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El Paso and Tim Holt

Posted Jan 12 2011 11:08pm

Spent some time after an all day workshop delivered to El Paso ISD touring the city with my friend Tim Holt , Director of Instructional Technology at El Paso ISD. If you do not know Tim, he is quite an interesting guy- an educator with a science background, a photographer with an artistic eye and has many stories to tell.

Southern Most Tip of the Rockies

It was fascinating listening to him explain the history and geology of his city. Highlight of today was standing at the southern most point of the Rockies. In November, I was a keynote presenter in Jasper, Alberta, Canada and was at the northern Rockies. So I have been at both ends now.

I was really surprised at how close Juarez, Mexico is to El Paso. Juarez has been tagged the world’s most dangerous city and is a stone’s throw from El Paso streets. I also couldn’t believe how not intimidating the fence that separates Juarez from El Paso is. I imagined there would be border patrol, lots of desert and guns. And yet people strolled freely along the rather funky El Paso St. shopping and then back home to Mexico.

Rio Grande and Border Fence

Rio Grande and Border Fence

Warrez, Mexico from an El Paso view

Tim took me to a restaurant, KiKi’s, that is locally owned and had been featured on the Food Network. He even picked up the bill!

El Paso is built around a solid rock mountain. Tim tells stories of remembering the blasting when they carved a road through the mountain  to connect the east and west sides of the city.

We drove to the University of Texas Sun Bowl stadium. I also got several scenic views of Franklin Mountain from lookout points all the way at the top.

It was a great end to a wonderful workshop.

Sun Bowl University of Texas

If you ever get to El Paso look up my friend Tim. He is a great tour guide and will keep you intrigued by the local folklore.

Inside the Sun Bowl

Beside the Franklin, Mountains

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