Thursday, April 30, 2015

Hondo Iris Farm

A delightful and refreshing stop on our New Mexico tour was Hondo Iris Farm. Our guide was very knowledgeable about bulbs and ecology. We also spent lots of time in the gift/clothing/jewelry shop. Stop and smell the  . . .

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Hubbard Museum antique wagons

Cindy Nelson, Betty Lou Scott and Sharron
McKinney are fascinated by this unique cart
This two wheeled Chihuahua cart came from Mexico,  1780-1800. It has unique wheels made from 3 pieces of carved wood and was pulled by two oxen or steer.

Unique Bottom Dumping Wagon used for road building
circa 1885

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

More photos at Hubbard Museum

Conestoga wagon was the top choice of pioneers going west.

Deb Hester enjoys this restored Conestoga wagon.
It was not designed to ride in but to carry merchandise. The driver walked along side.

Surrey with the Fringe on Top: the fringe had a specific
function. It's movement kept the flies away.

Karen Overton and Leslie Christiansen examine Winchester rifle

Maika Winter and Pam den Draak get up close and
personal with Billy the Kid

Monday, April 27, 2015

Inside Hubbard Museum of the American West

1880 Child's hearse with round beveled
glass. Originally painted white with
gold striping. Designed to be driven
by a coachmen (chauffeur).
Filled with a large assortment of buggies, carts, surreys and memorabilia, the museum was fascinating. Our docent was very knowledgeable, telling us so many anecdotes and making this stop on Day 2 of our New Mexico tour a very special memory.

Nancy Evans always finds her horse

Mexican tooled saddle circa 1880 with silver ornamentation.
This saddle retains many of the features of a traditional vaquero
saddle: high cantle and high horn; and stirrups that caused the
rider to sit in a forward position.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Hubbard Museum of the American West

Susie Brinegar and Karen Overton at the entrance. Interesting
that this facility was a hockey rink in 1970.
Cathy Aimone Martin is dwarfed by the size of the horse
Greeting us as we approached the Hubbard Museum of the American West was this amazing installation of running horses.  Larger than life, we felt caught up in their movements. Another amazing stop of our Historical League tour of New Mexico.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Inn of the Mountain Gods, New Mexico

Delores Tomasek, Carolyn Mendoza, Pat Faur,
Norma Jean Coulter and more enjoy the lobby
views with two zip lines in the background.

Ski hills are visible in the distance
Ruth McLeod enjoys her balcony
view with fountain in the lake
Huge lobby fountain looked like a traditional basket
with stunning views of the lake, golf course
and snow covered mountains
A beautiful place to relax after a full day of touring southern New Mexico, the Inn of the Mountain Gods had everything we needed.

Ruth McLeod and Cathy Martin chat on their balcony

Friday, April 24, 2015

Tour of J Paul Taylor Home in Historic Mesilla, NM

Leslie Christiansen, Donna Esposito and Pat Faur
ready for lunch at this historic place complete with
talking parrot. Apparently, he's been there many years.

Bonnie Newhoff, Laurie-Sue Retts, Cathy Martin, and
Mary Parker in the downtown square
After a delicious lunch at La Posta we visited the beautiful historic home of J. Paul Taylor in downtown Mesilla. So many treasures, quilts, artifacts, memorabilia from such a distinquished New Mexico family.
Cathy Martin, Zona Lorig, Mary Parker,
Bonnie Newhoff and Laurie-Sue Retts
admire the intricate hand stitched quilts
and numerous religious artifacts on the walls.

More information at
Opening unto Mesilla's historic plaza is the entrance to a rambling adobe house that embodies over 150 years of life in the Borderland.  Since 1953 this special place has been the home of J. Paul and Mary Daniels Taylor and their family. Through the generosity of the Taylor family, their home and two adjoining storefronts are now a New Mexico State Monument. The monument provides an exceptional setting for visitors to understand and appreciate the history, culture, and architecture of Mesilla and the Borderland.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

White Sands Photos from Susie Brinegar

Leslie Christiansen, Laurie-Sue Retts,
Bonnie Newhoff, Nancy Evans,
Dianne Linthicum
Delores Tomasek feeling free!
Laurie-Sue Retts, Nancy Evans,
Dianne Linthicum, Delores
Tomasek, Carolyn Mendoza

Susie Brinegar left her camera at the top
before she rolled down this enormous hill!
Lindy Isacksen and Linda Fritsch
relaxing in the breathtaking view

Capturing the vastness of the White Sands National Monument, Susie Brinegar's pictures show how joyous we felt surrounded by all this beauty.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

New Mexico White Sands Group Photo

Windblown but smiling, we gathered for a group picture of the Historical League tour at the White Sands National Monument. (It was hard to get the entire group together - we are missing 6 ladies in this picture).

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

White Sands National Monument - more pictures

Ruth McLeod and Julie Moore climbing
to the top fighting the wind.

Karen Overton climbs back up after she ran down the entire hill!

Hard not to take pictures of this fascinating place!
Cathy Martin from Socorro, NM finds lots of sand
in her pants. Cathy was a guest and good friend of
Ruth McLeod from Michigan Technological University.

Fearless Susie Brinegar still smiling after
she rolled down the entire hill!