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Discovering Las Cruces, New Mexico
Las Cruces, New Mexico is about as interesting a place as you can find. I was there in August of 2010 and spent three days with my aunt and uncle. They took me to some very interesting places.
We started with lunch in Old Mesilla in the center of Las Cruces is this old historic village. We ate wonderful Mexican food at La Posta. Then we walked through the village and did some wine tasting before going to the pecan plantation.
Valley Vista Bed and Breakfast is located in the Organ Mountains coming out of Las Cruces on Highway 70. It is run by Barbara and Arthur Gutzman. They have an upstairs one bedroom apartment and a downstairs one bedroom apartment. They also have a two bedroom trailer on the property if you need something bigger. They raise vegetables and chickens.
Just a few miles beyond them is the White Sands Missile Range. You can tour the museum and see the different missiles in the yard. It is an impressive place and a wonderful educational stop if you have children.
From there you continue on Highway 70 and go through a border check point before reaching White Sands National Park. The gypsum is moving about an inch a day and will one day probably take over the road. Although it was a hot August day while we were there, the gypsum remained cool. It has a different texture than sand and was interesting to walk in. Many come and picnic there. The trip is not complete if you don’t stop at the visitors’ center and learn all you can about White Sands. If you are extra lucky you might get to see a Lorax. I was not so lucky.
I was amazed that I could watch the lightning in the valley and we were not getting any rain. When we did get rain it lasted only about five or ten minutes. The night sky is amazing.
The mountains rise on the east and west sides of the house. I think had I stayed longer I might have hiked up the eastern slope. It could be seen from the back porch and it is my understanding many hikers choose to do that.
I only spent three days in the area and someday I’d like to return. There is a yarn route through the area where you can find different kinds of yarn and their uses. As someone who crochets, I think it would be a great trip to make.
I was surprised at seeing dust devils as they are called. There will be miles and miles of flat land between the highway and the mountains. Wind picks up the sand and creates mini tornados called dust devils. You can sometimes see two or three at time. While I’ve not been in one, I imagine the sand would hurt whipping in circles like that.
If you are looking for something out of the ordinary, Las Cruces, New Mexico just might be the place.