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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Las Cruces, New Mexico

Aloha Everyone,

Las Cruces is picturesque. It has beautiful mountains with rocky ridges. According to the 2014 US Census Bureau, Las Cruces has a population of 101,408 or 1,945 persons per square mile. It is a relatively young community with 24.3% of residents 18 and younger while 13.6% are 65 and older. The homeownership rate (2009-13) was 57.5% with median price of owner-occupied home at $151,700.

Using Las Cruces Visitors magazine, we found Le Rendez-vous café. Located in a strip mall only 5 minutes drive from our KOA campground, it is a casual dining place serving simple French-style dishes. We both had menu du jour (today’s menu) of mushroom bisque soup and vegetarian quiche. Both came right out of the kitchen served piping hot. Truly an enjoyable meal. The cost of $21 inclusive of tax and tip is very reasonable.

Farmers in Las Cruces produce some of the state’s top nuts — piñons, pecans, peanuts, and pistachios. Close to where we are staying are pecan farms. Water from the Rio Grande River is the source for irrigation.

Aloha -- Cathi