Pancho Villa State Park
Don't you just love it when you have the opportunity to have breakfast out with friends? Well it just so happened that as we were leaving the Las Cruses area driving south, our RV friends were doing the same but driving north. So of course we stopped half way and had breakfast at Cracker Barrel.
|Lucy was there as well.|
We met Guy and Sue of Our Rovin Journey in Tennessee at the RV Dreams seminar. We are all part of the "Class of 2014", meaning that at the time of the rally this group of about 15 couples that were currently just dreaming of hitting the road fulltime actually DID. We haven't seen them since April of last year. It was great to see their beautiful 45' Monaco Class A. Just gorgeous! Guy just retired and they are enjoying it! We had a nice time catching up and then were on our opposite drives headed out.
|Sue, Guy & Lucy|
|Spring has sprung|
On our way to Columbus, NM to meet up with Curt & Glenda, another grad of 2014, we drove through the tiny town of Hatch. We didn't know it at the time, but Hatch, NM is the Chile Capitol of the World. This very funky, little restaurant is obviously very popular. Hatch is kind of off the beaten path but that doesn't seem to stop folks. There were a lot of bikers, families and others there.
Now on to Columbus where we will be meeting up with Curt and Glenda of Camp Lowry. Also 2014 grads who we've spent time with before.
First on the agenda was dinner. The town of Columbus is named after Christopher Columbus and has about 1600 residents. Not much here in this tiny border town, but we did find a great place to have some, what else, Mexican food at La Casita. It sure was good. Everything homemade and the dining area was about 15'x15'.
I knew Karen & Steve were also in the area and I was happy they were still in the campground when we arrived. They have a wonderful blog full of their home renovations in Wisconsin and their great road trips in the big motorhome with 2 cute shelties. While we were excited to meet her (I've been enjoying her blog for months) the reason they are still here is probably not as exciting to them. Read about what happened to them here. Their blog is RVing: The USA is our big Backyard
|Steveio & Karen of "RVing: The USA is our big Backyard" Blog|
Karen showed us where the Great Horned Owls were nesting at.
|I don't think that'll be a problem!|
|High point at the campground where they troops kept a watch out for Pancho Villa.|
|At the other end of the tunnel is Mexico.|
It was very easy actually. We parked for free on the US side and just walked across. The Pink Store is a well known restaurant and store. We had a great lunch there and walked through the store. They had many painted clay items, clothes and jewelry. Many come here for very inexpensive dental, glass and prescriptions.
|Brightly colored stores on the main square.|
Back inside the Pink Store is the entry with lots of hanging glass hearts. We had a great lunch of Garlic Shrimp and Rice which one of the Park Rangers suggested we try. Amazing! We also had some cards for free margaritas that Karen had given us. Thanks Karen!! They were yummy.
After our meal we walked around a little bit. It's not really a town you want to wander the back streets or be at night. But it was nice during the day.
Palomas Catholic Church
There was no way we could pass by this little café and not have another meal! So we did. A light dinner. We were even serenaded by these nice gentlemen who played 2 great songs for us. Hard to imagine that the tip we gave them is probably their main form of income.
|Always nice to be back in the Good 'Ol USA!!|
|The 3 Sisters|
There is no trail, so we had to bushwhack our way up after we left the sandy road.
|Here is the Southern Sister that we'll be attempting.|
|The view part way up.|
Here is the mine shaft we were told about. I wasn't getting any closer as I heard bees like to make homes in caves and old mineshafts. You could hear them before you saw them and I wasn't getting any closer! They are known to have Killer Bees in the area.
|Cute heart shaped cactus.|
|Glenda had this strange cactus piece that attached itself on her shoe and was difficult to get off!|
We came upon this Horned Toad (Horny Toad).
|Glenda & Curt|
We didn't make it all the way to the top but we had a great hike with a great view!
That's Glenda way down there at the bottom.
As it turns out, we didn't think there would be much to do while we were in Columbus, but we had a great time! Meeting new friends, more good food and a great hike!