"Two roads diverged in a yellow wood... And sorry I could not travel both. I took the one less traveled by. And that has made all the difference." --Robert Frost

Sunday, March 8, 2015

At the Border

Columbus, NM
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.
Steve was really looking forward to crossing into Mexico for some good food and cheap shopping.  We found out that we only needed our drivers license and a copy of a birth certificate or passport to cross over and (more importantly) to get back in!  Curt and Glenda were excited to go too (well, maybe not Glenda so much at first).  We made sure to triple check with the border agents that we really could get back in with the identification we had and they said no problem.  So, off we went.

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 cafĂ© 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!!
Another day while Steve was working, Curt, Glenda and I went to hike Tres Hermanas (Three Sisters) Peaks.  The same ranger who recommended the Garlic Shrimp, gave Curt a great map with directions through the BLM land to get to the mountains.
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.

Beautiful cacti.


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!


  1. Sometimes those small places that don't seem to have much going on turn out to be the best of times. One of the best things about the traveling lifestyle is meeting up with friends along the way. Looking forward to seeing you in April.

    1. It really was fun, and we love Mexican food. We'll be in Kartchner on the 22nd, then a little boondocking, a week in Apache Junction and Surprise at Easter where we'll be most of April. Where are you?

  2. Looks like a great place for hiking and adventuring! Love the picture of the toad and the blooming plants make it even more beautiful!

    1. It's finally getting warmer! The flowers should get more spectacular once we get into Arizona. The hiking was great!

  3. Thanks for the shout out and the great pic of us!!! (I saved it for my files) You guys sure made the most of it being at Pancho Villa.... Will be interesting to see where you end up next!
    KarenInTheWoods and Steveio
    (Blog) RVing: The USA Is Our Big Backyard

    1. Your welcome, it is a cute picture. I just realized your blog name is different, I'll change that!

  4. How cool to see the toad! I guess he didn't mind having his picture taken. So much of the "wildlife" we see in the desert moves faster than me, making it hard to get a pic.

    1. I think the only reason I way able to catch him was that he probably just came out of hibernation and was groggy.


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