On our way to El Paso we made a stopover at a ranch for three nights. Beautifully situated, a bit outdated and excellent awards from the 90s. We shared the large area with a handful of other campers and were satisfied with electricity and water and adequate sanitary facilities. The ranch had been run as a riding stable for decades, and besides horses and dogs there was also a flock of sheep passing through at times.

We met Susen and Dave on the second day, uncomplicated, really nice Canadians. Surprisingly, we made each other a lot of congruence and sat for several hours in a small group, with another couple from Washington D.C., in front of the motorhomes or exchanged further plans inside our RVs. Maybe we will meet again on our trip through Canada, which would make us very happy.

Life at the ranch was unhurried, the season hadn’t started yet and the covered pool belonged to me all alone one lunchtime. While reading and chatting outside, a dog kept us company, which is said to have missed me after our journey…

One evening we visited the McDonald Observatory only a few kilometres away and marvelled at the moon and other celestial stars through some telescopes. Afterwards Saradevi and I decided to close our obvious gaps in our knowledge about space. On the further, sometimes longer car stages we will have the opportunity to listen to a relevant podcast for many hours.

Then we continued to El Paso, “my” western city. Of this, in my imagination existing flair (of course) nothing was left. Nowadays El Paso is a huge city with several border crossing points to Mexico. One night we spent in a RV park at the edge of the city, drove for $ 1.50 per person to the downtown. We then roamed the city on foot and the highlight was a visit to the Museum of Art. Another night we were guests at a Walmart parking lot. (“You are wellcome!”) The next morning we headed for White Sands. At the beginning we invested four hours to find a doctor who would write a prescription for my pills. After a little odyssey we met friendly, understanding medical staff. As so often before, we were lucky. The doctor wrote me a prescription for the next 6 months, because of the special travel circumstances. (Normal would have been a lot for 4 weeks.) In the pharmacy there was a little surprise afterwards and the possibility to pay a good portion of the apprenticeship fee: The drugs cost three times the (high) price you are used to at home!

On a camping site near the White Sands, a huge shifting sand dune area, we had an appointment with Vero and Reiner. We had exchanged our respective locations with them for quite some time and looked forward to the upcoming, renewed encounter.

The day trip to the dune landscape was awesome! On that day, rainy weather was announced, which did not really affect us. It remained mostly dry and a fascinating light accompanied us on our hike through the White Sands. On the day of departure, the sky cleared up in the late morning. We spontaneously decided to visit again a part of the sandy desert area and had a completely different landscape impression because of the changed light.

Our next destination was a camping site in the Rockhound National Park, where Vero and Reiner were already waiting for us. The next two days we spent together in beautiful, although very windy weather. Campfire, barbecue, chat, exchange and the great game of boules (or petanque) were on the program. Today, after the common meal, there will be a “Doppelkopf” (Card game) evening…

Tomorrow it is time to say goodbye – and to look forward to seeing you again somewhere. Our next destinations are in Arizona…