Las Cruces, New Mexico
Tuesday morning the sun barely beats us out of the park in Van Horn, Texas. It's a beautiful time of day - one I only need to see occasionally to appreciate :-)
|The morning sun lights the hills.|
|Driving west at sunrise isn't bad until one (or ten) of those diamond plate trucks get in front of you - and reflect the blinding light in your eyes :-(|
And yes, the traffic is heavy through El Paso, but once we're past the construction on the west side we only have the winds to deal with the rest of the way.
When we get to the Coachlight Motel and RV Park in Las Cruces, the site next to John and Pam is open. Sooo great to see them again!
The park isn't a beauty, but the sites are level and everything works. Being close to town at a very reasonable rate is a bonus. A few of the seasonals are "eclectic", but it's quiet and we feel safe. Most nights they are completely full.
A quick set up and we all walk to the little diner attached to the motel. Although the Pit Stop looks as sad as the motel and park, the food is exceptional.
Also in the park are Paul and Marsha who we have never met, but it doesn't take long over dinner later that evening to get to know this fun couple. There's just something about RV-people that all speak the same language :-) Farley's Pub has good food and good brew - the Milk Moustachio Stout (Tractor Brewing Company) is fabulous!!
|John, Jodee, Bill, Paul, Marsha, Pam|
Instead we take John and Pam for the adventure that is Adobe Deli near Deming. The only thing more fun than going, is taking someone for the first time! Really, there's no place like it.
If you don't know what you're looking for you would just drive past. A 1950's school that looks entirely abandoned is home to one of the best restaurants in the area. After parking in the dirt "lot", making it past the loose dogs, through the chainlink gate where the OPEN sign is covered in dry branches, and around the corner you sort of see the sign over the sort of door.
My post from our last visit has more photos, there's a lot to see!
|There are some pretty shady characters here.|
|Billy the Kid is a big deal in these "parts"|
|The Adobe Deli "trolley" is no longer doing whatever it used to do.|
|The "entrance area"|
After our return to Las Cruces, Bill and I head to the little town of Mesilla. The Rio Grande River here is very not grande. It's a sweet historic district, but other than the pretty Catholic church and some restaurants there's not much here.
Thursday is Hatch day! Famous for its chilies and Sparky's green chili cheeseburgers!!
First we follow John and Pam "just around the corner" to the little ghost town of Lake Valley.
The BLM workamper on site shares the history of the place inside the old school house with our teacher companions, who then share it with us on the walking tour. It is absolutely the best way to see it!
|Two buggies waiting for a few delinquents held after class.|
|Classes were held here until the 1950's|
|Looking forward to John's post on this guy's story!|
|This wonderful rock-topped hill overlooks the townsite.|
|While most structures are falling down, some details like this wallpaper and several ceramic door knobs remain.|
|The chrome headlights on this beauty are still shiny!|
|One of the last inhabited homes.|
|Not creepy at all....|
|All that's left of the hotel|
|The original school was the Conoco station in its last incarnation.|
|Learning about the main street that stood here before all burning down in 1895. A common theme in the ghost towns we've visited.|
|With pineapple cole slaw - so simple, so delicious!|
|A few characters keep watch from across the street.|
|One of several walls of a very large collection - all beautiful pieces.|
|Temnospondyl amphibians had four toes on their forelimbs and five on their hind limbs. Beautiful fossils.|
|Found in Arkansas, this large clear quartz crystal is 180 - 200 million years old|
|The collection includes several Ammonites. This Heteroceros is my favorite.|
|Large rose quartz sphere in front of petrified logs|
|Rhodochrosite from Argentina. My favorite color.|
|More pieces in the courtyard. I think this one looks like a long skirt :-)|
|A small church, pretty in its simplicity.|