Saturday, November 28, 2015

Thanksgiving - Las Cruces, NM

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.

Beep Beep

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.


  1. When my dad was an undergrad in Las Cruces, we would go to White Sands with other families to picnic and to let the kids play in the sand dunes. I LOVED it! I have not been back since I was in first grade. Have lots of fun for me!!

  2. Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving!! I love seeing all the places You go. Kemp would want the NY strip, that's his favorite! Safe travels

  3. I always love the road runner pictures and other critters you encounter. Looks like a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner, I ended up eating cheezits and tootsie rolls for Thanksgiving, long story. I'll have turkey another day.

  4. What a lovely little town. I don't think we've ever been to Mesilla, will have to make a stop sometime. Looks like you guys are eating well. Loved seeing Gracie in the background. I am sure you will love White Sands... such an other worldly sort of place. Miss you guys so much!!!

  5. Very jealous of your weather and the scenery all nice and green still. It's a balmy 26' here. Ron spent his thanksgiving on the hill guarding the bad guys and I went to Tim and genes new house for dinner.


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