Larry & Cheryl's 2018 Travels travel blog

Tucson to Las Cruces, more desert

The Interstate cuts thru the land

Rolling pasture lands

Brilliant Ocotillo plants, indigenous to South West U.S.A.

Ocotillo and Palo Verde Trees

Palo Verde trees all along the highway

Love the Spring desert wildflowers

Constant line of truckers on Interstate 10

This area is in the path of migratory birds

Desert floor covered in yellow wildflowers

Warning signs of blowing dust ahead

Wonder what kind of orchard this is?

Welcome to New Mexico

New Mexico

Interesting rock formations

More dust storm warnings

One after the other on both sides of the highway

Telling us how to react to the blowing dust



Very important in low visibility


Yucca plants along the medium strip

Signs announcing all the merchandise ahead

. . . but closed long ago.

Continental Divide


Yucca with blooms

Cattle grazing

San Andres Range, Organ Mountains of So.Central N.M.

Our stop for the night, Las Cruces

Sneaking up behind this large fellow

Giant Roadrunner welcomes us

Approaching Las Cruces

Organ Mountains loom over Las Cruces

Las Cruces Elks Lodge

Got my Lodge Pin

We set off for Las Cruces today. Susie & Gary were not sure if they would stop there or continue on, so we all hugged farewell.

New Mexico was still windy but not as bad and mostly pushing us. There was a large stretch of open land that we passed through that could experience dust storms, and there were plenty of warning signs for us to follow.

We had crossed a time line, now into Central Time Zone (Arizona is also Central but does not honor the Daylight Savings Time), so we lost one hour crossing into N.M. Again a bit of a long day's drive. After parking our coach, we walked to the Café by the campground for lunch.

Gary decided this was a good place to stop after all and arrived shortly after us. Later we took them to the Las Cruces Elks Lodge #1119, for a couple drinks and a lodge pin. They are also Elks. That's how we met. They had stayed at our Garden Grove Elks Lodge RV parking area a few years ago.

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