Tucson to El Paso

This was the kids and I first time heading east by car. We were going to be introduced to a lot of new states.
We drove and drove in a very straight line across Arizona into New Mexico and by nightfall we were in Texas.
It was disheartening to see just how much desert the west is made up of.
 I do enjoy wintry walks through the desert’s endless summer. Mild winter weather is amazing. But it took me a good long while to really see the desert as anything other than a a place where stuff goes to die.
I guess I had to mature.
That said, I’ve been living in the desert for 9 years and I’m ready to see what else America has to offer.
It was nice to meet New Mexico and from looking at the map I knew I’d be getting acquainted with Texas over the next couple of days. Like me with a group of girl friends, she just seems to go on and on and on…
A great way to make every trip an adventure is by following our hard and fast rule: Only eat at restaurants that aren’t available where you live.
Since we are traveling pretty fast and furious our dining choices may be our only way to really experience the places we’ll visit..
When we got to El Paso we debated heading to Rosa’s Cantina for dinner. Marty Robbins sang about Rosa’s in his song El Paso.
When I heard about the L&J Cafe I knew we had to go. My trusty girlfriend Yelp didn’t disappoint. We pulled up to find someone curled up and a sleep on the front porch of a house next door. The restaurant itself is located next door to a cemetery. You walk in the doors to a loud bar.
A hint of danger always makes the food taste better, don’t you think?
Everything a true dive should be.
Thankfully, the restaurant section was tucked away and a little more appropriate for families.
The food was fine but nothing to write home about.
 I loved the randomness of the surrounding area and the history of the place all together. It was fun to think of bootlegging and slot machines being hidden in false walls during prohibition and soldiers riding up on horseback in the 20’s.
Definitely an adventure!                            1391 miles traveled

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