Things were unexpectedly good from the get go. The rumours about El Paso and Ft. Bliss made us think twice about staying here but now I am glad we decided to try it for ourselves.
We arrived an whole 30 minutes ahead of schedule, which rarely happens anymore - okay, so it was because we hit mountain time and gained an hour; I'll take what I can get.
|Sunset on the first night at Fort Bliss|
The Fort Bliss RV park is nothing but a glorified RV suburb but the facilities make up for the close quarters. All sites are wonderfully level pull thru sites and our spot was close to the showers/laundry, which were both much needed after spending 20 days in primitive camping.
The first thing we did was pile into the family shower for a nice hot shower. Then we sorted the clothes, which were piled high in the rv shower - 12 loads total. We rarely use our rv shower to wash in; it has become our laundry shoot.
|Out the same window but during the dust storm.|
We had originally planned on exploring the local zoo but because there was wind/dust advisory we decided not to go, which turned out to be a good thing. When we were coming back from post, the mountain range looked like there was a fog around it because of all the dust.
|The girls at the cookie decorating station.|
The base is VERY kid friendly. Thanks to Margie from the laundry mat, we found an indoor play area for the kids, and there was a valentine day celebration in a beautiful courtyard called freedom crossing where the older kids made valentines cookies and other crafts, while the little ones played on those soft-sided playground things.
|Hanna and Freya at the playground.|
We could easily find stuff to do here for another week but sadly with the weather clearing up tomorrow we will be heading to Hot Wells, Az.