Early morning sunrise is lovely: incrementally, sunlight transforms yesterday afternoon’s pallid campground into a thing of beauty. Almost hate to leave.
Pause briefly in town (a village which makes Grandview seem a metropolis by comparison).
Then, back onto I-10. More clouds …
Pass El Paso/TX and Las Cruces/NM, but cannot (yep, CANNOT) bypass Mesilla again.
Would be hard-pressed to say just why this town seems so attractive.
Yes, there is a lovely, tourist-infested “Square”, a wonderful church, kitschy shops, homes of universally-chocolated exteriors… yet, somehow, Mesilla’s appeal does not fade.
Step into its bookstore, slowly wander… touching a book cover here; picking up & reading a book’s back cover there. (Am sure owner recognizes my “will not buy” emanations… yet she offers me a free bottle of water “to avoid dehydration”).
Wander some back streets, before once again heading toward a setting sun.