What a week this has been! We left the Landing in Yuma on Tuesday after shuttling everything we thought we might need in the next 7 months from the park model to the Flair, finding a place it would fit and putting it in. We’ve already discovered that there will be a considerable amount of rearranging in our future, but at least everything is here.
For all the years we’ve been traveling, the route home has been very similar. We took I-10 from Tucson to Deming, NM, where we cut off to go to T or C to see Raymond, then I-25 to where we turned to go toward Tucumcari and Highway 54. This year we didn’t need to go through T or C, so we pointed our nose toward Pie Town, because…PIE! Kathy Knapp’s Pie-O-Neer Pie Bar is only open Thursday through Saturday, so we wanted to be there on Thursday. The shop “doesn’t open until 11:30”, but when we arrived at 10:30, there were already people coming out with pies! Stan was letting people in, so we went in too! Kathy met us near the door with a big hug before she got back to work.
Pies were still coming out of the oven but the coffee was ready, so we browsed the gift shop.
Once the pies went onto the pie bar, we had to decide which one(s) we wanted for lunch. No judging, okay? Pie makes a pretty good lunch!
I chose the chocolate chess with red chilis and almonds, which was like a fudgy brownie in a pie pan, not spicy hot but flavorful. LeRoy had two, or maybe three. I lost count. We also shared bites with a lady we met at the RV park the night before, so we had lots of “tastes”. We left with two of their take and bake pies. One, called Starry Starry Night, we baked that evening and enjoyed with our friends Dave and Lois St. John in Belen. It’s name is easy to understand when you see it fresh from the oven with blueberry filling bubbling up through all those various sized stars.
The other pie we brought home will be shared with daughter Heidi’s family this evening. They’ve heard about Pie-O-Neer pies for years but never got a taste. Tonight they will get to eat the New Mexico pie, an extraordinary apple pie with toasted pine nuts and green chilis. Awesome!
Yesterday we got back to the Landing in Sedgwick and backed the Flair in, with plenty of room to spare! Breakfast at the church this morning followed by a wonderful worship service celebrating Christ, who is the Resurrection and the life have made a blessed Easter. We even had an old-school choir!