This morning we woke up to 25 degrees! Fred had to knock off some ice from our drain hose to pack it up. We took showers and headed back to El Mirador, the restaurant we ate in last night. This morning it was Huevos Rancheros with plenty of green chilies for me. Fred had a Spanish omelet with "Christmas" chilies, both red and green. Yummy and quite filling to keep us going all day.
We headed south out of Deming along state highway 11 to Columbus, NM, right along the Mexican border. This is the town that Pancho Villa raided in March 1916. He was angry at President Wilson for siding with the Mexican President during one of the Mexican revolutions. Columbus was and is still not much of a town, they actually call themselves a village. The pictures in the link below show you all there is to see in Columbus. There are maybe 200 people living there, not sure. Anyway, the Mexicans did kill about 12 people and the Army, which was camped there killed about 200 Mexicans before it was all over.
In retaliation, President Wilson sent General Jack Pershing into Mexico to find Pancho Villa. This was an unsuccesful expedition. Pancho Villa was assinated in 1923 near his home in Mexico.
We did spend about an hour in the Columbus railroad depot which is now a small museum. It has a bit of Pancho Villa info with pictures and stories from the survivors. They even had one of Pancho Villa's hats and a copy of his death mask! Also on display are various railroad memorabilia and settler/inhabitant artifacts. They have a 1929 Sears & Roebuck's catalog, which they have taken apart page by page to put in plastic sheets in a binder. There was an interesting saddle with a turquoise pummel. It was all interesting. but the heat had been off during the night and we arrived just as it opened at 10am, so it was darn cold. Time to get back in the van and turn the heat on high!
From there we continued on state highway 9 west direction Arizona. This was a small highway, which was exactly the way we like to travel. We were stopped at a police check point on this road, checking Id and vehicle registration and the officer laughed an said "did we know there wasn't any parties or anything else along the road we were traveling?" We all chuckled and told him we were just exploring back roads. On we went with very few vehicles going or coming along our path.
Continuing our drive, saw a small monument marking the site where Geronimo surrendered. Did not stop, so just a passing view.
Eventually, we arrived in Douglas AZ, then on to Bisbee and finally for the night in Benson. Was a good trip today, doing the kind of non-freeway driving that we enjoy. Also no wind today- yipee!
Tomorrow we reach our destination, Cottonwood. We are both eagerly looking forward to our visit with everyone there.
Till we next have adventures to share.
Michelle and Fred
Traveling the country so you don't have to!