One week down, 10 days to go...
and my experiences so far have been wonderful. After leaving Amarillo, I was headed to El Paso, a long enough drive, but one certainly worthwhile. Did I find aliens in Roswell, no, but the museum was interesting enough and then it was on to Carlsbad Caverns and what a magnificent experience. If I has gotten there earlier I would have walked down the 80 stories to the bottom, but instead, did the elevator down and that was the same as taking the elevator from the top of the Empire State Building to the ground floor. What you experience when you get down there is natural beauty with all the formations created by nature over millions of years and they do not disappoint. It is over a mile of walking on the paths and at every turn, amazing nature. For those who have never been to Carlsbad Caverns, it is a must. If that was not enough, before getting to El Paso, as I traveled back into Texas from New Mexico, there was Guadalupe National Park and then all the salt flats down to El Paso itself. When you are in the middle of nowhere, you truly appreciate what nature has to offer.
It is not just nature, but the people you meet and one of the reasons I was going to El Paso was to meet a colleague or is he a client. No, he is a friend and while I had never met him in person, I had mentioned that if there was a chance to get there I would and that would be the reason. I had been there in 1988, but not since, and meeting Isaac and subsequently, his family, was wonderful and so glad I made the trek. What made getting to El Paso even better is that while on my trek down there, a client called and said she was going to be in El Paso the same time as I was. We connected and so, I had two wonderful meetings that next day. Thank you, Minerva and, of course, thank you Isaac. The food in El Paso was also wonderful and it really is its own world, part of the US, but very Mexican. All good, not matter how you slice it.
Lastly, I made it the Big Easy, another place, if you have been following along with my Facebook Lives and enjoyed a full day off of driving, but rather pounding the pavement in New Orleans. Yes, I had to have the Beignets and the Café Au Lait, and yes, did a little gumbo and a Shrimp Po Boy, but also had my reservation at the Hard Rock Café that evening on Bourbon Street. Katelyn my waitress was terrific had control of the Ipad. The food was consistent and the vibe spot on. As I mentioned, I had spent the day pounding the pavement in the French Quarter in the French Market, but the highlight for me was the National WWII Museum. It was awe inspiring and a very humbling experience. It was well done across the board with interactive experiences and very informative display and the docents and volunteers were magnificent. I had wanted to go there since it opened up in 2000, I believe and glad I spent the better part of the day there as I am a WWII history buff and the attention to detail was more than I could have asked for. My journey continues enroute to New England with more adventures to come, so please listen to my Facebook Lives and stay safe out there and protect yourselves and your loved ones.
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