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Trip North of the Border

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Bienvenido a Casa!

Welcome Home!

This little lady and about 20 more greeted us on our arrival at our cabin in Northern New Mexico last week.20190402_155707_resized

We have returned a little early due to some events north and south of the border.  It is not the pretty scene of midwinter with everything covered in a white snowy dress. The  display is piles of dirty snow, some ponds where there were none, and muddy areas with deer prints. Although it is not pretty, it is a welcome relief from the drought of recent years. As soon as the temps rise, we should see a lot of green as the trees and grass spring to life.

But backtracking a little, we had four long days of travel with 2 dogs in tow to get from the middle of Mexico to Northern New Mexico. We spent 3 hours inching along in our manual transmission pickup at the border crossing into the U.S. Here are a few pictures of the Plaza de las Culturas (Plaza of Cultures) as you exit Mexico at Tres Piedras to cross over into Eagle Pass. We have crossed there before, but I hadn’t really noticed the replicas of ancient temples, because in the past we had zipped right past them.

One highlight of the trip for me was the small Texas town of Eldorado. On our trips from New Mexico to east Texas, we have fun finding the doughnut shops as we pass through little towns. We don’t eat at all of them, but Eden, for example, has delicious fresh doughnuts. On this trip, the doughnut shop in Eldorado appeared to be closed. As my husband turned around to tell me the bad news, a sheriff’s vehicle pulled in. We had a friendly conversation, and he shared that the doughnut shop was now part of the liquor store in town. He not only gave us directions, but when I pulled out to go there, I found he was at the stop light waiting for us and gave us an escort! As in many small towns, for purposes of survival, the shop (called A’s) was not only a doughnut and liquor store but also a short order grill and convenience store with some of the nicest owners you would want to meet. Texas friendliness at its best! 

As we were leaving town, we pulled over for GPS adjustments and I hopped out and snapped some gorgeous 


As my lack of inactivity on my own blog and those I follow demonstrates, the last few weeks have been hectic–preparing for the trip, making the journey, and transitioning into life in the U.S. again. I am so far behind, that I will probably alleviate the stress of unread blogs by deleting most of my email notices. My apologies. The good news is that, perhaps, due to a new tower and Internet provider in my rural area, I may actually have a good connection this summer. I am currently using a loaner device and it is fabulous. Under past “normal” conditions, I would be unable to make this blog post. If my actual connection is only half of what I am currently getting, I will still be happy. I find I have less time in the U.S. for reading and reviewing as I have a different lifestyle here, but the future looks bright!



  1. Shalini says:

    Yayy to good Internet. Glad you enjoyed your trip

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  2. Wendy says:

    How awesome. Great photos. Glad you got to see the blue bonnets.

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  3. So glad you made it. Thanks for sharing such wonderful photos!

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  4. It sounds like it was a good trip with bluebonnets along the way and a new tower to make writing a bit easier this summer. Great photos!

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  5. carhicks says:

    Welcome home Linda. Great pictures! You are a great photographer. I love small towns. When my husband and I had a blowout several years ago, a man and his son changed out tire and then directed us to a place (on a Sunday) where we could get a new tire. Always so willing to go that extra mile.

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  6. Ralph says:

    I am so pleased for you on two accounts dear wifi. Firstly, that you had a great trip and secondly, my wifi’s wifi is getting upgraded (work that one out 😉 ). Have a wonderful week Linda 🙂 ❤

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  7. Cozynookbks says:

    Great pictures, Linda!! Reading your post made me want a donut. I’ve been inactive on my blog for a while as you know, so I understand how life can make it difficult to always keep up to speed with it, for various reasons.
    So happy you made it to your destination safely. I’m so glad you’ll have a good connection now. ☺️

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    • lghiggins says:

      Thanks. We have to restart our router several times a day, but the speeds are adequate when it works.👍 I hope you are feeling better.

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      • Cozynookbks says:

        I hope you can get it all worked out so you won’t have to keep restarting the router. I imagine that can be annoying.
        Actually, I’m still looking for answers as to why I’m feeling so lousy. Doctors haven’t been much help. 🙄 But I’m doing the best I can under the circumstances. I’ve missed bloggers’ posts so much I had to check in to see what everyone’s been reading. 😃
        Thanks for the kind words. 🥰

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