Today my first destination after MacDonalds for wifi & coffee was the El Paso Nail Salon. The server at dinner recommended it to me when I asked if there was anywhere nearby to get a pedicure in the morning. Yes, I said “PEDICURE”. Sometimes you just have to do it. I haven’t had one in five years, but the dry climate and dust eat up my feet. It was well worth it, especially the bonus massage chair. My Vietnamese nail technician spoke little English, but smiled a lot when she wasn’t shaking her head and frowning over the state of my finger nails. $35 later I had a pedicure and a manicure!
When I caught up with The Rider, El Paso was behind us and the route was passing through small towns along the Mexican Border. Campgrounds are scarce and I picked one named Hideway Lakes RV one mile off route outside of Tornillo. It turned out to be a fishing spot with two u-shaped lakes about 150 yards long. You pay by the line. In our case, we had no lines so they charged us for one vehicle. The fee was $10 for up to 9 pm. Then another $10 that is good till 9 am. We would be allowed to catch a maximum of 5 catfish if we were so inclined. Amenities include a bathroom with no sink and no drinking water. And LOTS of loud birds. We felt like we were in the Alfred Hitchcock movie The Birds. The coolest birds showed up toward dusk. Huge white birds sitting in trees and then flying overhead. About the size of a Great Blue Heron, only white. A call to our chief bird consultant, Bill Sedivy, determined that they were Great Egrets.
Along with the birds we got honey bees. They liked hanging out in the camper and around the campsite until dusk, but declined to sting either of us. However, we each found a bee in our almost empty beer bottles. Mine got spit out on the ground. Fortunately it was motionless, probably drowned.