McGinn’s Pistachio Farm and Vineyard

We love pistachio nuts.   We love the green color, and we love the taste.   In Alamogordo, New Mexico, we visited McGinn’s Pistachio Tree Ranch and Winery.

McGinn’s Pistachio Tree Ranch

But, are pistachio nuts really 30 feet tall?

World’s largest pistachio

This is the world’s largest pistachio nut.   It is 30 feet tall, made from 5 yards of concrete and then colored with 35 gallons of paint.   When the founder, Mr McGinn, died, his heirs had this pistachio nut created.   They remember as kids they would travel around the country with him, always stopping for these oversized, roadside attractions.   We ducks have seen a lot of these attractions also, and we always are amazed by what we find.    But, back to Alamogordo and this pistachio farm.   The building is huge, housing equipment, gift shop, small cafe and lots of storage.

Large building

PistachioLand is the name, but there are also vineyards here.   Our first activity was a tour of the farm.

Tour bus. Soapy’s dog Chloe went on bus with us.

These ladies were so friendly and so smart.   Our moms were the only humans on this tour, so Soapy’s dog, Chloe, was also allowed to go with us.   First we saw the vineyards.

Vineyards

Seven types of grapes are grown here and they press the grapes and produce their own brand of wine.   Continuing, we saw acres of pistachio trees.

Pistachio trees

You may notice the irrigation hoses on the ground.   Remember, southern New Mexico is mostly desert.   These pistachio trees are grafted.   There is a university in California that has trees that do well in this climate.   Pistachio trees are grafted onto these trees, creating hardy Pistachio trees that thrive in the desert of New Mexico.   After our enjoyable tour, we headed towards the gift shop.

We like gift shops and love ice cream

We see that ice cream cone.   Near the entrance, we stopped at the Koi fish pool.

Koi pond

We love water and we love watching the fish.   We ducks are sitting here with the sheriff.

Ducks with sheriff

He is telling us stories.   At the end of the long porch is a patch of cement.

The notorious of the American Old West

This cement has names of some of the notorious people from the early days of “The Wild West.”

Ducks on wine barrels

Adding to the rustic atmosphere, we are sitting on wine barrels, under the sign for the Saloon and Hotel.   Inside the gift shop, we found normal souvenirs of t-shirts, post cards, refrigerator magnets, and many fascinating items.   Also a nice collection of regional cookbooks, many flavors of salsa and sauces, and wines.   There was a sampling table of candy, most with pistachios.   We especially liked the pistachio brittle.   Soapy’s mom liked the chili pistachio candies also.   Another section had old signs and this 1940 Ford.

1940 Ford

We like this gift shop and we really liked all the people we met.   But, now it was time for the serious stuff.   Remember the ice cream.   We didn’t want sandwiches or any other food, just ice cream.   Each human got 2 scoops of ice cream (huge scoops) in a waffle cone.   Mom had some with pistachios.   Soapy’s mom had some with chocolate.   We went outside so Chloe, our dog, could join us.

Nice area to sit with Soapy’s dog Chloe and eat ice cream

The ice cream was delicious.   We had a great time here at McGinn’s pistachio farm.   When you are near Alamogordo, we hope you will stop.   The tour was good, the atmosphere fun, the gift shop incredible and the samples are tasty.   The ice cream was a bonus and a reason to stop here on a warm day.   Next time we are in Alamogordo, we will stop here.   Maybe we will see you.

East Coast Road Tasmania with Zeb and Eider

Zeb and Eider Duck and the humans are driving in Tasmania.   Leaving the Hobart area, we head north to the East Coast Road    We stop at the Prosser River at a boat launching place.

We could launch a boat here

We could launch a boat here

We see no other humans.  It is so peaceful and beautiful.    Look at this clear water.

Look at these shells

Look at these shells

We can see these shells so clearly.   And, none of these shells seem to be broken.   Aren’t they beautiful?   We stopped in Orford for breakfast.

Ready for breakfast

Ready for breakfast

Orford is a nice town on the Prosser Bay and River.

Town of Orford

Town of Orford

Look at this picnic area on the Prosser Bay.   We love the water.

We like the beach at Orford

We like the beach at Orford

We ducks are sitting on a gas grill.

This is for all to us

This is for all to us

This is available for picnics.    Zeb and Eider are not the only birds that like this grill.

Company of our kind on the gas grill.

Company of our kind on the gas grill.

Further up the coast, we see Mayfield Bay.

We like Mayfield Bay

We like Mayfield Bay

As we travel near the east coast of Tasmania, we saw several vineyards.   This is winter in Tasmania, so the vines are cut back.

Vines cut back for winter

Vines cut back for winter

There were several wineries we passed that were open for tours and tasting.   We did not stop.  The humans were more interested in the water views.   Just north of Swansea, we drove to the end of the Nine Mile Beach Road to another boat launch at Bagot Point Coastal Reserve.

Driving on that road brought us here

Driving on that road brought us here

This was looking back at the road that guided us here.   We saw stormy skies here.

Stormy skies but no rain today

Stormy skies but no rain today

These rocks are our color.

Yellow ducks on yellow rocks

Yellow ducks on yellow rocks

Just a couple yellow rocks among the regular rock colored ones.    Driving in Tasmania, we saw so many sheep.   Many more than sheep than people.

We love the sheep

We love the sheep

We are fascinated with these sheep.   Different sizes, some recently sheared, some with heavier coats.   We love them all.     This is 4 Mile Creek, north of St. Marys.

We liked 4 Mile Creek

We liked 4 Mile Creek

This white sand is beautiful.   Today we wanted you to see a little of the landscape in eastern Tasmania.   We think Tasmania is beautiful.