I was needing to get out of the office for a bit so I jumped in the Jeep and went to check out a drainage culvert off of Mesa Hills. I had seen it in my previous excursion to the area when I almost get trapped on the other side of the Sunland Park Dam.
After parking in the Westside Recreation center, I headed down a path that paralleled the arroyo till I could find a spot down.
Now I have lived in El Paso all my life and I think this is the first time I’ve seen a sign warning about snakes. Come on! We are smack in the middle of a desert next to a mountain, snakes should be expected.
The arroyo empties into a large wetland area, that despite the recent Hotter-Than-Hades heat wave, was quite green. I moved on to the concrete spillway hoping to find some interesting graffiti.
Not so much, just a bunch of lazy tagging. From here I walked back up to another feeder where I found the youth of El Paso’s favorite passtime: shopping cart stealing and dumping!
“Who” ever did this was long gone but left their mark. There had to be a skunk near by because this place smelled pretty foul. Time to head out before I get sprayed. The full set of photos can be found here: Mesa Hills Wash
Like any big metropolitan area, El Paso has its share of weirdness. Today I bring you the end result of one really devoted individual in the northeast part of El Paso.
La Casa de Asucar:
La Casa de Asucar (the Sugar House)
This houses perimeter is completely covered on a very ornate and intricate fence that makes no bones about just exactly who this person believes in.
This guy knows how to build a proper shrine
The level of detail is amazing. I wouldn’t want to be responsible for the upkeep on this place. I was also quite shocked that there was no apparent damage from vandals. No tagging, no missing heads or hands.
The Sugar House
I was left with a kind of Hansel and Gretta feeling after seeing the Sugar House. What do the neighbors think? Its well maintained and lighted at night but it is a bit over the top. The Sugar House is a very appropriate name for the religious beacon just off the freeway. More sweetness can be found here: La Case de Asucar
Zoom lenses are awesome for getting close like this. Luckily he wasn’t moving around a whole bunch so I was able to focus in on him. I thought it was interesting that his wings were placed in a forward position when he was at rest, not backwards. It’s kind of like he’s using them as counter balances.