I told you all on Wednesday that I was going to share what I’ve been seeing up to this point. Let me just say, the views aren’t disappointing.
I’m near Las Cruces, NM on an historic ranch. The Organ mountains (aptly named as they remind one of a pipe organ) now act as a fence on the western edge of the ranch and they’re quite stunning. You can actually ride the spine of them and in the old days the cow boss would send out a crew at 3am to ride the spine, to push cattle down to the bottom, and another crew would leave later to gather what had been pushed down the mountain. I suppose there’s some irony in the fact that I left one ranch to come visit another, no?
The history that surrounds the gorgeous ranch where I’m staying is nothing short of something you might read about in a McMurtry book. The main ranch house is at least 120 years old and revels in a traditional adobe, hacienda style, complete with old, pane-glass windows. It boasts 14 foot ceilings and a traditional atrium style. Most all the rooms open to the landscaped atrium/terraced veranda. It’s altogether relaxing and inspiring. It was, at one point a stagecoach stop and the last reliable water source they could count on for many miles.
We can’t forget the porch that runs along the entire front of the house, complete with rocking chairs, that looks out into the basin below, where Hereford cattle graze happily away in the brush.
I haven’t take a whole lot of photos with the big camera as it hasn’t been terribly convenient yet. Plus I’m without Internet access so the iPhone photos will have to suffice for now. Though I promise there will be photos from the big camera to come. In the meantime, enjoy.