Stop number 8 El Paso, TX
Have you ever looked into Mexico while your feet were still firmly planted on American soil? It’s a crazy feeling. Maybe I feel that way because I’ve never looked from one country to another, over a boarder or a simple line in the sand. It seems so odd to me how one step forward could mean you were in a different country. It made me scared. I wanted to turn around and run the other way.
Thankfully, we didn’t have to turn around; we just drove parallel to the Mexican boarder all the way form Ft. Stockton to El Paso. Never coming too close, only close enough to see the mountain ranges and parts of the fence that separated us in the U.S. from the country of Mexico.
I wondered what it was like there but my mind only thought of bad things. I remembered the show on VICELAND called VICELAND does America where they met with a group of people and discussed the issue of boarder control and returning bodies to their loved ones. It was seriously intense and something else!
We passed by the Rio Grande, not seeing too much of it. It was something about water this trip that made me want to dip my toes in every one I could find (except the Mississippi, that wasn’t too clean). I would have to guess it’s because I long to be by the ocean and knowing our destination is on the edge of the Mojave Desert makes me miss the ocean even more.
After chasing trains for miles, that carried imports off the West Coast, we arrived in our 8th stop. Welcome to El Paso, TX. Only staying for a night we decided to stay in a hotel on the military base. Of course we had our trusty bellhop, Mr. Niah help bring all our stuff inside! (I mean seriously, how much stuff where we able to fit in our car!).
(Taken with Instax Mini Polaroid Camera)
Airplanes were on display everywhere. Boy did Niah love that! Taking a little walk we discovered some old planes, tanks, and even a rocket.
Everyday seems to feel hotter and hotter. The only way for me to describe it is put your self in an oven. Ovens don’t have moisture and there isn’t moisture out here either, jus heat. It’s something you have to get used to.
The hotel had a nice pool and park so after being cooped up in the car and stroller most of the day I let him stretch his legs and have a little fun.
(Taken with Instax Mini Polaroid Camera)
This kid loves the pool! If he only knew how to swim on his own he would be doing laps and cannon balls all day.
(Taken with a refurbished Spectra Polaroid Camera, by Anthony Atkinson)
Coffee in the Morning
I have had this dream to repurpose a shipping container for a while now. Every time I see a repurposed shipping container I get all excited to see how that business was using them! I had high expectations when we pulled up to the Coffee Box for our morning coffee simply because it was located in a recycled shipping container.
I was a little unimpressed by its cool factor but our coffee was good. They had a small menu and a small selection of treats to go with your coffee. It made it easy to order.
Allergy Friendly Spoon Rating
Safe for those with nut allergies, but not a lot of safe options for dairy. They were simple and a good place to go for a “cup of joe” anytime.
I always wish we could of stayed at some places longer and this was one of them. The room was clean and there was plenty to do and explore. Until next time El Paso…
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The Allergic Foodie here! Right now you can probably find me in my test kitchen (i.e. my house) or traveling to a local coffee shop where they're serving me awe-inspiring coffee (sorry, I would share but). I'm kind of a coffee junkie. Yes, I'm a food-allergy overcomer, Mompreneur, and military spouse and I love pushing boundaries especially in the kitchen. So hold on to your taste buds and let's get to cooking!