hard. We learned that it was spring break in Texas; families were traveling. There are not a lot of hotels in the area, other than in El Paso. The economy is good in Texas, and people are spending money. As soon as we arrived in El Paso, we drove off in our 4 wheel drive GMC ... read more
Chisos Mtns Valley Mar 19
Cottage Chisos Mountains Lodge Mar 19
Lee on riverbank ready to cross to Mexico Mar 19 (2)

North America » United States » Texas » El Paso February 9th 2018

We arrived in El Paso on Monday 2 Feb to some of the most beautiful weather of the trip. First, I had to get a musical ear worm out of my head, old Marty Robbins song about "West Texas Town of El Paso". I'm pretty sure Mom listened to Marty Robbins on the old RCA record player when we lived on Lockbourne AFB. I know I've never listened to Marty Robbins. Anyway, I finally got rid of it when connecting to WIFI...someone named their SSID "Puff the Magic Dragon" you know how that turns out ;-( We decided on this stop to rest and catch up with RV related chores. Following a hydraulic leak in the jacks, the sensor would show jacks down and alarm, so to work around this we'd remove the fuse. I'm a ... read more
On the Tram
Up on Top

North America » United States » Texas » El Paso December 29th 2017

Three college football bowl games in three days. Or actually, in less than 48 hours. It has been a whirlwind, but the fast pace has kept us on track for our ultimate destination in Pasadena next Monday. Of all the bowl games I bought tickets for, the Sun Bowl was the least important for several reasons. Firstly, the tickets were only $11 each; for some, this might not seem like a paltry sum, as in it could be better spent elsewhere. This is true, but for football bowl games (or for any decent game in general), this is a good price. Compare that to the 3-figure price for Rose Bowl tickets. Secondly, the game was pretty early in the day; the previous two games we attended were at 8 PM local time, which normally means that ... read more
Sign at the podunk rest-stop restroom in west Texas at the ladies' room. What about all the hubbub over those "Bathroom Bills"?
Always nice when a university allows other schools to play in their arena
Our view for most of the Sun Bowl game

North America » United States » Texas » El Paso June 14th 2017

Got up early to get some photos before the crowd rolled in. Then did the tourist things. Saw a side show brought souvenirs, T shirts etc...Then visited Boot Hill and Got out of town on my Honda. The Sunset wasn't spectacular, but I could see it in the side mirror and with the lights, I thought it might make for an interesting shot. By the time I got set up it had gone. I got back to the car and the State Troopers pulled up beside me to see if I was ok. ( I did stop on the side of a freeway) Made Camp at a New Mexico Rest Stop. Up and on the road again. Not much to see for about 100miles. Altough the hills are starting to roll instead of being jiggered. Got ... read more

North America » United States » Texas » El Paso October 25th 2016

Geo: 31.7592, -106.487... read more

North America » United States » Texas » El Paso January 20th 2016

Geo: 31.7592, -106.487As much as DH enjoyed San Antonio, I really liked El Paso. I had always conjured up images of the border town of El Paso, Texas as a rough and tough gunfighter town which personified the old wild west days. The city's lawlessness in the late 1800's had earned it the moniker of “Six Shooter Capital” and the city's first and oldest street was the scene of the infamous Four Dead in Five Seconds Gunfight. And when we found out that a local pawn shop had the trigger finger of an infamous Mexican bandito on display (and for sale) we knew this could be fun visit. There's a natural link to a colourful piece of history in that Pancho Villa was a Mexican Revolutionary general, provisional governor of the state of Chihuahua, and was ... read more
Horny Tree
Yall Is A Real Word Down Here
60's Style Restaurant

North America » United States » Texas » El Paso October 30th 2015

Geo: 31.7592, -106.487 So, we got up and drove over to Carlsbad Caverns National Park. We took the ranger led tour and then we took the self guided tour. Carlsbad Caverns has one of the largest rooms in the world. It is large enough for 2 U.S. Capitols to fit inside. There are thousands of stalactites, stalagmites and columns in this cave. I have never seen so many in one cave. We had lunch at the visitor center. By the time we had finished with the cave, it was too late to make the 70 mile drive to the Roswell Museum. Too bad for us. This morning we left Carlsbad and headed toward El Paso, TX. We stopped at Guadalupe Mountain National Park for a while. They had a lot of hiking trails that were way ... read more
Inside the caverns
Me, the spelunker
More inside

North America » United States » Texas » El Paso March 16th 2015

From my retirement in 1998 until I began “The Great Adventure” in March 2010, I lived 2-1/2 hours from El Paso TX, whose literal translation means “The Passage,” and have been to the city many times to shop and to retrieve or to deposit passengers at the airport but have never actually SEEN the historic city. As an adolescent, El Paso’s namesake song by Marty Robbins offered a certain mystique to the city. Stories related by my relatives and my father’s friends who had been stationed at nearby Fort Bliss TX fueled my fascination. Having travelled through western Texas and southeastern New Mexico many times, I often wondered what factors caused such a vibrant, thriving city of almost ¾ million people (22nd largest in the U.S.) to develop HERE – amid such stark desolation. The short ... read more
This Third Chapel Was Completed In 1877
The Altars Are Nicely Done
Ollas Were Used For Food And Liquid Storage

North America » United States » Texas » El Paso August 8th 2014

I'm sitting here listening to Songza and struggling with what to write about a 30 degree day where the only scenery consisted of mountain valleys, plains, desert, cows and patrol vehicles and a fly-by through the entire width of New Mexico without staying anywhere. The excitement peaked with Ian sustaining a wasp sting up his sleeve on his forearm and opening up the first aid kit for the first time. While I don't wish a sting on anyone, I'm relieved it flew up his sleeve and not mine which would have been disastrous. The trip would have come to a screeching halt for a few days as I'm severely allergic to the little buggers. We were each on the receiving end via the intercoms of Ow!, Bloody hell that hurt! Ouch! as large bugs, crickets, and ... read more
Coffee stop at cafe with no name, at intersection of 80 and 9 just into New Mexico
Loneliest road in America 2 - Highway 9 New Mexico
Highway 9 scenery, New Mexico

North America » United States » Texas » El Paso May 2nd 2014

Today was one of those days when nothing seemed to go as planned. We started out in Lordsburg, NM getting up bright and early so that we could go to breakfast before we hit the road. Little did we know that we had hit the time change so instead of it being 8:30 it was 9:30 after we were seated for breakfast which didn't bode well for an early start. Oh well. Then we had a choice of two ways to go to the Carlsbad Caverns. We decided to go through Las Cruces instead of El Paso because we hadn't been there before. Well we got to Alamagordo and the road that we needed to take over to Carlsbad had NUMEROUSsigns forbidding trucks or vehicles or 60 ft from traveling on this road. There was a ... read more

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