On Wednesday we rolled into Las Cruces, NM where we
will stay till Monday. While here we will visit some of the local
sights, our first being Old Mesilla.
Old Mesilla is a small village just south of Las Cruces.
It was established when the treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo,
which ended the Mexican-American war in 1848,
set the boundary between the two countries.
A number of people who now found themselves living in the United States but
preferred to live in Mexico moved south and established Mesilla in what was then still Mexico.
5 years later - boundary disputes between Mexico and the US were resolved
with the Gadsden Purchase - which moved the boundary further south to its
present location, and Mesilla became part of the US.
The Gadsden Purchase documents were signed in 1853 here in Mesilla on the town square.
A reminder that you can click on photos for a large version.
On Weds night we determined that it would be prudent to perform some
Pre-Thanksgiving warmups, so we went to dinner at The Double Eagle,
a nice restaurant on the square famous for its aged steaks and wine list.
In a historic building loaded with period antiques, it was a memorable evening.
We arrived early for dinner and were promptly seated in the more
casual courtyard section.
I had an aged NY Strip that was out of this world.
By the time we were done with dinner the quiet restaurant was filled.
On Thanksgiving morning a Road Runner made an appearance in front of the Bus.
Yesterday we had a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner prepared by Kate.
Turkey, Stuffing, the works.
Where's Waldo...... Notice Gracie on the seat observing...
No sooner than the dishes were done and put away - Kate started to
break out the Christmas Decorations.
We hope that all of you had a great Thanksgiving!
Its been raining on and off here for the past several days,
quite unusual weather for the desert.
Today its cloudy and we are going to have a couch potato day and watch some movies.
Tomorrow (Sunday) we will go visit White Sands National Monument, which
is about an hours drive from here.
We've never been to White Sands but have heard so much about it.
We are really looking forward to our visit.
See you there.