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Old 08-04-2006, 02:44 PM
 
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Default Moving to NM? What you need to know..

I think this is one of the most frequent questions I get PM'd about so I wanted to spend a little time and break down the state for people who have never been..

Moving to NM is like moving to another country. I have lived in 6 states in my 27 years and NM was the only move I made that I actually felt really emotional about.

So if you are going to move to "another country" you have to realize that a lot of the little things you assume are true do NOT hold true for NM.

Roads are quiet - doing 75 usually does not get you into trouble as it is the speed limit on most major roads.

The air is clean and the stars are so close you feel like you can reach out an touch them. The days are sunny and the nights are cool and dry.

When you go out for a drive, there usually is not another town for 40 miles. So take a can of gas, extra water, a first aid kit, your cell phone and a couple of blankets and keep them in your trunk. It is nothing to go out driving and see maybe 2-3 cars an hour.

Your first few months in the area are a huge culture shock. Take a deep breath and learn to enjoy NM for its peacefulness and beauty. This is not NY or CA - life is enjoyed at a different pace here.

NM offers almost every climate found in the world. From the tundra atop its numerous 10,000 foot mountains to the desert basins of Tularosa - whatever suits your mood can be found. In one day you can go from a cool wintery snow in Ruidoso, to a lake in Elephant Butte atop a jetski.

People don't act normally in NM either. There is little road rage, it is not uncommon in the small towns for there to be a sign on your barber's door during business hours saying "gone fishing". People often pull off the road and let you pass if they are going slower than you are. Yes, some areas have problems with violence - mostly contained in Southern Albuquerque - but most areas you find pleasant, honest, friendly people. Many people there are hard working farmers or miners and they might not have a million dollars, but most would give a stranger the shirt off their own back.

Schools are often asked about I say that ANY parent has to be active in their child's education. In Clovis, I knew several people who either homeschooled their kids or sent them to private schools. In NM- you don't have to be RICH to be an at home wife to to afford MOST private schools.

If it is your intention to sit in your house and stay in your local area, then chances are NM is not for you. If you are looking for archaelogical sites, great mexican resturants, mountains, white sands, skiing, watersports, outdoor fun, casinos, indian reservations, fiestas and cultural celebrations, wineries, and natural beauty beyond imagination and are willing to go get it - then you will fall in love with NM.

As far as "where to live" that is a tough one to answer. I found that the MOST enjoyable towns to be in were Alamogordo, Ruidoso, Cloudcroft, Santa Fe, Truth or Consequences, Nothern Albuquerque, Taos and yes, even Clovis grew on me quite a bit. As with any move, I always recommend a few weeks spent in the prospective area to get to know it a little better. And the Frommer's guide to NM was my proverbial "bible" for the first year I was there and I found that I did quite well following their suggested activities!

For those of you moving to NM - I am extremely jealous as I am marred up here in PA - which is nice, yes, but nothing has felt like "home" since I left NM!
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Old 08-04-2006, 02:58 PM
 
Location: S. Carolina
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Wow! Very beautiful! Thank you for sharing! Hubby must be one great guy to give all that up for!
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Old 08-04-2006, 04:09 PM
 
Location: Trans-Pecos Texas
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Very interesting post, Winnie...

Roads are quiet - doing 75 usually does not get you into trouble as it is the speed limit on most major roads.

Interesting that you should bring that up. I took two ski trips to Sipapu last winter, going a different way each time. Most roads were either major or interstate. The interstate limit is often 75....but on the smaller roads it goes down to 65, if not 60.

There were cops all over the place, which was just fine with me. On both trips, people passing me were stopped and given a ticket.....2 on the first trip and 1 on the second....

