Snuggled up in the north Jemez Mountains, just beyond the Tent Rocks turn off is a magical apple farm.
Dixon Apple Farm is past the valley and before the canyon and right on the edge of paradise. Surrounded by steep cliffs, grown with volcanic soil and left for the cottonwood breeze, we spent a most amazing afternoon here.
and Luke (on the left) had an amazing birthday celebration!
How luck are they!
The tractors were waiting for us to load up and ride down into the valley and play in the orchard.
The kids could barely contain themselves on the ride out!
Loaded up and ready to go.
Spring in New Mexico.
Becky is a third generation apple grower. Her grandparents bought this land and started the orchard. Her father was raised here and then left for a life in engineering in Minnesota. When Becky turned 18 her grandmother died and she went to live on this very rural farm with only her gramps for 8 years learning the trade. She and her husband are now living there with their 3 kids, the 4th generation. They grow the best apples in New Mexico, live an amazing, beautiful life and homeschool their kids who are now 8, 10 & 12.
I asked her oldest son (who drove this Amish horse & carriage) what he liked best about living on the farm. "Everything". He told me it was the best place he could imagine. Loved everything around him. Some people might like living in town, but this is the place for me, he said. (Btw, town- has about 300 people).
Poor Lola wasn't feeling so good.
The cotton floating through the sky from the trees. Gave the feel that you were in an absolute dream.
Unfortunately it also gave Lola an absolute migraine from the allergies.
She managed to pull herself together to ride a horse.
(and then she rode again, and again, and again, and....)
Here is Tigo's team in a crazy barnyard pick-up-peanuts game.
I think it is safe to say that all the kids, and parents too, had an amazing time celebrating this birthday!
Then it was time to go back home again.