West Texas

For the last two days we crossed west Texas from El Paso to San Antonio. El Paso is an urban area of about 700k population. Across the Rio Grande is Juarez Mexico with a population of 1.8 million. There is a layer of smog that the incessant wind does not dissipate. The RV park we had targeted to stay in west El Paso (New Mexico) didn’t have room, which was quite okay because as far as we could tell the New Mexican side of the metropolitan area is covered with feedlots and stockyards. Instead we found a place on the east side of El Paso where we were comfortable for a reasonable price. In the morning the wagon train (all the overnight RV’s) hitched up and went on our way. The first left at 7:30 am. We left at 9:15 and others were still getting ready to go.

Leaving El Paso the highway follows the Rio Grande for a way. This is desolate country. There were some mountains, but not much in the way of vegetation, animals, or people. We stopped in Fort Stockton for the night. The best thing we could say about the RV park there is that the electricity and water worked. It was a large subdivision with it’s own street grid (recognized by the GPS) that has been turned into a trailer/RV park. About half the residents seem to be full time. It was depressing, but we only had to stay overnight. The west Texas sunrise was stunning.

Fort Stockton to San Antonio the geography changes to hill country. Rolling hills covered with cedar of some kind and live oak trees. Herds of deer grazed in the forest. Flocks of sheep also grazed among the shrubs and trees. Jean slept while I drove much of the day as she’s been feeling a bit under the weather.

Tonight we’re in San Antonio and going to rest tomorrow. If we get some energy we may go grocery shopping, but mostly we’re going to take it easy. We’re in a very nice RV park that we got for half price on the CampClubUSA membership we bought in Arizona. We paid $40 and have already saved twice that amount. It’s nice to get full hookups for less than the price of a state park campsite.

Finally, today was a milestone day. We passed 3000 miles on our trip today. That means I need to find a place to get the oil changed tomorrow. There’s always something to do when you’re carrying your home with you. Now we know how turtles must feel. 😉

About Paul

I'm retired, but working at painting, photography, and song writing. We like to travel and paint plein air in new places. Of course that's also where photography comes into the picture, so to speak. Sometimes I get inspired to write songs about the people and places we visit.
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1 Response to West Texas

  1. ace says:

    Dear Paul – The post with the photos didn’t seem to have a Flickr link and I’d love to see your pictures. Cheers, ace

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