Bob & Elsie's Adventures travel blog

This is as close as we got to Mexico, view from I-10

St Elizario Chapel

Inside St. Elizario Chapel

Socorro Mission

Inside Socorro Mission

Ysleta Mission

Inside Ysleta Mission

We spent 3 days at the Little Vineyard RV Park in Deming, New Mexico. There isn’t much to do in Deming. There is a Walmart, a Kmart and New Mexico’s largest Winery there so we went to all of those and spent the rest of the time just relaxing. At the winery we stocked up on a few bottles of wine to share with our Alabama friends this winter. The Little Vineyard RV Park is very nice; it has an indoor pool and hot tub and one of the nicest clubhouses we have seen in our travels. I’m sure this would be a very nice place to spend the winter. Like most of the parks we have been through this summer it was pretty deserted so one afternoon Bob took all his keyboard equipment to the clubhouse and entertained his best audience, me.

The trip from Deming to El Paso was a short one, about 115 miles, then we spent a week at the Mission RV Park in the southeast of corner of El Paso; we liked the park but really weren’t all that crazy about El Paso. El Paso is HUGE and the traffic is unbelievable. I-10 runs right through the center of El Paso and to get just about anywhere you have to take the highway. Juarez Mexico is right across the Rio Grande at El Paso and there are several international crossings located there. We didn’t go to Mexico, neither of us had any desire to do that. There are two large malls in El Paso; one in the north part of the city and one in the south part. We visited both of the malls mostly to get a little exercise, when it is as HOT as it has been mall walking is about the only exercise we get. We checked out a huge store called El Paso Saddleblanket; this is the place to go for every kind of Southwestern item you could ever want, blankets, rugs, boots, jewelry, hats and pottery. That was something to see and something not to be missed if you are in the El Paso area. We also went to one of the several boot outlet stores in the city. El Paso is probably the boot capital of the world. The only real sight seeing we did in while in El Paso was driving the “mission trail”. There are three historic missions located within 10 miles of the city along one of the oldest roads in the country. One of the missions, the San Elizario, has a marker claiming that the first thanksgiving feast took place near there in 1598, 23 years before the Pilgram’s held their thanksgiving in the Plimouth Colony, now Plymouth, Massachusetts.

Today we drove another short trip to Van Horn, Texas where we will be spending 2 days at the Van Horn KOA. We toured the town this afternoon and there isn’t much to see so I guess we will just be hanging around the park. The temperatures are getting a little better, high 80’s during the day and maybe into the high 50’s tonight, can’t wait for that...

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