“The exception proves the rule.” Usually, I write my blog posts in chronological order, and as a rule, we don’t drive on Interstates. However, in an effort to visit Death Valley before it becomes too hot for Alie to enjoy, we have been taking I-10 from Lake City, Florida across the country.
Yesterday, we took a few pictures, and I decided to just go ahead and post them.
If you should find yourself in El Paso by choice or by chance (isn’t that a cold recommendation), go out to the airport where you can see the world’s largest equestrian statue. We went to see it because we saw a photo of it when we visited Eagle Bronze Foundry in Lander, Wyoming, but we had no idea it was so big. Standing 36 feet tall, the horse’s hooves are two feet wide and two and a half feet long. It weighs 17 tons. The detail is amazing.
Another foundry cast the original pieces but was unable to finish the project after several years. Monte at Eagle Bronze and an engineer completely redesigned the interior structure to enable the piece to resist a category three storm. Eagle Bronze then finished the work and installed it in less time than their contract allowed — much to the amazement of the El Paso officials.
We stopped in Fort Stockton (think West Texas crude oil) and saw this giant roadrunner. Then just outside Las Cruces, New Mexico we saw an even bigger one at a rest area on the Interstate. I don’t know if it is the world’s largest, but it has to be a contender.
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