Saturday, June 7, 2008

In the Lone Star State Part -2

Here is a bit more info about our trip to Texas.

We stayed in a lovely historic hotel in downtown El Paso called the Camino Real. It had a awesome Tiffany Dome on the first floor and a roof top pool. The staff were friendly and the rooms spacious.

On Sunday, we went to visit the El Paso Museum of Art and the El Paso Museum of History. The art museum was right next door to the hotel and the history museum was 2 blocks away. The day was clear and hot - 103 degrees- so you needed sun screen for even a few minutes out in the sun. The history museum had an exhibit on Rock and Roll in El Paso with instruments and vinyl records from the 50's and another exhibit on A-Z in El Paso. A part of it was hands-on which was fun. The art museum has some wonderful local artists on display( Tom Lea) and a temporary display of art works from Chech Marin's collection. They also had a substantial baroque exhibit with a number of religious pieces. Our Lady of Guadalupe was an especially popular subject.

At 5 that afternoon Terry and Andy picked us up and we went to St Patrick's Cathedral for Mass. It was a beautiful church with a wonderful organist and choir. Then we had dinner at Ardivino's Desert Crossing a short ride from El Paso in New Mexico.

On Monday we visited Fort Bliss . Then we drove to New Mexico to White Sands Missile Range - Museum and Park. The museum had a fascinating display of history of the area. Outside was a display of rockets and missiles tested at White Sands. I would have loved to stay longer but the desert winds and high temperatures ( 105) made it tough. Drinking lots of water was important.

Our trip home to NJ brought us through Arkansas and Tennessee. We stopped outside of Memphis which seemed to be a neat city that I would like to visit again. We arrived too late to see Graceland though.

All in all during this trip I visited 5 states ( Louisiana, Alabama, Tennessee, Arkansas and New Mexico) that I have never been too before. I got closer to my goal of seeing all 50 states.


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