Guerrilla Art and a Hike in Franklin Mountains State Park

I stopped for a few days in El Paso to visit my friend Chrissy and as usual we had the best time. In addition to our usual activities of swimming, watching old movies, eating too much guacamole, and playing Clue, Chrissy asked if I wanted to participate in one of her awesomeness projects for her blog, suggesting we might try making some guerrilla art. Having just seen some cool examples of sidewalk art in Biloxi, I was feeling inspired and immediately agreed. So on a windy, blustery day we walked down to the park and set about attempting to engage (or at least get a laugh out of) potential viewers. This was my first go-round with chalking up a sidewalk since… well, I don’t know how long, but I took this job very seriously. I hope those basketball players, fitness walkers, and skateboarders felt motivated and loved!

Chrissy making people aware of a potential good picnic spot, El Paso, Texas

Chrissy making people aware of a potential good picnic spot, El Paso, Texas

Me, El Paso, Texas. Photo by Chrissy.

Me, El Paso, Texas. Photo by Chrissy.

Chrissy's message pointing out a fundamental aspect of basketball and hopefully securing a smile, El Paso, Texas

Chrissy’s message pointing out a fundamental aspect of basketball and hopefully securing a smile, El Paso, Texas

Me, El Paso, Texas. Photo by Chrissy.

Me, El Paso, Texas. Photo by Chrissy.

My deepest and most inspirational thought of the day, El Paso, Texas

My deepest and most inspirational thought of the day, El Paso, Texas

If not you... Who? El Paso, Texas

If not you… Who? El Paso, Texas

Chrissy and I also went hiking at Franklin Mountains State Park on the west side of El Paso. Chrissy, Carrie, and I went to the park around New Years 2014 but this time Chrissy brought me to the other side to hike some different trails. We climbed up to see a couple caves first, then strolled around some flat trails. One of the trails had a bird blind too which was a neat way to observe the birds up close without disturbing them. Overall, I enjoyed this side of the mountain range more and am very glad we did some hikes there. More than anything, I’m so glad I got to see Chrissy!

Aztec Caves Trail, Franklin Mountains State Park, El Paso, Texas

Aztec Caves Trail, Franklin Mountains State Park, El Paso, Texas

Caves, Aztec Caves Trail, Franklin Mountains State Park, El Paso, Texas

Caves, Aztec Caves Trail, Franklin Mountains State Park, El Paso, Texas

From the mouth of the cave, Aztec Caves Trail, Franklin Mountains State Park, El Paso, Texas

From the mouth of the cave, Aztec Caves Trail, Franklin Mountains State Park, El Paso, Texas

From inside the cave, Aztec Caves Trail, Franklin Mountains State Park, El Paso, Texas

From inside the cave, Aztec Caves Trail, Franklin Mountains State Park, El Paso, Texas

More caves, Aztec Caves Trail, Franklin Mountains State Park, El Paso, Texas

More caves, Aztec Caves Trail, Franklin Mountains State Park, El Paso, Texas

This, Ladies and Gentlemen, is how you descend a mountain in style, Aztec Caves Trail, Franklin Mountains State Park, El Paso, Texas

This, Ladies and Gentlemen, is how you descend a mountain in style, Aztec Caves Trail, Franklin Mountains State Park, El Paso, Texas

Descending on Aztec Caves Trail, Franklin Mountains State Park, El Paso, Texas

Descending on Aztec Caves Trail, Franklin Mountains State Park, El Paso, Texas

Mountains seen from Lower Sunset Trail, Franklin Mountains State Park, El Paso, Texas

Mountains seen from Lower Sunset Trail, Franklin Mountains State Park, El Paso, Texas

Chrissy making music by rattling a dried yucca plant, Lower Sunset Trail, Franklin Mountains State Park, El Paso, Texas

Chrissy making music by rattling a dried yucca plant, Lower Sunset Trail, Franklin Mountains State Park, El Paso, Texas

Lower Sunset Trail, Franklin Mountains State Park, El Paso, Texas

Lower Sunset Trail, Franklin Mountains State Park, El Paso, Texas

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