My lack of posts recently can be attributed to an awesome road trip I just took.
It was amazing, revitalizing, inspiring, and every other word to denote good things. Because of this, I decided to share some of it with you. Also, it inspired a post on how to pack for such a trip. Be looking for that 😉
My boyfriend, David, has family living in El Paso, Tx. We wanted to visit them, and decided a road trip would be our best option. It would allow for stops along the way and day trips around the area, once we arrived.
Enjoy these pictures and my thoughts that go along with them 🙂
The trip started from Lafayette, LA. and took us to Austin, TX. for the first couple of days. Austin is an incredibly beautiful city. Just go. My words will not do it justice.
This is the skyline from Mount Bonnell. We went just before sunset and it was absolutely stunning. Pictures do not do it justice either.
We did several other things in Austin, but one of my favorite parts was spending a late morning at Barton Springs. It, too, was beautiful (no surprise), but surprisingly very cold for the amount of people in the water. As you can see, David braved into the water for an actual swim. I stood, shivering in waist deep water, not moving an inch to prevent slipping on algae, and cheering him on as he swam circles around me.
This is just a selfie we took. I like it, so I included it for your viewing pleasure.
We then moved on to our main destination of El Paso. We had a beautiful scenic drive that took us through the quaint town of Johnson City, Tx., or as I like to think of it- Stars Hollow. I looked for Rory Gilmore, but sadly, missed her.
Our drive consisted of 600 miles of desert. Some may think that sounds awful, but it was incredible. I think I may have a small obsession with the desert. I keep talking about it since we have returned and find myself missing it. All of the open space and quiet is very enchanting. Part of this desert even had wind energy!!! How cool is that?
On David and his family’s recommendation, we stopped at a place called Cattleman’s Steakhouse for dinner. It is this huge ranch/restaurant about 30 miles outside of El Paso. There are lots of animals roaming around there, which include this Peahen and her babies. My heart melted.
Once in El Paso, I was truly stunned by how beautiful it was. And how ridiculously close to Mexico it is. Really close.
On our first day we toured a historic home, the Magoffin House. I enjoy touring historic places and rarely pass up an opportunity to do so. This one is not to be missed. Our tour guide was excellent and the home was filled with all of the original furniture. This sewing machine was particularly impressive to me. It was beautiful as well as being functional. I can assure you that my sewing machine at home does not look like this.
We made a day trip out to Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico. I have been there before, but this place is just unbelievable. You are going INSIDE the earth, 800 feet INSIDE the earth. I think this picture says “I’m not scared of that huge, dark hole I am about to climb into. Got this.”
Pictures don’t come out great inside the cave, because of 0 natural light. This one, though, shows what they call “draperies“, which was what I found to be some of the prettiest ornamentation on the wall.
Our final day was spent touring a winery in La Union, NM. called La Vina Winery. Let’s just say I really enjoyed the wine tasting (thanks, again, Gerald, for driving :))
On our way home, we stopped by The Alamo in San Antonio. It was very hot. I spent most of our time waiting in line complaining and contemplating leaving because of the heat and humidity. I was spoiled from the dry air in El Paso. I had seen The Alamo before, but I had a whole new respect for it this time around. Very happy we waited it out.
I enjoy traveling. It helps to break the monotony of the everyday and gets me refreshed. I am always interested in different ideas of trips, any suggestions out there for my next trip?