Sunday was rally day for the EPMINIS and the day’s rally was set for White Sands New Mexico. After 3 three days of rain it was nice to get out and enjoy the break from the bleakness.
The group met at the Starbucks at Redd Road and after a quick trip update, we were on the way.
There was quite a turnout from the El Paso crowd as well as some MINI motorists from New Mexico. After a brief stop and Micky D’s on Highway 70 in Las Cruises Cruces it was a high speed burn out to the monument. There had been reports that because of the rain we wouldn’t be able to drive in far but the weather had turned in our favor and the road in was open.
There was some sledding:
There was plenty of great photo opportunities and the MINIs all lined up are always quite a show. After a couple of hours it was time to motor.
On our way back, we had a bit of a MINI excursion on our own. We stopped at a few old buildings on the outskirts of Las Cruces and I wandered around for some pics:
Living on the west side of El Paso in the Upper Valley puts you within 30 minutes of Las Cruces. I don’t know if its the water, the elevation or the fact that it’s in New Mexico but there’s a different vibe from El Paso there. Every Saturday they have a market downtown where they show case local artists, farmers and crafts that stretches for about 4 blocks. Its quite impressive.
This past weekend they added chalk artists to the mix giving the boys something to look at other than boring plants, they were especially interested in this one:
the chalk artists occupied about half a block and they even had a section of a parking lot taped off so the kids could go and create their own drawings.
Chalk it up
Of course our boys paid no attention to the taped area and drew on the side walk but in their defense there wasn’t much room left. Since the street is blocked off it gives the vendors lots of room to set up on both sides of the street utilizing the center for walking and additional space if necessary.
They have such wide variety of vendors and artists you never know what you’ll stumble across. The local Humane Society even had a selection of dogs available for adoption.
We had originally went to look at the chalk artists but by noon many were still working on their pieces and we were ready for lunch. We headed out for a quick bite and then off to check out a British car show in old Mesilla.
What do you do when you see a boat in an arroyo, miles from the nearest lake? You stop and take a picture of course:
Last Voyage of the Mark Twain
The arroyo was next to Winchester Lane and Los Alturas in Las Cruces. The boat has been filled with dirt and it looks like somebody planted the plants in it. There is a drip irrigation system that runs to it from the house next door. Odd. A few pics are here at my Flickr stream: Dry Docked