A little cabin fever was setting in, so in honor of Anya’s 1st week, we put the stroller in the car yesterday and took a 1/2 day trip up the mountain to Ruidoso, elevation nearly 7,000 feet (I believe the locals pronounce it Rid-oh-so).
Anya all packed up and ready to go:
The road to Ruidoso reminded us of US395 in California between Mojave and Mammoth Lakes. You drive for miles through the high desert landscape, occasionally passing through a small town and then finally start climbing. The terrain changes from scrub oak or mesquite to pines. Like Mammoth Lakes, Ruidoso is a ski resort. Like Mammoth, there is a main drag with shops and eateries. We went to Lucy’s for Mexican food for lunch. Yum! We have SO missed southwest-style Mexican food since we moved from L.A.
Somebody in town must be handy with chainsaw art, because these bears were all over the place:
The coloring of these birds seemed to complement the adobe colored walls of this shop:
And there were hollyhocks growing in several places. They looked wild, as they weren’t planted in logical places, like flowerbeds.
This shop had a prominent sign that said “No Photography!” but I figured that applied to stuff on the inside, so I snapped this shot on the outside and nobody yelled at me. There’s no mistaking this New Mexico look:
On our way out of town, my thoughtful son-in-law stopped here for me:
I was in there all of 30 seconds, though, because it’s not a fabric store, it’s a quilt shop. They sell quilts. Not of interest to me.
Between Alamogordo and Ruidoso, there are pistachio groves and gift shops that sell pistachio products. We stopped at one on the way up and would have bought some dark chocolate pistachio bark, but didn’t because we were afraid it would melt in the car. On the way back, we stopped at another place just long enough to snap this picture:
John loves pistachios, so I put him in the shot to illustrate the scale of the thing.
As you can see, we had a storm up ahead. We could see the rain falling in the distance, but we got very little of it. We did get another beautiful rainbow, however.