Wendy Connett ~ Sandia Mountains, Albuquerque
The pros and cons of living in New Mexico! It took me so long yesterday with San Antonio, I'm going to cut to 5 instead of 10.
1) It's really, really (really!) dry. We average 9.45 inches of rain for the year. This includes snowfall as well. The plants you see in the foreground have evolved to survive on a small amount of moisture.
2) The winters can be cold ~ not like Wisconsin or Minnesota! In the winter of 2011, we did have temp's of -7 degrees that lasted for about a week. Brutal.
3) The seafood sucks. Nearly everything in the grocery store was farm grown in Thailand and "flash frozen", meaning there's not much flavor left, and you never know the conditions the shrimp (or whatever) were grown in. We have Red Lobster, Landry's and Pappadeaux ~ ugh.
4) The winds. In the spring the wind is awful, blowing from 17 to 35 mph. Not all the time, but usually every day during April and May (& sometimes June). This is the main reason I prefer fall in Albuquerque.
5) The "good ol' boy system" ~ I thought I had left this behind when I moved here from Texas, but to my dismay, discovered that New Mexico has a long history of political corruption and nefarious activities by those in political positions. When I was taking my New Mexico history class, I read about a governor in Santa Fe (prior to becoming a state, during Spanish colonial times) that had indians weaving for him and selling the rugs to pad his own pocket. I don't think it's improved a lot since then, although I admire Gov. Susanna Martinez.
1) Hatch green chile. I love it on eggs, burgers, stew, sandwiches, etc. There is nothing that says fall is on it's way as the smell of roasting green chile. I should also mention that New Mexican food is so great, that I no longer enjoy Mexican food from other places anymore.
2) The air and sunshine. We rarely have bad air days, except in the winter with people burning wood in their fireplaces and wood stoves. 300 sunny days per year? Love it.....
3) The culture. As I'm a student of anthropology, I've done some studying and appreciate the history of our Native tribes (Tewa, Apache, Pueblo, Navajo) and the Spanish colonial time periods. Fascinating. One of my favorite places to visit is the Acoma Pueblo, or "Sky City".
4) Albuqerque is planned on a grid, with the mountains in the east, the plateau on the west. I rarely become lost. In San Antonio, the joke is that they "paved the cow paths". Even after I lived there for 38 years, I would get lost anytime I strayed from the areas I was familiar with.
5) The mountains. I love living in the foothills, and the view is amazing every day. I've never lived near mountains before, and have to admit that I love watching the, hiking them, and photographing them. The Sandia Mountains translates to the "Watermelon Mountains" & here's why:
Courtesy of Bing Images. I have a suspicion that there was a filter used for this photo.
This is a bit more natural looking.
Ok! I hope you might think of coming to visit sometime, as it is a beautiful place.