>:-}
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Old 08-04-2006, 04:50 PM
 
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Wow Winnie, what a great post! Thank you. I am moving on labor day weekend, now I am getting really excited and your post gave me even more to feel happy about. You made my day.
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Old 08-05-2006, 08:56 PM
 
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Thanks for post Winnie.., What might you beable to tell me about E/SE of ALB.(ie Moriarty,Estancia,Edgewood)Even as far east as Santa Rosa...Planning on visit in begin-mid Oct..,how will weather be...Thanks
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Old 08-06-2006, 06:41 PM
 
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Thanks for post Winnie.., What might you beable to tell me about E/SE of ALB.(ie Moriarty,Estancia,Edgewood)Even as far east as Santa Rosa...Planning on visit in begin-mid Oct..,how will weather be...Thanks
I am going to be away till Tues - but I will have a reply for you then. I can answer the weather pretty quickly, October is a very tricky month. It can be blazing hot still or it can snow briefly. I would pack a mixture of clothing as you will be near the high ground when you are close to Albuquerque and when you get out towards Santa Rosa you are getting back to the plains, which usually is warmer - but still chilly at night in Oct.

As far as the "what to do's of that area" I will get you a detailed list Tues..
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Old 08-06-2006, 08:10 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico USA
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Default Albuquerque and East of There in October

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Thanks for post Winnie.., What might you beable to tell me about E/SE of ALB.(ie Moriarty,Estancia,Edgewood)Even as far east as Santa Rosa...Planning on visit in begin-mid Oct..,how will weather be...Thanks
October in New Mexico is my favorite time of year. Fall weather here is typically mild but you should always be prepared for the unexpected by dressing in layers. The mornings before 9:00 a.m. are typically chilly enough to wear a winter jacket; by noon you could find yourself too warm in shorts.

If you come to Albuquerque the first week of October you will be here during the world's largest ballooning event, held annually for over 30 years. In fact, this year is its 35th. If you have never been before, it's an event you will not want to miss.

Heading east to Moriarty, Estancia, and Edgewood, you will find the weather typically 7 to 10 degrees cooler at that time of year. Most likely, you will be wearing your jacket outside all the time. Santa Rosa is another story. The farther east you go in New Mexico, the terrain gets flatter and hotter. The "cowboy" lifestyle prevails in those areas. In those communities, you will find more people decked out in "Country Western" than anything else.

My favorite Mexican restaurant (El Comedor) and a great karaoke restaurant/bar (Blacky's) are in Moriarty. Good, honest, friendly people abound in the area.

Barb T., New Mexico USA
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Old 08-16-2006, 02:34 PM
 
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Default edgewood

Hi...i too am interested in relocating...being chased out of socal by the insanity...as far as edgewood and other eastern towns...i will be working in alb and driving on the roads...how does the snow impact getting from alb-edgewood?...will i need chains?...also are there regular mexican restaurants?-not that New Mexican stuff...i know dumb question
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Old 08-16-2006, 03:10 PM
 
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I doubt you would need chains to go from Edgewood to Alb.

We drove up there numerous times during the winter and no problems.

BUT - if it is a major snowstorm (which is rare), check out the local police for road conditions. We had a few guys get killed in west TX because an unplowed road had 5' snow drifts due to the 50 mph winds. They were stuck 40 miles from the nearest town, and by the time anyone could get to them they had all died.

I personally owe my life to my cellphone. We broke down in West TX 30 miles east of Littlefield with 14 inches of snow on the ground. Thankfully we got help in 2 hours or we would have been popcicles by the time anyone found us.

A rule of thumb when you travel in NM - always be prepared for the worst. Always take a cell phone, blankets, first aid kit, water and other necessities depending on the weather. You can go hours without getting help if you do have a problem out there depending on what road you are on. Keep tabs on your tires and how much air is in there as one day it can be 80 the next can be 40 in the wintertime. I-40 is pretty well traveled up that close to Alb. though and the plows usually do a good job. It is southern NM you have to watch out for. Places not used to the snow.

Don't mean to scare anyone out of NM but you need to realize that traveling down there needs to be taken seriously, winter or summer.
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Old 08-17-2006, 01:35 AM
 
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FriarDave, I lived out in Moriarty, past Edgewood, so I drove by Edgewood going to ABQ. You don't need chains in the winter. I had a front wheel drive, not a 4x4 and I never had any trouble in the winter. If it gets real bad, which is rare, in that case, nobody is going into ABQ anyway so it is a free day but don't bank on more then 4 free days in 10 years. Sure the ABQ area has some great Mexican restaurants. You can see all the restaurants in the area by going to Yahoo, then go to their Maps, then type in the city you want and click on the area restaurants and you will see all the ones in the area.
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