Have Ranch Will Travel

Tales of Misunderstood New Mexico

HAVE RANCH, WILL TRAVEL

When Terry and Nancy Fuller opened their new Page-A-Day calendar to January 1, they were pleased to see the picture of Chimney Rock at Georgia O’Keeffe’s Ghost Ranch—until they read the text. According to the calendar, Ghost Ranch is in both New Mexico and Nevada!

WHAT A GAS

Not too long after graduating from high school, Gaby Gibson and her sister, Christina, stopped at a gas station just outside Wyoming, on their way to Yellowstone. The woman behind the counter said they looked as if they’d been traveling for a while and asked, “So where are you all from?” Gaby answered, “Las Cruces, New Mexico.” The clerk paused and said, “Well, you both speak very good English.” Rather than correct her, the girls thanked her, gathered their purchases, and walked back to their car, suppressing their giggles.

TARGET PRACTICE

Patsy Molina hit a roadblock when she tried to place an online order with Target. When her shipping address was rejected, she called customer service. Molina noted some caution in the voice of the agent, who put her on hold. “It’s restricted,” the agent said when she returned. “We can’t ship to Canada or Mexico.” Molina burst out laughing. “It’s New Mexico—between Arizona and Texas!” The agent, laughing, continued to type, apologized, and said, “Yes ma’am! We can ship to New Mexico, since you don’t live in Mexico!”

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