We spent our Saturday in Las Cruces visiting the Farmers Market, White Sands and cooking one of our favorite dinners for his parents at home. The Market has been going for 40 years and was voted the #1 large Farmers Market in America in 2011!
His parents were vendors at the market for a while until they became to busy with his Mom's latest ranch project. There were many food vendors there that I passed by since I was so full from breakfast but thankfully his Mom bought a few scones that we inhaled once we got home! After spending a few hours there in the morning we headed out to see White Sands National Monument.
It is part of the White Sands Missile Range where they detonated the first atomic bomb in 1945! White Sands is the worlds largest gypsum dunefield and covers 275 square miles. When I sent my mom a photo of the place she reminded me that she lived in El Paso briefly as a child while her father worked at White Sands - how cool! The desert is approximately 100 million years old and formed after saltwater lakes evaporated and left behind salt and gypsum.
There are flat surfaces along side the road that people get out and carve their names into. Matt and I did something similar on our 3rd date to Fort Pickens in Pensacola so we had to stop and do the same here!
For lunch we headed back to Las Cruces and ate at Double Eagle in the historic downtown area Old Mesilla. When we arrived there was a sign out front saying they were closed for a private party but luckily Matt and his Mom were able to charm them into letting us eat at the bar. The interior was gorgeous and I was not surprised to find out that the private party was a wedding reception being held there that day.
They had 'award winning' margaritas that were out of this world and green chili cheese wontons with pineapple garnish. I will be trying to recreate these at home asap!
That night Matt and I made Thai Peanut sauce with wonton cups for dinner. His parents enjoyed it and it was nice to be able to have one of our regular home-cooked meals while we were out of town.
Tomorrow I'll share our final hike as well as some epic family photos!