I've been on cross-country drives for around 40 years now. When I was growing up we made regular trips to Texas to visit my grandparents and a whole slew of other familial relations.
My brother and I always wanted to see The Thing. My parents said it was a cheesy tourist trap and we never stopped.
When I made my first solo trip to Texas at the tender age of 16, I took the same attitude and whizzed on by.
I continued to speed by not knowing what The Thing was, but fairly confident that I wasn't missing out on much.
On the last trip, my El Paso hosts urged me to take the time and stop.
On this last journey, it was our Tucson friend who implored us to at least check it out.
The store was packed full of your typical souvenirs and knick-knacks.
To see The Thing cost $1.00 per adults, .75 for Skye.
The Thing was in the third building of the self-guided tour.
The first building was an incredibly weird hodge-podge of random art pieces and faux-museum pieces, with a strange fascination with torture and World War II.
This picture of "The Thing" is actually more interesting than seeing it in person. It sort of looks like the mummy is holding a light sabre.
All in all it took around 15 minutes, cost around 3 bucks for the three of us and now I know what The Thing is.
Totally worth it.
Would I stop again?