Of course, I had to include the obligatory “wall” picture while we are on boarder patrol… This is the notorious El Paso fence south of town. Not sure what else to say in proper company, so… on to chasing horizons.
Back on the road again, will bore you with life on the road and delays at another time. Luckily, we have not had many delays. But nice also that we don’t plan ahead so if we are delayed the question is delayed from what???
Hobbs, NM to El Paso was an uneventful journey passing beautiful landscapes in Guadalupe National Park and 130 miles without services, meaning there is really nothing for 130 miles. That is a long way and half way thru when we saw school bus stop ahead signs and land for sale – 10 acre lots, made us wonder who lives 75 miles from gas food etc and how far are school buses required to go from a school to pick up. We believe in national education free for all, but really?? I thought my bus ride from Yaupon to BSL was long.
Pretty daring of us to take that deserted path after our “delay”, but out here there are not many choices in routes without going 100+ miles out of your way. So, you pick a point and go they way the maps tell you (within reason).
Anyway, free things to do in El Paso when you have one full day. Pack a picnic and drive up the scenic drive on Franklin Mountain. Nice 2 mile scenic drive with elevated views of El Paso and neighboring Mexico. Built in the 1920s with overlooks and its free. We actually stumbled upon it.
Rainmakers = Interesting story from the Franklin Mt scenic drive.
The 375 Bypass and “trans mountain” highway is also well worth the drive. The Franklin mountains are surrounded by El Paso and it is the largest state park wholly contained within a city limits. The bypass gives a nice view of the mountain range and large military facility on the eastern side. Sorry no pictures, I was driving. But here’s Franklin Mt.
Then on to the Mission Trail. Missionaries have a large history in settling the west. Their main mission was to civilize the heathens?? Not sure how that turned out??? And will leave that question to other more scholarly people.
El Paso has three remaining missions that are still active. These are not the original buildings, as most were destroyed by fire or flood or both at one time or another.
Ysleta Mission is the oldest continuously active “parish” in the US. This according to a lady in gift store. She noted that St. Augustine FL has the oldest church, but that during its history there were several breaks in active services. The first Mass was held in Ysleta on October 12, 1660 and they have continued ever since. Notice the saints shrouded in purple for lent.
Socorro Mission first held mass in 1680, but has not been continuously active. This mission was destroyed by flooding of the Rio Grande at least twice. That was before the river was “tamed.” As previously discussed in prior posts, it is currently not much of a river.
And finally, The Presidio Chapel in San Elizario mission. This is the newest of the three missions built in 1789, still pretty old in my book. All three missions are southeast of El Paso proper and hug the Rio Grande as water was of vital importance for any settlement in the 1600 and 1700s.
And there you have our one day El Paso experience. Peace Love and Justice for all!!!