One of the best things about living in El Paso is how close we are to the mountains of New Mexico. The triple-digit heat of summer is but a bad memory when you drive a couple of hours into New Mexico and into the amazing little town of High Rolls that has been a respite from the summer heat for generations of El Pasoans.

This month, not only will you be able to get out of the heat, you'll be able to take your family to pick cherries. When I was a kid, we used to go up to pick cherries at least a couple of weekends each June. There are orchards that give you buckets and free rein to pick as many of the delicious cherries as you can. It's unplugged, low-key fun that will get your kid's faces out of their electronic devices for a couple of hours.

You can also go to the Ruidoso park area and get your feet wet in the cool waters of the Ruidoso river. It's really just a little stream, but it is a lot of fun to watch kids get all excited about seeing running water that isn't out of a tap.

WHAT: Cherry picking
WHEN: Monday - Sunday, 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
WHERE: Cadwallader Mountain Farms and Orchard, 13 Mountain Park Road, High Rolls, N.M.
COST: $4 a pound, cash and checks only
INFO: 575-682-2351