Saturday, February 21, 2009
Adrift In The SouthWest Again - Part II
Let's see, where was I. Oh yeah, Three Rivers Petroglyph Site. So after a very interesting and educational stop there, it was time to satisfy the weird side. We were headed for Oliver Lee State Park for the night's layover but there were a couple of things we wanted to see in Alamagordo, NM.
The first was the world's largest pistachio. I was totally unaware that this area is a very big producer of pistachios and pecans. As you approach Alamagordo from the north you can see lots of orchards and road side businesses selling both. We stopped at a store that claimed to have the world's largest pistachio...pictured above. After all the serious culture we had absorbed in the previous couple of days we needed something weird to balance it all out and this was the start.
Just down the road a bit we spotted the metal road runner statue in front of a scrap yard. A perfect counterpoint to keep us on a proper cultural keel.
It was getting late and there is just so much you can absorb in a day so we stopped in a Super WalMart in Alamagordo and picked up some hot wings for dinner and then headed to Oliver Lee State Park about 10 miles south of Alamagordo. This is a very nice facility with a great view of Alamagordo and the surrounding desert. We could also tell that after travelling 500 miles almost due south of the Denver area, it was finally starting to get warmer.
It's time to start today's (Saturday) activities so I'll stop the report here. Stay tuned for more.
Thanks for visiting.