A Las Cruces travel report.
Dinner at a winery in Las Cruces, same place I went for dinner twice in March when my husband and I were here for the Bataan Memorial Death March race:
Complete with live music this time:
Ending with very good gelato:
Driving past the exit for Juarez (in downtown El Paso):
Downtown El Paso, off to my left:
The municipal court in Las Cruces:
The nice, new federal courthouse in Las Cruces (where I was working):
My sweet ride, a green Kia rental. Ugh:
A little shop, typical Las Cruces in architecture and all:
Rivers of water during a massive downtown on my way back to El Paso:
Scary deep water, worried I was going to be caught in a flash flood:
Not loving life at all, but glad I wasn't in my own car, which sits pretty low:
This photo didn't capture the water depth well, but there seemed to be actual waves:
Wipers on high, not high enough to clear the windshield (I'd completely stopped by this point):
Again, pretty certain I was going to be stuck:
Cars waiting it out off the road:
A better shot of how deep it was:
And it was like this everywhere, all roads flooded, but that little green sign meant I was finally getting close to the airport:
This car was in water up to its trunk:
Stalled out, trying to get to the aiport:
And then I pretty much stopped taking pictures. So, not pictured:
Walking through water in my suit and heels that was almost up to my knees.
Carrying luggage in the rain through the water (thank goodness I hadn't brought a rolling suitcase)!
Short lines at security.
Getting to a gate at 3:40 and seeing there was a flight at 3:50 to Dallas.
Seeing the 3:50 flight was delayed until 4:30, but still earlier than my scheduled flight.
Holding my breath to see if there were seats on the 3:50.
Nearly crying when I was handed a boarding pass on the 3:50 flight. I knew it would make her uncomfortable and she was just doing her job, but I honestly was ready to start sobbing and hugging the AA gate attendant when she handed me that boarding pass. Instead, with my eyes totally full of tears, I just told her that I wanted to hug her but I knew it was inappropriate, so instead, I just wanted to tell her that giving me that boarding pass was the only good thing in an afternoon that had been full of $hit complete with a flooded rental car. She just kind of smiled and said it would only get better.
Being so happy to be on that earlier plane that I didn't even care that my suit and shoes were likely ruined.
Getting home more before my husband went to bed!