so ? Anybody been there ... anybody know where it is ??
At Chaco I met a guy early one morning who, like me, was out taking sunrise pics of the Fajeta Butte . We ran into each other again later , and swapped emails so he could send me a picture ( the one of me on my bike frozen like popsicle ) . He owned a solar company in Las Cruces, talked it up , and when I emailed him back about some RV parks he invited me stay at his place . Like most people (it seems) in the SW he had a dedicated pad with electric and water for his RV and I stayed a few days and had the benefit of local knowledge .
Because with my limited knowledge the best thing I could think of was , southern New Mexico , it must be warm . (After it dipping below 40 at night in Chaco ... I'm ready !) And now that I had looked at a map once or twice on the trip, I knew it was on the Rio Grande . This is what I found !
Take the state university . Place it in a town near the Texas / Mexican border . We are talking desert , high desert . Surround it with mountains . Run the Rio Grande through it and give it major Ag … everything from Pima Cotton , to Pecans , Corn to Cabbage , the famous New Mexican Pepper , onions, garlic , tomatoes … grapes ! NM has a burgeoning wine industry and this is one of the best appellateions . Throw in Spaceport America , Virgin Galactic , White Sands ….and you have a lot going on for an old spanish town of 100k !
Here is a link
Anyway, I have had a blast hiking , running , touring . I literally woke up to the wonderful smell of chilis roasting every morning from the local salsa company . Hungry !!!!
|Mellow & Janets house|
|locked gate while hiking|
|which one ?|
|running trail along Rio Grande|
|low tide on the River Large|
|collection of cacti|
|A Parade of Pima Cotton|
|A Pandemonium of Parrots in the Pecans|