Saturday, June 6, 2015

Day 5, Saturday June 6th - Around Las Cruces

We picked up Sandra's Uncle Murray and friend Peggy around 8:45 and headed to the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum.  This is an interesting place, with extensive animal husbandry displays (w/ live animals), displays of area agriculture going as far back as the Mogollon culture, plus several art exhibits.  Worth a visit for kids of all ages.

We headed for the next museum on our list, the Zuhl Museum at NMSU.  It was closed tighter than that proverbial drum.  So, 'twas downtown for the other 3 museums and a visit to the craft market that ran 4 long city blocks on the blocked-off Main Street.  Lots of crafts, some food, and some musicians - right in front of one of our favorite stops, the COAS Book Store.

The museums are all clustered on Main St. at one intersection, in repurposed commercial buildings.  The Museum of Nature & Science covers dinosaurs, the Permian era, local desert facts, and the discovery of Pluto (the on again-off again planet).  The Museum of Art had a "juried" display of local contemporary art - I think one of the artists may be emulating Jackson Pollock.  The Branigan Cultural Center had more on the discoverer of Pluto, but I think one exhibit area was closed as I didn't see some of the local history I remember seeing on a previous visit.

Lunch was at the Mesilla Valley Kitchen, which is notable for home made potato chips w/ the salsa, instead of tortilla chips.

After a break in midafternoon, we picked up Murray & Peggy & went to La Nueva Casita, where we met Sandra's cousin Darren, for supper.  Sandra had a taco salad & Bill a fancy taco dish.  Bill wasn't impressed.  Then it was reconfigure the Subaru for travel & hope for a good night's sleep.

Tomorrow - Rockhound State Park near Deming and Gila Cliff Dwellings Nat'l Monument, with a stay at Silver City.

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