el paso desert
El Paso Franklin Mountains

In Mark Twain’s travel narrative, Innoncents Abroad, he describes his voyage by rail from Missouri to California in one long, beautiful sentence:

” Thirteen hundred miles of desert solitude; of limitless panoramas of bewildering perspective; of mimic cities of pinnacled cathedrals, of massive fortresses, counterfeited in the eternal rocks and splendid with the crimson and gold of the setting sun; of dizzy snows, where thunders and lightning a and tempests warred magnificently at our feet and the storm clouds above swung their shredded banners in our very faces!”

el paso desert 2
El Paso sunset