El Paso Weekend - Part 3: Lunch and Driving through UTEP

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

This may sound shocking, but my agenda had a "TBD" on it.  That's right, I let someone else make a decision for a change.  I told the boyfriend that lunch was his choice and he chose Whataburger, a Texas-based fast food restaurant that he last visited 20+ years ago on a family vacation to San Antonio, Texas.  
After eating, we decided to drive around the UTEP campus, which is significantly easier on the weekend than during the week - no students mindlessly crossing the road while walking to class.  

University of Texas at El Paso was formerly Texas Western, the team featured in the movie Glory Road, which was the first school to integrate its sports programs.  The campus architecture is unique for the area; instead of following the Spanish/Southwest design, the buildings are actually modeled after Dzong monasteries in the Himalayan country of Bhutan. 

We drove up Glory Road to the Sun Bowl Stadium and stopped at a lookout point along I-10, the rail line and Paisano Drive that follows the border along Mexico and New Mexico.  From the picture below (click to enlarge), you're looking into Juarez, Mexico.

We left the lookout area and headed back to downtown towards the El Paso Holocaust Museum. 

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