|tucked in at Frank and Paul's|
Flipping our 2014 calendar page to to September, our arrival in Las Cruces coincided with the 1st of the month. Why Las Cruces? Because two wild and crazy guys, Frank Belyan and Paul Mach, had recently completed construction of their adobe home in an historic neighborhood near the city center of Las Cruces and invited us to visit. And we just love these guys!
We first met Frank and Paul during a swing through Las Cruces in November of 2010 when we needed a place to park our RV while we sprinted up to Dillon to visit Robyn and Chris. Frank and Paul were staying in Sunny Acres RV Park, the park we’d chosen to leave the RV. We’ve stayed in touch ever since, following their travel adventures along with construction progress on their home.
During the months their home was being built, they had lived on the property in their RV. As a result, they decided to keep the full RV hookups - 50-amp electric, water, and yes, even a sewer hookup with the idea to offer the space to any of the RV friends. When they offered the space to us we jumped at the chance. Our fifth wheel, being larger than their travel trailer, made backing into the site next to the garage a challenge. But once we were settled, we felt right at ease.
|Carol, Tom, Paul, Frank|
|dining at Napolito's|
|Tom, Carol, Paula, Dave|
|Las Cruces historic downtown|
Nearby Napolito's Restaurant, an easy two block walk, turned out to be our favorite. Very hot (i.e. ‘spicy’) burritos at the farmers market and fresh veggies. The Art Ramble on Main Street (sampling various pastries, coffees and wine). Several home cooked meals (collaborative efforts) tickled our taste buds but didn’t help our waistlines.
|Mesilla Valley Bosque SP|
|Dave, Paula, Tom, Carol, Paul, Frank|
|Silver City - murals and shops|
|Paul handcrafted some of their funiture|
|simple and elegant - and functional!|