You may think that because my posting hiatus began while I was posting about our time in New Mexico that I was not a huge fan of the state. That couldn’t be further from the truth. We loved so many things about New Mexico, chiefly the food, the people, and the gorgeous landscapes.
After leaving Silver City,we took a circuitous route to Las Cruces so that we could check out the interestingly named, Truth or Consequences. For those not familiar with the history of how the town received its unique moniker, the town of Hot Springs renamed itself in response to a marketing ploy by the game show, Truth or Consequences. Given its location, I was expecting a sleepy little town. Instead of just a quick trip through the decidedly awake town, we stayed for the day and took part in the local (and very popular) car show at the local VA home. My vote went to a sublime cherry red pickup from days long ago (surprise, surprise), while Van was very attracted to the many, many Mustangs.
We eventually pried ourselves away from the festivities and headed south to one of the nicest places we stayed on this trip, a Days Inn in Las Cruces. As we pulled up to the hotel, Van started pointing and saying “Idaho, Idaho.” We went back through our memory banks and realized that we had only stayed at one Days Inn on this trip before Las Cruces. And it was, in fact, in Idaho. Twin Falls, to be exact. What a memory this kid has!
We spent one full day in Las Cruces soaking up all the culture we could at the excellent New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum. If you’re ever down in Las Cruces, it’s a must see. Highlights included a private demonstration of separating milk from cream, watching the process of making a nail from start to finish, a history of New Mexico license plates, and a stunning photography exhibit on Pie Town. The two most interesting facts I learned that day? That the state actually had to add USA to its license plate at one point because too many people in the rest of the US didn’t realize that New Mexico is actually part of the US. Write this down as reason number 56,323 that travel is important. And secondly, that nails were so valuable before mass production that some settlers would burn down their houses before moving so that they could take the nails with them. After seeing the process of making just one nail, I have a much greater appreciation for the many modern conveniences that allow most Americans (ourselves and just about everyone we know included) to lead such luxurious lives.