We had a difficult decision to make: spend a day in Las Cruces as planned, or press on to Arizonia ending the long string of nights in hotels. Hotels aren’t too bad if it is just adults. But pre-schoolers don’t get the whole not jumping, running and screeching thing. You grow weary of the additional parental demands.
We decided to head out to Arizona, after spending the morning poking around Las Cruces. We went to the bosque near town and spent time listening to birds and looking for lizards. The mountains in the distance were pretty as well.
Then back to Mesilla, one of the early towns in New Mexico. It was the capital of Arizona and New Mexico, and a stop on the stage coach trail predating the pony express. Billy the Kid was tried and sentenced there before he escaped.
For lunch we stopped at a local cafe, the Cafe Don Felix. It is known for some great local flavor. We ate on the patio to take in ambiance. The chiles were HOT. That was some hot salsa, and my green combo plate (enchilada, taco, carnitas & chili renello) was delicious and hot.
Around 1 pm we hit the road west one last time.
In some ways New Mexico was the same as western Texas. But there were more billboards to break up the landscape. We also saw a lot of dirt devils, little dust storms. Fortunately no big ones blocking our way. Then suddenly there were yellow wildflowers everywhere. They were beautiful!
At one point we hit an immigration check point. We weren’t very close to the border, but sufficiently in the middle of nowhere that traffic wouldn’t back up too much. “Are you U.S. citizens?” “Yes” while conveniently wearing my adoption agency hat in case CavSon was mistaken for hispanic in the dark. “Okay.” That’s it, on our way.
I also saw a car with Georgia plates with a table tied to the top. A folding, plastic table. Yep, they couldn’t travel cross country without that. I’m thinking it cost them more than it cost in extra fuel due to the drag the thing created. At the hotel in Las Cruces, there was a pick up truck that had a cab like a semi. It was pretty cool looking. Later in Arizona I saw a car with speaker wire keeping the passenger door closed. The things you notice…
We stopped at one of the few rest areas in New Mexico to stretch our legs, and take the picture above of the wild flowers. But this sign struck my eye. Not exactly what I had hoped to see. I figure snakes are pretty scared of people and will stay off the beaten path.
Soon we were crossing the border into Arizona. I have never seen so many patrol cars. They seemed to be everywhere, pulling people over. We saw many places I’d like to return to: Tombstone, Cochise’s stronghold and national parks. We stopped at at rest area in the Texas Canyon. The rocks changes significantly while in the canyon.
Not too soon we were in Tucson. We stopped at our future home to show the kids. Then it was on to our friends’ home for a home cooked meal (!!!) and time to relax.
Since arriving we have signed all the paperwork, and will pick up the keys later today. I’m ready to put down some new roots.
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