Old Mesilla

On Sunday, I headed to Old Mesilla to check out an art market. It was so beautiful walking through this historic town.

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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.

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My first night in El Paso.

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.

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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.

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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.

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Wyler Aerial Tramway

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.

Franklin Mountains State Park

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.