Knights Inn & Suites Van Horn
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Swimming pool
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Free parking
- Pets allowed
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... do know there will always be the beauty and challenge of the Guadalupe Mountain National Park to lure them here. Anyway, on our first morning here, I took a shot of the sunrise over the mountains, beautiful, with shades of yellow and red. It was the last time we saw the sun for a week! The temperature dropped elbow freezing every night, the wind picked up and the sky remained overcast. It's not always blue skies and sunshine.
Bye for now and stay ...
In case I have forgotten to mention, the night skies in Arizona, New Mexico and Texas have been clear and the stars seem so close. No wonder they see UFO's around here, they could see anything in the sky miles away.
We ate then went rock hounding with absolutely no idea what we were looking for or how to recognize it. I picked up some rocks to bring home - one being white quartz which should polish up nice I think. The others just have ...
... it is below the US flag and often times it flies alone. I admire that. It says something about the people who live here. Oh, and I should mention cowboy hats. Perhaps the times of JR Ewing are long forgotten. The only hats I have seen were on the heads of Texas Rangers.
As we made our way west, Junction, TX seemed to be the gateway into the desert where we began to see fewer trees, more scrub, and mesas with light green ground cover growing part way up ...
The Rio Grande is dry ! Yet another myth busted. I couldn't tell if or when I was crossing it. I had to ask at the El Paso Visitor Center, and then go back for a picture of the lost causeway. I am not surprised the river got lost -- El Paso is such a large and confused place its a wonder anyone finds anything. Yet it has an unexpected vibrancy and vitality I associate with landlocked border towns -- Mbeya lost in the SW of Tanzania had a similar kind of ...
... after the Civil War, the "Buffalo Soldiers" were stationed there (the Native American's title for black soldiers. Oh,by the way... Bob Marley has a song about the Buffalo Soldiers!).
From there we drove to Balmorhea State Park and swam in what is believed to be the largest spring-fed swimming pool in the world! Quite an experience! It must be at least six times larger than the average city pool.