New Mexico: "Cleaner Than Real Mexico..."
January 21, 2013 we finally made it to Las Cruces, New Mexico after having exhausted all of the sight seeing activities near Benson, Az. It was nice to push on...and cross another State Line. We set up camp at Leasburg Dam State Park, which is technically in Radium Springs, and rests right along the Rio Grande. Even without full hook-ups (no sewer) this has been, by far, one of the nicest State Parks we've seen especially when you factor in the price of $14 per night.
|Our camp site at Leasburg Dam. It even had killer wifi!|
|Camp site at sunset.|
|Clark and Cleo hiking near the Rio Grande.|
|The Rio Grande|
|What a great view!|
|Some of the ruins of Fort Shelden. There is a small visitors center which is nicely done.|
|Basilica of San Albino|
|Strangely enough this is right outside of a children's daycare.|
We also enjoyed some great coffee at Milagro y Espresso in Las Cruces. It's a great alternative to your corporate Starbucks type coffee shops but still gets as crowded due to its proximity to the college and the fact that their coffee really is that good (we went twice...the second time because Clark liked it so much...and that's saying a lot).
We ate at Sparky's, home of the World Famous Green Chile Burger. Truth be told, I think Clark still dreams about this burger. You can get a green chile anything here (pretty much) including Green Chile Lemonade and Green Chile Milkshake. It's a fun spot with a lot of character. And of course we stocked up on Green Chile Salsa, jelly and chips.
Overall I absolutely loved the area with it's dry desert air, interesting history and culture and the fact there is a lot of farmland and orchards. A strange blend but so inviting.