Back from New Mexico

Hello Friends,

Hope you are well! Our trip to Las Cruces, New Mexico was lovely. It was warm and sunny everyday – EXCEPT the day we had to leave! It snowed all night and day! Getting to airport a hazardous blend of ice skating, bumper cars and obstacle course – adventurous to say the least. Finally, we made it.

I’ve never really spent much time in a desert landscape…it’s pretty much the opposite of Portland’s. Made up of the subtle shades of sand, clay, rock and dust, contrasted by the brilliant blue sky that seems to go on forever.

Here are some photos from the trip…

The first day we wandered the old part of town, called Mesilla….

Little bits of the ole’ west still remain in Mesilla…this historical building housed everything from Billy the Kid t-shirts, a coffee bar and every touristy trinket you can think of…

Here is the San Albino Church, built in 1906. We had lunch at this charming old restaurant called, Josefina’s Cafe.

We had to check out the local market on Saturday morning!

One of the highlights of the trip was our journey into The White Sands National Park! Miles and miles of pure, white gypsum sand dunes.  Some of the scenes from Starwars were filmed here! I can see why…it felt like being on a different planet!

The best part of the dunes was sliding down them! So much fun!!  The climb back up…not so much fun…

All in all it was a great trip. The desert was a new and beautiful experience. Seeing my family was a wonderful bonus too!

Next week, Grace and Ivy will be back in full swing! So check back Monday for some loveliness. Also check out my rather new blog, Curate and Love – featuring art and photography to adore!

Have a fantastic weekend!




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10 responses to “Back from New Mexico

  1. I can’t tell you how much I love the high desert- so, so beautiful, isn’t it?! love all of your photos, my dear, but the last photo is especially lovely! gorgeous! so glad you had a wonderful time-

  2. Incredible photographs, Ivy! I really enjoyed this tour and so glad you made it back safely. Are these with your new camera?

    xo – g

  3. Tara

    What lovely photos — especially of Grace! Your pictures make me want to visit, too.


  4. Your photos are so beautiful! New Mexico is on my must see list and your photos only make me want to go sooner rather than later. Lovely!


  5. welcome back – i love the saucers and just think how good that climb up was for your tight buns!
    on the way to airport to send my son back to snowy cold midwest…………….

  6. I love the photos of Grace, especially the one with her and Chris on the sand. She is looking older by the minute!

  7. These photos are LOVELY. I LOVEEE the one of your daughter and your husband?boyfriend? holding hands on the sand! AHH! beautiful!

    Check out my portfolio if you ever have some time too :)

    I love your blog<3

    • Hi Doris! Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving such lovely comments! That really means a lot to me. :) I just looked at your portfolio and you have some really fabulous work. Your pictures made me smile! You seem really good at capturing a mood or a personal moment. I also loved seeing your pics with the “Gum Wall” in them. I love Seattle and that wall always cracks me up (and grosses me out)! You blog is super fun too! Thx again! Have a great rest of the week! xo

  8. Pingback: First Impressions: Mesilla Valley (Las Cruces, NM) « Spending 12 Weeks In A Tech-Filled Travel Trailer

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