El Paso TX, Mesilla NM

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

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Monday, July 28, 2008

Ok, really I have no idea what number day it is, it seems like it's been a month already.
When last I left you, it was about 2am, so I may have rambled. We got into El Paso in the evening when it was raining. It continued to rain throughout the night, and was forecast to rain all day. We come to the desert, and it rains, what's with that. Anyhow, it was mostly cloudy today, but only managed to rain when we were in the car. I appreciated that, but Jose didn't. We started out our day with a really crappy free breakfast at the Quality Inn. It was like a Denny's breakfast plate, but with cold eggs and burned pancakes. We then got on the road to go to the Yselta Mission and Tigua Indian Reserve and Cultural Center. It was a bit difficult to find, but we only had to circle the block once. It was a very small museum, with a few small gift shop. The native Americans there were very nice though. From there we went on to the El Paso Exchange. It was a huge building with a dozen different rooms of Mexican imports including giftware and art works. They had some bizarre and amazing things there. From there we checked out 2 different cowboy boot stores. Jose got himself a nice pair of boots. Christian saw a guitar store, and begged to go there. I obliged. I knew that they'd have the same stuff as in Orlando, but just to prove it, and avoid the poutty face, we went in. We spent about 15 minutes there, then hit the road.  None of us like El Paso. Because it's so close to the border, it's not safe, and the air is very polluted from the factories across the river in Juarez. We traveled north to a small town of Mesilla. We had a late lunch at the Double Eagle Restaurant. We ate in the courtyard, but walked around the rest of the place afterwards.
There is much history in this old house, and is said to be haunted. The decore was beautiful, but it freaked out the kids a bit. The town is laid out like a typical Mexican village, with the plaza in the center of town, and all the little shops surrounding it. We visited some of the quaint shops there, and listened to an old Mexican dude playing the guitar. I must tell you that Jose is really having a good time out here, it's like he's reliving his youth. He keeps telling the kids stories about his going up. From Mesilla, we drove on to a small town called Deming in NM. Tomorrow is another day of driving to Las Vegas.  
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