Hmm…what to do today? We just got in the car and started driving, going south this time, just to see what’s out there. About 15 miles south of here we begin seeing pecan orchards….miles and miles of pecan orchards.
Then we see the sign for The Green Valley Pecan Company. We found the entrance and went in and the first thing we see is the Pecan Store.
They do not do tours, but a video was playing that shows how the pecans are harvested and processed. As expected, the store had all things pecan, including fresh-baked pecan pie. We look around and exit $50 later.
It’s harvest time right now. In the yard outside the Pecan Store are some pecan trees. The leaves are gone now and the nuts are ready.
I did not see this, but I found this picture on the internet showing how they get the nuts off the tree:
Then they sweep everything into windrows and then pick it up and process it.
On our way home we drive past a huge open-pit copper mine. We were too late to take the tour. The visitor center has a nice museum, we watched a very informative video, and checked out the old equipment they had sitting outside.
We couldn’t tour the actual mine so I snapped a pic of the big picture in the visitor center.
On our way out we spotted another odd saguaro cactus.
- Gasoline: none
- Lodging: free