The drive ended up taking over an hour to get there, driving down a "in the middle of nowhere" type road. At one point Kevin and I began to notice an ashy color all over the ground, followed by what looked like lava rocks. Instantly we began to think "no way, those can't be lava rocks...". They were everywhere and the ground was covered by ashes. It was unreal. Had we taken that route back home, we probably would have stopped to pick one up. Today, I decided to look it up on the internet to check that area out. Turns out that what we thought was accurate as can be! What we saw was reminisce of an ancient volcanic explosion! How cool is that? Needless to say, we will be going back out there to check the area out even more. It is called the Kilbourne Hole.
This picture does not show the volcanic ash or the lava rocks. This is just an area we drove through.
After driving for well over an hour, we ended in Columbus, NM. Columbus is a border town, sharing the border with Puerto Palomas, Chihuahua Mexico. This is one of the smallest towns we have ever been to! We were able to visit and tour the Depot Museum that held all different types of things from around 1916 in relation to Francisco "Pancho" Villa and The Battle of Columbus.
A little history I pulled up on it:
On March 9, 1916, on the orders of Mexican revolutionary leader Francisco "Pancho" Villa, (Colonel) Francisco Beltrán, (Colonel) Candelario Cervantes, (General) Nicolás Fernández, (General) Pablo López and others led five hundred men in an attack against the town, which was garrisoned by a detachment of the U.S. 13th Cavalry Regiment. Villa's army burned a part of the town and killed seven or eight soldiers and 10 residents before retreating back into Mexico.
United States President Woodrow Wilson responded to the Columbus raid by sending 10,000 troops under Brigadier General John J. Pershing to Mexico to pursue Villa. This was known as the Punitive Mexican Expedition or Pancho Villa Expedition. The expedition was eventually called off after failing to find Villa, who had successfully escaped.
It was a real neat experience and the kids had a blast!
Following our outing at the museum, we decided to head over to the Open House at the Fire Department. They had drinks, food, goodies for the kids, Smokey the Bear, and more! The kids were able to play in water when the firemen loaded up on the truck and sprayed them all with the water hose. They played games, including Bean Bag Toss and a Cake Walk. Kevin and I each won a raffle. Candles and a gift card! Each on of the kids came home with two bags full of coloring books, stickers, pencils, frisbees, and much more!
We finished up at the fire department around three that afternoon and headed to Deming, NM on our way home for a quick look around the town. We have been there before and visited museums, which was a way cool experience and some of the best pictures. As we arrived into Deming, we came across an Oldies Car Show that was coming to an end, but still really neat to check out. We missed the music and a lot of the vendors, but were still lucky enough to see the cars. Talk about an AWESOME thirty minutes of strolling through the park. Of course, Nic became obsessed with all the models... kind of like his dad! : ) After the car show we decided it was time to make the 1.5 hour drive home. We cooked out at the house with the Millers and spent the evening just relaxing! I must say, I fully enjoy the weekends that the only money that is spent is gas money!
After the car show we decided it was time to make the 1.5 hour drive home. However, we stopped by the gas station to pick up a drink and I spotted one of the streets that leads to a Winery... Wine tasting is ALWAYS so good! Of course, we had to make a pit stop at St. Clair Winery! Then, we were able to head home! We cooked out at the house with the Millers and spent the evening just relaxing! I must say, I fully enjoy the weekends that the only money that is spent is gas money!