Old Mesilla Plaza
My very good friend from college, and best man at our wedding, decided to pay us a visit out here in the Wild and Wooly West. His name is David Williams, he attended Clemson University, and he loves the Great Desert Southwest. So when he comes out this way, we like to clear our schedule and give him a tour of the surrounding area. This time it would be Old Mesilla, White Sands National Monument, the Franklin Mountains here in El Paso, Cloudcroft, Mission Valley, and a place I cannot believe it’s taken me almost thirty-five years to visit — Hueco Tanks State Park. Over the next six weeks I’ll be showing you the grand tour as we showed David, with two solid weeks devoted to Hueco Tanks alone.
Today we begin with a tour of Old Mesilla, New Mexico. Neither Ursula nor I ever tire of visiting this magical place seemingly stuck in the 1880s, and we go there frequently — usually via this mighty steed:
A streak of light, a cloud of dust, and a hearty, “Hi-yo, Burnt Sienna! Away!”
Alas, with three of us that ain’t gonna happen. Time to roll out the ol’ sedan.
Lights and Leaves
The preserved sights and wonderful look of old adobe buildings dating back to the 19th Century aren’t the only reason for making this trek. The dining venues are an equal draw and the shops are incredibly quaint and in some cases pretty kitschy.
Henry McCarthy, William Bonney, Billie the Kid — Take your pick
The big draw on Sundays, however, has to be the Basilica of San Albino.
San Albino Basilica
And then there are all those other little photo opportunities:
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