|We left Hueco Tanks and headed Towards El Paso, deciding to make a slight detour to Ysleta, the oldest settlement in Texas, founded in 1682. We proceeded to drive through El Paso without stopping for anything other than stop signs and stoplights. This seemed like a good strategy as we did not see any drug gangs. We headed on to the New Mexico border making our way to Las Cruces. We stopped in Mesilla, New Mexico founded in 1858 and checked out the Plaza which is known for its unique shopping. Most of the stores were closed. Kathy was able to find a market that sold dried pepper wreath (a sharp contrast to her succulent wreath, but maybe a hint of things to come), we will return tomorrow when more stores are open. We ended up at the KOA in Las Cruces, NM.