I am so far behind! Y’all, summer caught me. I should be on the letter S this week, I think, so I am going to try to catch up. We’ll see. 🙂
P brings up a really fun place in New Mexico – Pie Town.
No really! Pie Town is located off in the remote parts of southwestern NM. It is a fabulous stop for those that are riding or hiking the Great Divide Trail, which run along the Continental Divide from Canada to Mexico. It is also a fun place to go just because you are seriously craving the best pie anywhere. There is, according to internet legend, a local joke that when they are describing how to get to Pie Town, the locals say “3.14 miles from the middle of nowhere.”
The legend says that Pie Town is named such because long ago a local started making and selling dried apple pies to those who managed to locate the small little pioneer town on their way through.
Nita, who owns the Toaster House, at the Pie-O-Neer cafe making sure dad was able to taste the famous pie.
My dad was one of those who stopped in Pie Town on his way through on his bicycle while riding the Great Divide. He definitely had good things to say about the pie. The Pie-O-Neer is one of the best places around for pie. The service is amazing. The Pie-O-Neer was closed when Dad got there but he was staying at fun place called the Toaster House.
The Toaster House
toasters at the Toaster House
inside the Toaster House
Nita, who owns the Toaster House, went to the Pie-O-Neer and was able to get him pie and ice cream. Now how is that for taking care of folks!
Kathy, owner of Pie-O-Neer, serving up pie and ice cream, even though they were closed when dad rode through there on the Great Divide ride.
If you are craving pie, Pie Town, NM is the place to go. If you go the 2nd Saturday in September, you will find yourself in the pie festival. Now what could be better?
If you want to read a couple of other blogs from folks who have been to Pie Town, check out Road Unraveled and Serious Eats.
Pecos Wilderness Area is another beautiful, wild place to visit in NM. Located inside the Santa Fe National Forest, the Pecos Wilderness is a popular place for backpacking, hiking, and equestrian trails. It is managed by the Forest Service.
The terrain varies greatly. It includes mountains, canyons, mesa tops, forests, and rugged rocky areas above the timberline. It is beautiful. Be prepared if you go, taking the necessary precautions as it is a wilderness area. But it is beautiful and worth the time.
If you are looking for a museum on NM history, you need to visit Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe. Constructed in the early 17th century as Spain’s seat of power in the area, this museum chronicles the history of the state and the region. It was designated as a Registered National Historic Landmark in 1960 and an American Treasure in 1999. The adobe structure is the oldest continuously occupied public structure in the US, according to some reports.
There are plenty of collections in the building to keep you occupied for a while. The museum covers a long time period and has many interesting pieces. The exhibits do change so check the website to see what is there at the time you wish to visit.
I found an interesting note that says that during his time as governor, Lew Wallace wrote some of the final scenes of Ben Hur in the Palace of the Governors. It was during the Lincoln County War and he took refuge in his writing. He evidentally used one of the safest rooms in the palace, with the thickest adobe walls, fearing bullets as repercussions from the war and the things going on with Billy the Kid. Whether that is true or not, I have no idea but it is interesting to think on. ( Since this part came from Wikipedia, who knows if it is true.)
Please note that according to the website at the time of this writing, the Palace of the Governors is closed for renovations but put it on your list for later. It is a really neat place to visit.
Hope you got some interesting ideas of places to visit. I will return soon with the next installment of the New Mexico Bucket List.
Lori, At Home.
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