Day 224: Horse Sense

One of the larger cities in New Mexico,—Las Cruces, “The City of the Crosses”—has about 94,000 inhabitants. It is a scenic city, situated on a relatively flat plain with the Organ Mountains, ten miles away, serving as a backdrop. It is home to Mexico State University and is a popular destination for retirees from the north who want to spend their retirement years without snow. Laetitia and her group toured Old Mesilla, just south of Las Cruces. Historically, it was a major stopping point for those traveling between San Diego and San Antonio.

Billy the Kid once was tried for two murders in Mesilla. He was convicted of one and acquitted of the other. One of the interesting things on display there is the barber chair where Billy had his hair cut before the trial. With its adobe church built in 1855 and other historic buildings, the town has a nineteenth-century southwestern flavor.

Las Cruces is in horse country, and that was the subject of happy hour conversation. It provided the limerick of the day.

For riding companions, Rose chooses
Just a few of the men from Las Cruces
Caring not for panache
Nor oodles of cash
She prefers men who ride appaloosas.