This past weekend, the first hints of fall came to Albuquerque. On Saturday I woke up and it was downright chilly out - I had to put on a sweatshirt! Autumn is my favorite season by far, especially here in New Mexico, so the brisk air put me in a great mood. Though to be fair, it would have been hard for me to be grumpy on Saturday, since we had planned a pie-based road trip for the day, to Pie Town, New Mexico and their annual Pie Festival! A day based on pie is a good day.
Pie Town is a small town in New Mexico, southwest of Albuquerque. The drive was pretty long for a day trip (a little under three hours each way), but the road was easy, through a gorgeous part of New Mexico that Jacob and I hadn't seen yet: south through towns with their high school team mascots painted on water towers and views of green fields by the Rio Grande, and east up into the mountains through The Cibola National Forest.
There were wildflowers in bloom all over - so many different bright yellow blooms popping out from the dusty green plants, sandy earth, and cool, cloudy skies.
When we got there, we went straight for the pie booth, starting with cherry for me and blackberry for Jacob. Delicious! We wandered around the little festival grounds and checked out the vendors before deciding to check out the Pie-O-Neer Cafe across the street.
Inside, there was a bluegrass band, an art gallery space and local paintings along the walls, and lots of happy people eating pie and green chile stew, drinking coffee, and listening to the music. Five minutes in that room and anyone would fall in love with the Pie-O-Neer.
Best of all, the pies were delicious and they make a damn good cup of coffee, too. We opted for a slice of coconut cream merengue (my favorite) and a whole pecan oat pie to take home. Let me tell you: pecan oat is the perfect breakfast pie.
After leaving the Pie-O-Neer, we hit the road and headed home to Charlie. Nearly 6 hours in the car is a long time for pie, but considering how easy and pretty the drive was, it was worth it, and we will definitely make that day trip again!