It’s fair to say that El Paso is at times in better touch with New Mexico than it is with Texas.
We share our water, desert and mountains. We dispute our football dominance over I-10. We like our salsas flavorful and spicy.
Who doesn’t love New Mexican green chile?
When the Chihuahuan sand gets to boil our El Pasoan toes, many of us ditch the summer heat and take to the New Mexican mountains. We take to Ruidoso’s pines and rivers. We take to Cloudcroft’s fragrant mountain air. The higher our vehicles climb up those steep roads, the faster our pores vent out that dry desert heat off our bodies.
Their homelands become our campgrounds and getaways.
Around this time of year and every year in the mountain village of Cloudcroft, one can find its dry skating rink occupied by tent after tent of handmade arts and crafts.
July Jamboree, they call it.
More than 30 vendors, mostly from west Texas and Southern New Mexico, travel up the mountain to show and sell their wares.
Many from Hondo Pass, Alomogordo, Las Cruces, Juárez, El Paso and other neighboring cities walk from shop to shop, talking, mingling, chewing, carrying and wearing their new treasures.
Take a minute to peek into this year’s July Jamboree.
Give yourself a destination next summer. . .