Interstellar Adventures

February 10, 2006

We’ll be drivin’ round El Paso all day long…

Filed under: Uncategorized — by InterstellarLass @ 7:22 am

Saturday started with more coffee and Dunkin’ Donuts. These guys are crazy about their donuts I tell you. The El Paso Times was a quick read. I guess not a lot goes on in El Paso. OK, maybe I’m joking a little bit. But not really. Nick worked at several radio stations in El Paso, and even hosted a morning show there. I’ve seen the tapes. As we were driving in on Friday, we were listening to the radio, and the show was, well, not so good. El Paso radio…where DJs go to die. It’s all gone downhill since Nick left. 😛

Let’s see…it was Mexican for breakfast again on Saturday. This time it was Franky’s. First, the lady that took our drink order greeted us in Spanish. My rusty high school/college Spanish got me well, nowhere. Coffee and water? Then, never before have I been served chips and salsa with my breakfast. I decided to get daring and ordered the juevos con chorizo. It was actually very good. But I’ve also never had refried beans served with my breakfast. I also found that it was very difficult to get a refill on my water…until I finally asked for it in Spanish. What am I? In France?

Nick and Pop at Franky’s. My breakfast and Nick’s breakfast.

After breakfast, we went on a drive around El Paso. The biggest thing in El Paso, besides Wal Mart, is Fort Bliss. The city is built around the Army base. Nick’s mom is buried in the military cemetery there. As the wife of a Navy man, she was able to be buried there. I’ve never been in a military cemetery before. It was definitely an experience. Seeing all the headstones with the various wars and service engraved on them. The precision with which the stone are laid out is also impressive.

Fort Bliss Military Cemetery.

Then we took the Scenic Drive up into the Franklin Mountains. Before the Transmountain Road was there, this was the first road that went up the mountain to cross to West El Paso.

Pictures of the mountains. Pictures from the Scenic Overlook

More Photos of El Paso

We took Pop back home. A couple of hours driving around really took it out of me the old man. We all took a nap. Then Nick and I went out and drove around some more. I got some cool new boots at the Tony Lama factory outlet. I wore them out to dinner Saturday night. Pop took us to the Great American Cattle Company. It was a decent steak. I never did get the cold glass for my beer.

Back at home, we traded boots for jammies and Pop and I played some poker and some cribbage. The old man had skillz! He gave me a good run for my buttons (come on! what’s more fun than playing poker with buttons!). Then Nick and I took a look at the vinyl records (remember those?) hidden away in the old-fashioned record player. Pop told us to go through them to see if we wanted any. We found a few good ones. Can you believe that Terry Bradshaw actually did a gospel album??? No friggen’ way! That was the find of the night.

Me & Pop at dinner. I never knew Terry Bradshaw sang! Evidently he’s done six albums!

Day 2 complete. Day 3…ya can’t wait can ya!

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