Sunday, January 27, 2008

Las Cruces, New Mexico

We passed into New Mexico yesterday, which means we can safely add New Mexico to our map of the US sticker on the side of our trailer. Terribly exciting stuff. We also passed over the Continental Divide shortly after entering New Mexico. We are staying at a place that was recommended by another RVer. They have complimentary breakfast in the morning until 10:00, so we will have to get going if we are going to take advantage of that. We have no idea what a "breakfast" consists of, and we're hoping it will be more than doughnuts and coffee. They also have a really nice hot tub ("hydrotherapy spa pool" by their accounting). It is a big one--shaped like an elongated hexagon--and we estimate that 20 people could easily fit in it comfortably. It makes it possible to walk around and stretch one's legs, which always feels good to me.

We're looking into some sort of signal boost device for the wireless internet. Apparently, mine doesn't have enough poop, and that's why we've been having trouble with any of the free wi-fi that is available. Mike claims it will be faster than using the phone if we get this device, and as always, I have given up trying to understand these things.

The tour book tells us that "a little forest of crosses marking the graves of members of a caravan ambushed by Mescalero Apaches" came to identify Las Cruces. It sits at the foot of the Organ Mountains, a very pretty mountain range to the northeast of town. By the mid-19th century, Las Cruces was a major supply point for mining operations and forts that protected the trade routs to Santa Fe and points west.

The town's real foundation is agriculture. It is irrigated by the Rio Grande River (which appeared mostly dry to us). They are the leading producer of alfalfa, chilies, onions, corn, cotton and pecans. It is also the home of New Mexico State University.

We are probably going to spend the day seeking out the above electronic device, and tomorrow we will probably drive up to see the White Sands National Monument. More later.