Monday, March 30, 2009

Tumbleweeds Are Real


When we pulled up to our house upon our arrival in New Mexico I was delighted to find a small tumbleweed in our back yard! I immediately sent out a text to friends and family about what I always thought was little more than a western legend. I thought for sure that tumbleweeds only existed in Bugs Bunny cartoons.

“Do you really have tumbleweeds down there?” is probably the number one question I get asked about New Mexico. I am here to tell you tumbleweeds are very real, and very unpleasant. Spring in New Mexico means day after day of 30+ miles per hour winds, which pull massive tumbleweeds out of the ground and send them spinning through the city. For some reason tumbleweeds love our front porch and after a big storm we are often unable to leave the house through the front door because these prickly, vicious weeds have barricaded us in.
On the other hand, it is pretty cool to see a weed the size of a Volkswagen go tumbling down the street and you really do feel like you are in the wild, wild west. I’ve been thinking of starting a website selling this mythical creature to the curious and uninitiated. Let me know how many I can sign you up for, I’ve got plenty to share!

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Katie @ goodLife {eats} said...

LOL at the pic of your front door! Have you ever run one over? That's an awakening to be driving down the road and have one blow into you head on.

Susie said...

That photo still makes me laugh. Glenn's waiting for you to send him one.

Tiffany @ Lattes And Life said...

When I lived in San Diego, I had some clients down by the border. There was one lone stretch of road where I'd always see tumbleweeds. I'd have to slam on the brakes sometimes, as they'd roll across the road. It was CRAZY to this east coast gal!!

seanymph said...

Out here in Ca. at Christmas time you often see tumbleweed snowmen, some are sprayed white. So start saving the best ones for your holiday :)

Laura Z said...

I'm in southern California and I've seen the tumbleweed snowmen too. They're cute, but I don't paint mine white.

I'm glad I don't get trapped in the house by them though!