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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Ranch-hand Sam


I'm quickly learning that the best types of activities for us to do as a family involve wide, open spaces for Sammy to run around, and the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum was no exception.


Sammy had no shortage of things to see and places to explore; he especially liked visiting all of the farm animals and attempting to "speak" their language.  But even the incessant mooing of a toddler couldn't rouse these old Longhorn cattle from their nap.  Time for a random fact: Did you know you can tell how old a Longhorn cow is by its horns?  They have rings just like trees--these guys were pushing nineteen years old.


The facilities of the museum were just amazing--the horse barn was definitely the nicest barn I've ever been in.  After all, it's not every day that you see a barn made out of cedar.



Sammy only stopped running around long enough to talk to the animals and then he was off again like a flash; thank goodness Captain Husband was there to chase after him, which allowed me to focus on taking a ridiculous amount of photos.


We really couldn't have asked for better weather, either; it was bright and sunny with a high in the low 60s.   It was just perfect for strolling around outside and spending the afternoon together.


The highlight of the afternoon for Sammy was discovering how water fountains work.  Simple pleasures for simple minds, right?


As we left the museum, we spotted a pair of napping owls just outside of the entrance.  They certainly had the right idea; Sammy and CH had a contest to see who could fall asleep first once we got in the car and on our way home.

Sweet Shot Day

11 comments:

Gina Kleinworth said...

What a FUN place. I agree- if I can take my kids (even at their ages) to go run around & get tired- it works out really well for me. I am laughing at your shot of him & the water fountain- I can imagine how fun that would be for a toddler. :)

M said...

Seriously, this museum is impressive! Wonder where they got the funding to build a barn out of cedar??

Ashley Sisk said...

He'd make a great ranch hand - super cute!

annoyed army wife said...

Fabulous photos! That owl is such a great find!

Pieni Lintu said...

So beautiful shots!!! These landscapes are so different to Finland! :D

Cute owl!!!

Pieces of Sunshine said...

Lovely photo story. Sammy seems to have been in his element! Lovely photos and I presume you were the one driving home;)

Karin said...

That looks like a perfect place for Sammy ! He is getting so big! About time he becomes a big brother ;-)

Tonya said...

I love bringing the kiddos to local farms. Love the longhorns! And the owl in the rafters - that's really cool.

Kim said...

Okay, that place is awesome. It looks like Sammy had a blast. I would have a blast, what am I saying?!

Lori said...

Awesome place! Sammy is just too cute!
Love the owl shot!!

Bunch of Barrons said...

How fun! :)

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