I can no longer pop my laptop or folding chair in the car, and drive 4000′ uphill in 20 minutes to cool off 20F.
To cool off the same way – going 4 of the world’s 7 life zones cooler – it now takes 2 hours of driving, though most of that change is in 20 minutes from Alamogordo. And I’ve still done that, though not nearly as much as I would like.
Enjoy the cool down to near-9000′ elevation Cloudcroft NM. And this mega-photo post.
Trip #1 after Labor Day 2013 –
This singletrack was a nice break from climbing, and quite the high comes from blasting downhill. Without 100’+ dropoffs and only spiky plants (like the ones I design with), to catch your fall. Though there are tree trunks in areas…
Trip #2 early July 2014, with Elizabeth from Ohio …both of us needed a break from each of our brands of summer –
Note how those trees only line the canyon bottom, concentrating and infiltrating storm runoff…not on the dry slopes. Moisture-requiring plants low / dry-tolerant plants high is apparently too easy for some in the green industry, since the opposite is done in so many landscapes. I’m glad to be a simpleton :-)
Some very smart and skilled people figured out how to transport abundant timber and minerals 5000′ downhill in under 20 miles. I wish that level of innovation was more common in today’s world of the clock, worship of money (by those claiming to not do so), and those who control the above. Onward!
I almost wish I cared more about politics and asked her about some important issues to me. Her and I even share an alma mater. But I’m not this good of a shot – not even close – here.
About your delinquent NM Gross Receipts Tax forms, David…
The high altitude might permit your drive from the tee to reach near the hole – say, Butterfield GC in El Paso.
Having lived in Colorado, my theory is that many mountain towns excuse weak design of outdoor spaces and plantings by having amazing natural settings. Then, that sickness compounds in more ways, even places far from such lofty scenes.
With yuccas, there are snakes and rocks. Best to hit the mall…
Personally, I recommend ignoring opinions and altered photos. These are definitely that! Instead, take those ATV’s and stay somewhere between Santa Fe and Kalispell…only rattlersnakes, cactus and tumbleweeds here. The food is too spicy.
And the heat – summer all year, no seasons or change. Someone from the mid-Atlantic told that to me, and I bet she reads Conde Nast.
Someone else e-mailed me how the southwest will become uninhabitable. See? Visit Boulder, too, but you’ll need that wallet!
Forgive my occasional jesting, as this is a welcoming place for all who enjoy its low-key manner. Just not for those in need of noise and excitement.
Now, tell me what you like to do, in order to cool down in summer. Even if it’s a cold drink, while reading the latest Conde Nast!