Preparing for my 2018 entrance into medical school has been a whirl wind of experiences.
This was my first time traveling alone and it was a little frightening. In these five days, I travelled up and down the country side, hiked in the Franklin Mountains State Park, explored the night life in El Paso, saw an art market in the Old Mesilla historic town, walked across White Sands, and nervously interviewed at the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Shortly after I arrived home, I received the acceptance email. I spent several hours that night crying in joy. What an unbelievable journey it has been, thus far.
The last day of my trip in New Mexico I visited White Sands. It was a perfect day to capture some early morning shots.
On Sunday, I headed to Old Mesilla to check out an art market. It was so beautiful walking through this historic town.
Later on in the day, I sat down to eat at a local favorite, Andales. The food was phenomenal, but I definitely could not eat all of that in one sitting.
I was feeling very accomplished after a successful day of hiking and sight seeing. I decided to treat myself to a local fast food joint, Chico’s Tacos. Fast food is relatively cheap, but $4.50 for a small fry and this smothered deliciousness? It was a pretty good deal, to say the least.
While eating inside the joint, one of the workers struck up a conversation with me about why I was in town and what sites I have seen thus far. Long story short, they ended up giving me their phone number and told me to contact them if I wanted to explore the city later on. It’s kind of not a great idea to meet up with a complete stranger while traveling alone, but that’s exactly what I did.
During the night, we walked up and down the streets for hours and I saw San Jancito Plaza, visited several restaurants and bars, played pool, ate some very good nachos at the TAP bar and, on top of all that, I made my very first friend in El Paso. I could not have asked for a better way to spend my first night.
Continuing on my way to El Paso, I made a trip up scenic drive and took some of these photos. I don’t think I could ever get tired of this view.
After the hike in the Franklin Mountains State Park, I headed straight to the Wyler Aerial Tramway. From the top platform, I had a phenomenal view of Juarez and El Paso. This was definitely worth the mere eight dollar charge and quick ride.
Embarrassingly enough, I was witnessed by countless people taking shameless selfies while on top of the platform.
The Franklin Mountains State Park has dozens of hiking trails, I chose Mundy’s Gap after several suggestions from various individuals. It was a somewhat difficult hike for a beginner.
I began the hike at 8:00 am, stopped half a dozen times, and finally reached the top – sweating profusely, out of breath, and my heart racing so fast that I thought it might explode. Mind you, it was in the seventies and I would not consider myself fit by any means. However, this view was well worth it.
Although I was only able to explore one trail, I did notice a few very nice rock climbing spots. Maybe I will have to take it up?
This ended up being a six hour hike, worth every second. I could go on, and on about the landscape and scenery, but I thought it would be best to just leave my favorite photos here.