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Old 01-29-2011, 09:41 AM
Location: Tucson
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Hands down fall is the best time of year in NM. The light is almost magical at that time. Mid September is also when the Santa Fe fiestas and Zozobra occur. I think that the Globalquerque music fest happens around that time of year, which is pretty cool if you like world music.
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Old 01-29-2011, 12:26 PM
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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Originally Posted by carrob View Post
I have three choices of time frames

1) mid-May
2) beginning of August
3) mid-September

In other words, which choice would you do if you had 10 days to visit for optimal weather
Based on the above I would choose in order:
Choice 1: mid-September
Choice 2: mid-May
Choice 3: beginning of August
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Old 01-29-2011, 01:31 PM
Location: Placitas, New Mexico
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I think two of your choices are the best times to visit here. Both mid-May and mid-Sept. are beautiful times to come. Last September was sensational, a little warm during the days, maybe, but sunny, dry with comfortable nights. May can bring the occasional windstorm but you do get nice long days if you like that. Don't think you can wrong with either.
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Old 01-30-2011, 12:54 PM
Location: Chicago
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Obviously this is sooooosubjective, but having grown up in the Northeast and currently living in the Midwest I love the fall in ABQ. Not too hot and not too cold. Also, dramtically less bright than the summertime. Most people coming to ABQ from the eat need to adjust to the brightness.
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Old 01-30-2011, 09:54 PM
Location: Chihuahuan Desert
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If you're just visiting to visit (as in vacation), then I'd vote September. OTOH, if you're visiting to see if you'd like the area with moving here in mind, I'd say August or February (so you can see us at our worst , although even then it's not that bad).
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Old 01-31-2011, 08:23 PM
Location: East central Florida coast
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Thank you everyone for your replies...I am grateful!

Yes, yukon, my plan is to perhaps one day end up out there. As far as experiencing ABQ at its worst, I doubt I can experience worse than some of the places I have lived in: South Florida and Phoenix summers as well as Northeastern winters...If I can tolerate those, LOL...

I do plan to check out the job opportunities for nurses while I am there. I have my Bachelors (working on my Masters in Nursing Education) and many years of hospital experience. I wanted to check out and see the locations of some of the hospitals while I am there. Does anyone know how the VA hospital ranks as far as reputation and for nurse satisfaction? I am just curious...I had always heard that the one in Tucson is A+, and wondered if ABQ was at least decent.

I think I am going to gear my trip toward Septmeber...I may be able to swing around the last week of September even. I take it I should basically take long pants, shot sleeve shirts and a jacket for the night?

I cannot wait to see the yellow aspens and those Sandias! Thank you all again for your imput!
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Old 02-01-2011, 07:52 AM
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I cannot vouch for the VA from a nursing perspective, but I work in another area of healthcare and the VA is my top choice as far as employers in Albuquerque. If you like the population, I think it's a great place. With your education and experience, you will have your pick of premium nursing jobs .

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Old 02-01-2011, 09:34 AM
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You should come visit ABQ tomorrow.
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Old 02-02-2011, 09:19 AM
Location: East central Florida coast
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No way N8, tonight it is supposed to get to -3 over there!!!
I am shocked you guys get sooo cold in ABQ. A friend also sent my a Youtube video of the 2006 snowstorm the other day (someone who does NOT want me to leave Florida. LOL) But it seems no matter the weather, things quickly seem to turn sunny rather quickly!

Thank you for your opinion of the VA, marmom!...I agree with your sentiment about veterans being a great population to serve. I am also thinking in a practical way....being in my forties, I am thinking of benefits, vacation days, and retirement...I heard positive things about working a Federal job for 10-15 years. Currently, they only seem to have a lot of nurse practitioner openings, but I now have them sending me emails as jobs become available to see what the trend of jobs will be...
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Old 02-02-2011, 11:10 AM
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I lived in Louisiana for 20+ years before moving back to NM and I will take the odd cold/snow day over humidity anyday. I used to visit FL but always thought it wasn't a vacation since the humidity there was just as nasty as it was in La.
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