We arrived in Las Cruces and went to Mesilla where we had lunch at La Posta. It used to be an old stagecoach station. Then we went walking around the old plaza.I love the painted doors and window frames in this area of the world. I've seen similar colours when I travelled in Greece.
This is a detail picture of an old bench sitting in the plaza for you to take a brief rest upon.
Once again the quilting image is found on the grill work, a hand along the top.
Different ristras of chilies drying waiting to be taken to someones home. Then we went to the White Sands National Monument.
Look closely, you never know when you will see flowers quietly blooming. If you look again you can see some footprints of a critter or two in the sand.
Keep looking, you never know when a flower will suddenly appear.
These columns are formed by the root systems when the surrounding sands are blown away.
The yucca is the state flower of New Mexico and is found all over the landscape.
The landscape is constantly changing with new plants emerging from where none were before.
At times you would think you were driving through plowed roads where snow has fallen, and then you realize how hot it is.
These picnic shelters are to protect you from the wind and the sand coming from the west. They almost look like ice boats with billowing sails.
We then headed up the Rio Grande and into Albuquerque. Then we drove onto Santa Fe where we walked around the old Plaza neighbour hood.
The carvings around the top of this building were quite spectacular.
The burro bronze is around the corner on Burro Alley, there are several paintings on the wall along the street.
Looking in on a alcove off the main walk.
Then we changed direction and arrived in Las Vegas, talk about a different way to look at things. All the neon lights and colours!
At 11:00 p.m. we went for a walk and enjoyed Andrea Bocelli singing as the waters danced at the Bellagio Hotel. Then we walked along the strip and looked at all the lights dancing in the desert.