Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Deming, New Mexico

We are still in Deming and today we started today at the Deming-Luna Mimbres Museum.  We had read about this museum on Trip Advisor and everyone who has gone there raved about it.  It in fact is a great museum.  Part of the museum is about the Mimbres Indians who inhabited the area that is now western New Mexico and eastern Arizona.  They had a great Mimbres area showing weapons, household tools, arrowheads, tools, and lots of pottery.  Also in the museum are rooms of quilts, dolls, (including one found by an American at the Hiroshima bomb site) a cowboy exhibit, a Bataan display and displays about liquor bottles, rocks and geodes, military, an art gallery, the Bessie May room which had all the antique furniture owned by Bessie May.  There was a transportation wing with all sorts of vehicles, the old jail, period shops, and Indian crafts.  Upstairs, which is under renovation, has just as many exhibits.  We stopped for lunch and then headed north.
Next stop was 30 miles north to The City of Rocks State Park.  It is called a "city" because these they say that the rocks resemble buildings and there are walkways, which they call streets or alleys. Just think, in the middle of the arid desert there are all of these huge boulders and rocks.  How did they get here?  Then, an ocean that is no longer within a thousand miles, carved these rocks.  Amazing!

                                                                                   The Deming Luna-Mimbres Museum
A fully stocked Chuckwagon

Thunder Eggs

Suzie, brought back from the Hiroshima Bomb site

Raggedy Ann and Andy

Snow White and the 7 dwarfs
A beautiful New Mexico inspired quilt

Debbie with a hand carved clock

Mimbres pottery (when the bottom wears out from stirring, it was discarded
The Mimbres really took the time to decorate every bowl
Mimbres bows and arrows

The Mimbres Indians also made beautiful baskets
                                                                                                     The City of Rocks

What does that look like to you?

How does that rock sit there and not fall over?

See the picnic table under the balanced rock

Debbie coming down the trail

It just sits up there

The trail upward

I could not squeeze through.

A desert cactus

This was a great park

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