Thursday, 16 March 2006

Our Trip to El Paso, TX and Its Mission Trail

Ysleta Mission

Socorro Mission

San Elizario Mission

Located in El Paso’s Lower Valley are three stately adobe churches that remain as living testaments to the faith of our Spanish and Indian ancestors. The Ysleta Mission, established in 1682 is the cornerstone of the Ysleta del Sur Indian Pueblo. Two miles east on Socorro Road is the Socorro Mission, first built in 1682 and currently under renovation. Six miles farther east is the San Elizario Chapel established in 1789.

It was 66F by 9:15 a.m. today! It just felt like it was going to be a hot day!

When I got up this morning, after I walked Bib, I asked Gordon if he wanted to go to El Paso today as we had planned to take a day trip from Las Cruces rather than camping there. We decided we’d go after lunch and come back after sunset.

We left for El Paso at around noon and stopped at the Information Center just on the outskirts of the city. We got some literature on the area. Gordon is interested in the old missions and there are three of them in El Paso so we drove to the three missions, Ysleta, Socorro and San Elizario,.

From there we took the Border Highway to downtown El Paso. Not seeing anything of interest there, just another big American City, we decided to head for home. We arrived back at Las Cruces at about 4:30 p.m.

Don’t get me wrong about big American cities, I’m sure if you live there, they are very interesting and there’s lots to do but for someone just driving into the city, there wasn’t anything outstanding to ooh and aah over.

It did however reach 79F in El Paso. Around 3:00 p.m. the skies clouded over so didn’t figure there was much use staying there for sunset.

When we got back I read for a while and tried to take a nap but that didn’t work so I started to get supper prepared and cleaned the strawberries that I bought yesterday.

After dinner it was just TV and internet!

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