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May 28, 2016 - Las Cruces, NM - White Sands Nat'l Monument

Las Cruces – Historic Mesilla: We had to visit the Mesilla district to see the courthouse where Billy the Kid was tried and sentenced to hang. The building itself is a surprisingly small adobe structure that is now a gift shop. The building once served as the Capitol of the Arizona and New Mexico territories. Interestingly, Billy's lawyer who had an office down the street was later murdered along with his eight year old son. Billy the Kid, after sentencing was transferred to Lincoln, NM to be hanged, but, he escaped. Later he was gunned...

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Apr 19, 2016 - Las Cruces, NM - Los Cruces KOA

Our trip from Ft. Stockton, TX to Las Cruces, NM encompassed 299 miles of I-10 with about 40 miles of it going around El Paso and then connecting again with I-10. That loop we took on the east side of El Paso was about the same distance as going through El Paso on I-10 but much less traffic - definitely a preferred way to get through El Paso. The trip took almost exactly five hours and most of a pot of coffee! Doris is starting to use my camera and is getting the hang of it and we have a few more pictures this trip. We also had nothing but...

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Mar 31, 2016 - Time to go East

It's with mixed feelings that we leave Tucson; but, leave we must. We've spent a lot of time with Joe & Jennifer & her family over the past month. We all miss Barbara but life must go on. So, we hit the road early in the morning and had a nice driving day to Las Cruces, NM. Our favorite rest area was closed at Texas Canyon so we continued on to Lordsburg for a lunch stop. We stayed at our usual campground in Las Cruces at Hacienda. We just had some dinner at home and got some rest.

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Summer 2015 & Beyond

Mar 25, 2016 - Las Cruces, NM

We traveled US 70 to Las Cruces, NM where we stayed at Las Cruces KOA. We chose this park because it sits up on a hill overlooking the city and with a great view of the Organ Mountains, one of my favorite range of mountains. The reason we chose to stay here is that I have always wanted to visit Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. One day we did take a drive to that city which is about 80 miles north of Las Cruces. The name of the city always intrigued me so we went to find out why? It seems the town originally known as Hot Springs was crazy...

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Winter 2016

Mar 19, 2016 - Las Cruces

We are now on our way towards Las Cruces, New Mexico where we intend to stay over the weekend and along the way we camped overnight again at Rock Hounds State Park. This too is a nice quiet park near the mountains and close to the Mexican border. We experienced gale force winds during the night so that we were actually rocked to sleep. We did not even go for our morning walk because the winds were still very strong and felt really cold. Today will be another chores day in order to be ready for another week. I also have to do a few minor...

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Mar 15, 2016 - Outta Texas

Today was a very long day. Our Captain is exhausted. He drove over five hours on the freeway, and after four hours, had to navigate through downtown El Paso. -- We stopped for fuel before the sun was up and paid $1.79 a gallon, which we thought was not bad. The sun was shining on the freeway signs as we headed onto the on-ramp. -- There were no more wildflowers and no more green grass today. There were no hills; only a few buttes in the distance. Whenever we pass through this area of Texas, we are so bored by the scenery that we end up...

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Pretty Damn Nice!

Jan 28, 2016 - Las Cruces, NM.

We are on our way. Tonight is an overnight stay at a WalMart in Las Cruces. We spent the evening with our friend Ros Brown, who now lives in Las Cruces. It was a surprise to her. We had promised that we would certainly let her know if we were ever in Las Cruces. We had dinner at Applebees. It was good to see her again.

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Jan 10, 2016 - White on White

Today we took a ride to the Tularosa Basin in southern New Mexico to White Sands National Monument-shimmering white dunes covering 275 square miles. The sea of sand is actually the largest gypsum dunefield in the world. The mineral gypsum is found in the rocks of the mountain ranges surrounding the basin. Rain and snow dissolve it and wash the gypsum down into the basin, then as the water evaporates it leaves the crystals which the wind eventually erodes into sand. (So much for a very condensed history lesson millions of years in the...

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Jan 9, 2016 - Traveling thru New Mexico

We finally left Texas behind and entered into New Mexico today.The scenery is beginning to change and we are seeing snow on the mountain tops.After checking into the campground today we had lunch at an authentic mexican resturant.They love their spices and hot salsa! We toured the historic town of Mesilla and attended mass at the Basilica of San Albino. We are planning on staying another day then on to Arizona.

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Jan 5, 2016 - just chillin'

We were fortunate to have a grand tour our first day here from Jim & Debi, listeners to our RV Navigator podcast and local residents. They told us that Las Cruces is the second largest city in New Mexico, which was a surprise. Santa Fe feels much larger and is certainly more affluent. This is a university town which adds some culture and dimension to what to us feels like a small town with a lot of poor people. Las Cruces is bordered on the east by a dramatic rise of mountains, the Organs, so called because they looked like organ pipes to...

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Jan 3, 2016 - staying put

A short and beautiful drive today past El Paso to Las Cruces where we plan to linger a while. The sun was bright and the skies were the vivid blue we expect in the southwest. The route wound through the Guadalupe Mountains which contain the highest mountain in Texas in a national park. The summit at 5,400 feet was probably socked in with snow not long ago and there were signs warning of high winds. Today it just was a gorgeous drive. We've driven past Las Cruces a few times. Now we will take the time to see what's here and recover from all...

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Nov 21, 2015 - Roswell to Los Cruses New Mexico

Monday Nov. 16, 2017 (Bottomless Lakes State Park & Artesia NM) It was very windy so we decided to take a short day trip first to Bottomless Lakes State Park and then to the town of Artesia. Bottomless Lake State Park is located 14 miles southeast of Roswell. The unique lakes at this park are sinkholes, ranging from 17 to 90 feet deep. The greenish-blue color created by aquatic plants is what gives the lakes the illusion of great depth. As it was very windy we didn’t do too much hiking so we continued on our day trip. Next stop was...

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