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Monday, October 10, 2011

Sometimes you feel like a nut

A lovely little cold front swept through the southwest over the weekend, bringing us our first taste of actual fall weather. Captain Husband suggested we take advantage of the beautiful day on Saturday and we were soon loaded into the car and on our way to Ruidoso, New Mexico. It was a long-ish ride, but I soon found a fun place to take a break from the drive:


You're looking at the world's largest pistachio in Alamogordo, New Mexico. Impressive, eh?  After all, it's not every day that you come across a thirty-foot tall nut.  We stopped in at McGinn's Pistachio Farm, which also has a rather nice vineyard on the property; if you look closely at the background of the shot of CH and Sammy, you can see a thin white stripe against the mountains--that's White Sands National Monument way off in the distance.


And of course, no pit stop is complete without a trip to the gift shop, which was manned by a animatronic cowboy who liked to swap yarns about McGinn's farm:


About an hour later, we found ourselves in the little town of Ruidoso, New Mexico: to be honest, I was a bit disappointed with my initial impression of the place.  I just wasn't expecting it to be such a tourist trap--lots of western-style shops and overpriced galleries.


Fortunately the scenery more than made up for the lackluster shopping--Sierra Blanca, the highest mountain in southern New Mexico, loomed over the town; we were hoping that the mountain would have a little bit of snow on it, thanks to the cold front, but it was bare on our visit.


Soon the mountains were beckoning to us, so we took an unexpected side trip to the Monjeau Lookout in the Lincoln National Forest--I'll be sharing those photos tomorrow, so be sure to come back for some gorgeous mountain scenery!



11 comments:

Veronica Lee said...

LOL! I feel like a nut most of the time!

Can't wait to see your pics!

annoyed army wife said...

I love all of your "World's Largest" photos. :) Looks like a fun little trip!

Rochelle@AFamilyofLooneys said...

Hey I am a nut most days :-) Looks like a fun trip.

melifaif said...

YESSS!!!!! Was just there. Loved grabbing some nuts while we passed through. Wow, that sounded a bit...um....let's move on!!! I agree with Ruidoso. Overpriced. But the scenery does make up for it. Go back when the snow is present....so pretty.

Casey Martinez said...

I have never heard of the largest nut before even when I drove through NM. Funny! Sounds like it turned out to be a fun little adventure overall and such blue blue skies! Samsters is getting so big!

Dina @ 4 Lettre Words said...

The temps are great in the Southeast, too...and we even got some rain! LOVE your fun shots.

Sarah said...

Looks like so much fun!! That pistachio is huge!!

Karin said...

Sammy is getting so big! He is a little boy! Where have our babies gone to?

Chic Homeschool Mama said...

HOLY COW!!!!!!!!!! That is just too AWESOME!!!!! Thanks for the giggle today!

Lori said...

oh wow, what a nut! I love pistachio's! I would have enjoyed that trip, I'm such a tourist.

Kim said...

That giant nut is hilarious. I love stuff like that. Looks like you guys had a fantastic time. Glad you had a great time all together. :)

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