Ron & Elena's 2007-2010 Travels travel blog

First Presbyterian Church, Carlsbad, NM

Typical view along today's route. Straight lonely road, beautiful sky, and very...

There were many oil wells and oil storage facilities in this area.

George W. Bush spent much of his boyhood years in this home...


A few photos of the inside of the home. The furnishings are...



Our docent telling us about some of the items in the kitchen.


George W's bedroom furnished with items similar to his toys and books...

George W. visited the house a couple months ago and said it...

The whole family loved baseball. George played during most of his boyhood...

(Ron Writing) We attended the Easter worship service at the First Presbyterian Church in Carlsbad, NM this morning. All six visitors were each given a pretty carnation. We found this to be a very friendly church and we enjoyed visiting with some of the members and the pastor at the social hour after the service.

This afternoon we left Carlsbad heading east on US-180 and then NM-176. Just east of Eunice, NM we crossed into Texas and, once again, lost that hour. All along this drive and into Texas we were on very lightly traveled roads through high desert plains. We saw some cattle grazing, potash mines and processing plants, and oil wells everywhere. The small towns along the route seem to exist to support the oil business. Again today, we had a nice strong tail wind so the driving was easy and the mileage was great.

At the intersection of TX-176 and TX-349 we turned south on TX-349 and drove the short distance to Midland, TX. We stopped at the boyhood home of George W. Bush which has been restored in recent years and is now open to the public. It’s a modest 1,500 square foot home with three bedrooms. The Bushes moved into this house when George W. was a young boy and then most of his siblings were born while the family lived here.

The furnishings in the home are representative of the period and closely resemble those seen in photos of the house. Barbara Bush remarked that she would have saved all the original furnishings if she’d only known that there were two future presidents, two future governors, and a future first lady living in her house!

The docent told us we were lucky we weren’t in Midland last night since they had a storm come through dropping hail as large as tennis balls! No hail is forecast for tonight and we’re parked at the WalMart Supercenter.

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