After 4 nights, we decided we are weary of wilderness. We need some commotion. Maybe a siren. Some exhaust fumes! So we left the park and headed towards El Paso. Our first thought was to stop there overnight on the way to Tucson to visit friends. The folks in the RV across from us at the park, however, described El Paso as the armpit of Texas. Part of us wanted to experience that, especially after the pristine beauty of the Big Bend Nat’l Park. The other part wanted a plan “B.” You can guess which part was whose, and which won. Las Cruces, NM. As we passed through El Paso and near Juarez, we decided we liked Plan B.
Once firmly ensconced in the Walmart parking lot @ Las Cruces, we looked at options for the next couple days. There was actually cell phone and internet service here!!! We had built some extra time into our wandering, and the question was how to best use it. Looking at the map, there is a town called “Truth or Consequences, NM.” And it is only an hour north of our current location.
First, though, just to confirm our resurfacing into the digital world, we needed to replace the screen on Liz’s brand new Samsung Galaxy S7 phone. It seems it made a close and abrupt contact with the ground. There was a place in Las Cruces with the necessary part and expertise.
We experienced no particular Consequences (That’s the truth). So time to continue onwards towards California. On the way, Hatch NM…self-anointed Chili Pepper capital of the world. Our next stopping point: Tucson, where we met a couple couples (not a typo!) of old friends. Great to catch up. Our “plan” for Tucson, at the encouragement of Heidi and Jack Wells was to visit the Arizona-Sonoma Desert Museum on Sunday morning on the way out of town. Once again, we are reminded not to plan. POURING RAIN. In the desert, I might add. Since this museum is 80% outdoors, we made the decision to put it on the list for a future visit.
In driving a bit around Tucson, we did get to SEE the desert…and it is quite different from the vast expanse of Texas and New Mexico we crossed. Lots of awesome and BIG cactus…esp. Saguaro. Old friend Jack Hinkes explained that the desert and some of the abundance of cactus-types are not your friend…as he was attempting to desert-scape a somewhat overgrown area of his property. He described Jumping Cholla as a particular (and painful) nuisance cactus. Not to mention Rattlesnakes.
Our next destination is San Diego; however it exceeds our desired distance to travel in one day. Therefore, we are going to find a place somewhere between Tucson and SD — perhaps Yuma. Unless of course we happen upon a place with a name as consequential, and therefore essential as T&C, NM.