The area was founded by Franciscan friars in 1850 at an important mountain pass, and it became an agricultural producer. The city was incorporated in 1873 and today is a sprawling growing community with a population over 649,000. The Rio Grande River forms the international boundary. 

We camped at Hueco Tanks state park. For thousands of years, desert dwellers and travelers have used rainwater trapped in the natural rock basins, or "huecos" found in the rocky outcrops at this historic site. Today you can hike to the tanks of water and view the pictograph drawings. 

We camped at Hueco Tanks state park. For thousands of years, desert dwellers and travelers have used rainwater trapped in the natural rock basins, or "huecos" found in the rocky outcrops at this historic site. Today you can hike to the tanks of water and view the pictograph drawings. 

We were able to meet with our friend, business partner, and Shaklee Master Coordinator, Nevena Christi at her custom boot factory in El Paso. 

We were able to meet with our friend, business partner, and Shaklee Master Coordinator, Nevena Christi at her custom boot factory in El Paso. 

"Rocketbuster" boots are known world wide for their quality, craftsmanship, and individuality. 

"Rocketbuster" boots are known world wide for their quality, craftsmanship, and individuality. 

Nevena is a "collector", pictured are Roy Rodgers and Dale Evan's autographed boots. 

Nevena is a "collector", pictured are Roy Rodgers and Dale Evan's autographed boots. 

Gene Autry commissioned this pair and autographed them. 

Gene Autry commissioned this pair and autographed them. 

Just one of her many collections: toy cowboy guns. 

Just one of her many collections: toy cowboy guns. 

Nevena is an extremely talented artist; just give her your idea and she can transform them into a pair of custom boots. I was able to view drawings of wedding boots, dragon flies, and yes even snakes. 

A work in progress

A work in progress

A finished pair

A finished pair

All of the samples are in Nevena's size. She wears them to events and shows; this is her ingenious marketing plan.

All of the samples are in Nevena's size. She wears them to events and shows; this is her ingenious marketing plan.

One of her artists working on "under the sea" boots. Notice the bubbles

One of her artists working on "under the sea" boots. Notice the bubbles

Almost all of the artists in the factory are 3rd generation boot makers.

Almost all of the artists in the factory are 3rd generation boot makers.

This is a custom pair of "super bowl" boots that are on rush order to be worn at the game. The lady will be at the 50 yard line, so look for them.

This is a custom pair of "super bowl" boots that are on rush order to be worn at the game. The lady will be at the 50 yard line, so look for them.

Another view  

Another view  

This pair will be a gift for a WWII vet from his grandkids; his plane flew over Normandy.

This pair will be a gift for a WWII vet from his grandkids; his plane flew over Normandy.

Very precise craftsmanship  

Very precise craftsmanship  

"Day of the Dead" Mexican boots

"Day of the Dead" Mexican boots

One more pair of Lone Star cowboy boots

One more pair of Lone Star cowboy boots

Nevena recommended this "authentic", long established, family restaurant. We LOVED it! 

Nevena recommended this "authentic", long established, family restaurant. We LOVED it! 

Shaklee family: Elizabeth Shouty from Palm Beach was also in town.  

Shaklee family: Elizabeth Shouty from Palm Beach was also in town.  

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