Long drive, but breathtaking

Trip Start Jul 22, 2008
Trip End Aug 06, 2008

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Saturday, July 26, 2008

San Antonio was so beautiful, and the hotel so nice, we hated to leave. I got up early, but got back into bed (since that's where the rest of the family was , with no signs of movement. We did get out and on the road about 9am (we're still on FL time, so it felt like 10). We had a bit of difficulty trying to get back on I-10. But I, with my wonderful map reading skills was able to get us back on track. I was a bit concerned that the kids would be bored on the long drive, but they really enjoyed the scenery. Besides the mountains, we saw wild horses, deer, goat, cows, windmills and wind turbines As you'll see by my pix, the landscape is ever changing. It's hard to believe that in the USA there is still so much undeveloped land. It was kind of scary, it was so far between towns. Jose said I would never make it out here, because I'd be running out of gas all the time. There were times that we didn't see a gas station for nearly 100 miles!We stopped for a late breakfast at Mcdonald's, and a late aftenoon snack of ice cream at Dairy Queen.
I didn't want us to get filled up, because I had plans for a nice restaurant before we got to El Paso.
We went out to the Indian Cliffs Ranch and Cattleman's Steakhouse. It was featured on the Travel Channel as one of the 10 best steak houses in the US. It was sooooo good! I ordered a NY strip, Jose ordered a T bone, Christian ordered " half a cow" of ribs (and WOW did his eyes bug out when they brought it. Unfortunately, Bethany ordered chicken tenders. (She'll make a cheap date someday.) The restaurant is on a large ranch which has been used in several movies because of it's beautiful scenery. They also have a small zoo. we wandered around to look at the animals. The first thing I did was trip over the sidewalk. Then, Bethany stepped in the mud so deep that it sucked her sandal off- pretty gross, but she found a water spicket to rinse it off under. As we were leaving the parking lot, we saw a roadrunner not 5 feet in front of us. None of us were fast enough with the cameras. Then we saw a tarantula walking accross the road as we were leaving. I made Jose stop the car, so I could go video tape it. I got pretty close. I think Bethany was nervous. It started to rain just as we were leaving, and came down pretty hard as we were coming into El Paso, and was getting dark, so we really didn't get to see the city yet. We have a large suite to spread out in. I also located a washer and dryer,so did our dirty clothes-I don't want to carry around too many stinky clothes. Tomorrow we plan on going to the boot outlets to get Jose a new pair of cowboy boots. Look around El Paso a small amount of time, then drive about 1/2 north of here to Mesilla and Las Cruces to find some authentic Mexican craftwork. And eat lunch at the Double Eagle. It's a historic old, and 'haunted' building. Possibly go on to White Sands National Park, if time allows. We will be staying at a small Days Inn in a small town called Deming, so I don't know if I'll have internet there. The next day, it's travel on to Las Vegas. Wish us luck!
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