Thursday, October 25, 2007

Hueco Tanks State Park

We said we are heading east and now that we are in west Texas I guess it's true. We arrived at Hueco (Waco) Tanks State Historic Park east of El Paso. Bob has been here before and wanted me to see the pictographs. On checking in we found there are no tours to the really good ones but we can do a self guided one to some.
The campground has electricity and water which is a change for us. Also a dump so we are enjoying the luxury. $14 a night for camping and $2 pp for a back country pass. It is so in the middle of nowhere neither of us have cell service. No local TV but we have our SATV.

Our first full day here was FULL. We went up to the office and arranged a hike into a part of the park that you have to have a staff member take you. Our neighbors also went. While waiting for that to start we went on a short hike with another fellow who is a guide. He
took us up the rocks and showed us several pictographs.
We then met with our guide and neighbors and took a very LONG hike. Would you believe our guide got us lost.
Do you see a trail in this picture? There wasn't one.
If it wasn't for the fact that Bob had been here before we wouldn't have seen this beautiful mask pictograph.
Back at the motorhome we took a shower to cool down (I was near to heat exhaustion) then we went into El Paso to see the Magoffin Mansion. It was built in the 1800's by one of the founding fathers of El Paso. It is the largest Adobe structure and the walls are 3 feet thick.

We then headed out to a famous restaurant Bob had heard about called Cattleman's Steakhouse. 35 miles east of El Paso in the middle of nowhere but was the steak ever good. It was 45 miles from our campground and we had to unlock the gates to get in.

Friday we left Hueco tanks. Beautiful scenery along the Texas Mountain Byway. Arrived at Van Horn and on the advise of friends we stopped at Chuy's. It is a Mexican restaurant that John Maddon has made famous.
The food was so-so. It was to be our overnight stop as recommended by some of our free cg quides but it was right next to a busy highway and backed up to a rr track so we nixed that and went onto Fort Stockton. There we located the Eagles Aarie and the party began. Halloween that is. The kids were dressed in costumes and played games. We had great company for the evening.

Saturday we headed to Sonora Caverns and they were awesome. I have been to many of them and this was beautiful the whole way. 2 hours later we were back on the road and made it to Kerrville's Elk's Lodge for a week of seeing the Hill Country. More in the next blog. These are a few of the many pictures of the cavern.

These halloween masks are incredible real. Play the video and see what you think. Aren't we getting good with videos now....

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