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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Going to Town

I never thought going to town would be such a big deal, that lunch and a shopping trip to Wal-Mart would be something I look forward to.  But it is! Going to town means taking a 30 mile drive to Las Vegas, New Mexico, whose motto is "Where the Mountains Meet the Plains."

It's a beautiful drive and never boring because there is much to see. I'm working on a post about what's there on the 6 mile dirt road we take to get to the highway, but I need a few more shots.

Here's a sneak peak of our road. It is kept nicely smoothed by a man in a large road grader. It's a little washboardy in places, but I know just how to position the truck to minimize the washboard rumble.

This is a wide spot. There are a few narrow places where we have to pull over and let others pass. On roads like these, etiquette requires drivers to lift a hand in a kind of salutewave, showing dirt road camaraderie or something like that.

Did you know that many movies have been filmed in Las Vegas, NM including Red Dawn? Las Vegas kept this sign on the side of a building even though they aren't the city of Calumet, Colorado,  the imaginary town in Red Dawn.

Here's a shot of one of the downtown streets. They have kept the place pretty old timey looking.

It's an actual, working downtown, which is awesome. There is no mall in Las Vegas, so you can go downtown to buy clothing, eat, shop for furniture, and go to the bank among other things. Actually, there are two downtowns, Old Town and New Town. That's a long story, one for another time. Hope you have fun visiting!


  1. Reminds me a lot of when I lived in Cortez, Colorado. June

  2. I just looked it up. What were you doing in Cortez?

  3. Old Town "La Plaza Vieja" and New Town "La Plaza Nueva".

  4. living my fantasy life ;)....theer

  5. Thanks for the Spanish lesson, from either Jan or Linda G., my Spanish consultants.

  6. Not Jan or Linda G. A viewer from further north

  7. It's good to know there are more than two people reading. Thanks!

  8. As a native New Mexican it is always interesting what folks who move here think of, not only the country, but also its people.

  9. @Anonymous: People are people, plain and simple. Most are nice and some are stinkers. But amazingly, I haven't met any stinkers,yet.

    I figure if I'm friendly and not a pain in the arse, people will be okay. So far it's working!


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