I have been blessed to have been able to visit several arid countries. I am one of those odd people that simply adore desert regions, and was thrilled to visit Israel and Egypt.
I fell in love with desert living when George was stationed at Ft Bliss in El Paso, Texas. Other Army wives had told me how “awful” the post was and all of them mentioned how “ugly and empty” the desert was there.
I found it incredibly beautiful and full of life.
There were, of course, areas that were planted and well watered but I found them less beautiful than the open desert areas. The City’s rose garden comes to mind as a pretty place. The gun range at Ft Bliss though was simply gorgeous to me. the shades of sand and stone, the various shades of olive and green in the plant life. The flickering beauty of the Monarch butterflies passing through town twice a year.
My favorite place to take the boys for a day was the Wilderness Park in north El Paso.We spent literally hours every week wandering through the park.
Seeing the deserts overseas just reinforced my love of the desert. It made me feel right at home to see the colors of the sands and rocks..the plant life..the animals. It made me understand just how small our planet really is, that no matter how far one travels you are still at home.