The Rio Grande looks a lot different from El Paso than from Bend National Park.
We stayed with friends from LA who have relocated to El Paso.
Wonderful hosts. We went to a yoga class, out to dinner and drinks and then hung out and chatted and chatted and before we knew it, we were hours late to getting back on the road.
So we stayed for lunch and continued catching up.
We went to a local joint for dinner and Skye discovered flan.
It wasn't any kind of gourmet flan or anything special. It was just good flan, but Skye apparently had never had any before which I find hard to believe, but regardless she loved it and is determined to recreate it.
The place itself was a perfect mix of good affordable food and real local atmosphere.
The next day we would find ourselves dining in another local Mexican establishment in Tucson with a friend we haven't seen in years or in several inches when we use Skye as the yardstick of time passing.
Going Back to Cali
We left El Paso, Texas around 1 o'clock in the afternoon. we made it to Tuscon, Arizona around dinner time. If I had to guess I'd say 7 o'clock.
I wanted to get close to LA because we needed to time our arrival, so that we could get there with enough time to empty the trailer into our storage, and then haul it up a friend's house to store it for a few weeks before loading it up again and hitting the road back east.
I figured if we made it to Blythe which lies on the border we'd be good to go.
About an hour before we reached the state line I felt awake enough to go further. Seeing the "Welcome to California" gave me a shot of energy and I decided to make for Palm Springs.
We got an extra hour, thanks to time zones, but it wasn't enough to make it to last call. I had aproximately 3 minutes to get to a bar for a cocktail.
Instead ,I had a Tecate in the room and then did some exercising. And finally got into bed around 3:30 am.
Yes, Red Bull was involved. But I just finished off the last can and am once again kicking caffeine to the curb. Kind of how W.C. Fields did with booze, "Now don't say you can't swear off drinking; it's easy. I've done it a thousand times."
I was up before the sun, a few hours later. A five-mile run, some yoga and a bunch of crunches. But that's another day and another post.