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Sat May 12, 2012, 12:01 AM

state by state speak your mind about...new mexico

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when i think of new mexico i picture a john wayne movie set
tall buttes and mesas in the distance and desert scrub all around
i think it may have some of that but not as much as some of its neighbors
its a rocky mountain state with snow peaks and such
every type of animal is represented there from chipmonks to cougars
pretty much annexed from mexico in the 1840s wars
in 1861 the csa claimed it as a territory
because of its border status it has had a latin influence throughout its existence and 46% of its population is descended from spanish colonists
it has the largest native population of any state except alaska
new mexico has archeological sites that go back to the mogollon and the anasazi (1200 bc)
history and nature combined to make new mexico a great place
i cant wait to go

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Reply state by state speak your mind about...new mexico (Original post)
SwampG8r May 2012 OP
marybourg May 2012 #1
nmbluesky May 2012 #2
SwampG8r May 2012 #3
nmbluesky May 2012 #9
pinboy3niner May 2012 #24
BarbaRosa May 2012 #5
alittlelark May 2012 #18
alittlelark May 2012 #22
Suich May 2012 #4
murielm99 May 2012 #6
Yuugal May 2012 #7
cali May 2012 #8
lonestarnot May 2012 #10
Retrograde May 2012 #11
Zorra May 2012 #12
Initech May 2012 #13
alittlelark May 2012 #20
me b zola May 2012 #14
NuttyFluffers May 2012 #15
TuxedoKat May 2012 #16
dana_b May 2012 #17
alittlelark May 2012 #19
Robb May 2012 #21
alittlelark May 2012 #23
XemaSab May 2012 #25

Response to SwampG8r (Original post)

Sat May 12, 2012, 12:08 AM

1. Bizarre. Although probably less so

than when I lived there 1/4 century ago. We used to ask: Can this be the United States and answer: Can this be Earth?

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Response to SwampG8r (Original post)

Sat May 12, 2012, 01:13 AM

2. Question

Red or Green

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Response to nmbluesky (Reply #2)

Sat May 12, 2012, 01:16 AM

3. is this about salsa?

i always take the verde

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Response to SwampG8r (Reply #3)

Sat May 12, 2012, 12:57 PM

9. Well no

It was chiles

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Response to nmbluesky (Reply #9)

Sat May 12, 2012, 08:41 PM

24. Aha!

Friends there used to ship me a case of NM Anaheim (green) chiles every year. As soon as they arrived, it was time to roast them and make chiles rellenos (using a 'crispy' recipe, not the puffy, soggy kind served in restauants). Yum!

Adding green chiles to my shopping list now...

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Response to nmbluesky (Reply #2)

Sat May 12, 2012, 01:52 AM

5. Which is hotter?

sorta the second state question.

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Response to nmbluesky (Reply #2)

Sat May 12, 2012, 03:39 PM

18. Christmas of course!

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Response to nmbluesky (Reply #2)

Sat May 12, 2012, 08:30 PM

22. You didn't reply to my 'Christmas" answer.

???

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Response to SwampG8r (Original post)

Sat May 12, 2012, 01:16 AM

4. I think I'm going there (Las Cruces)

next March and I can't wait!

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Response to SwampG8r (Original post)

Sat May 12, 2012, 02:49 AM

6. I have a friend who lives there.

When I went to see her, we went to the Gila National Forest. It is beautiful. There are cliff dwellings there, too. That is the part I liked best.

I enjoyed seeing the beautiful old adobe homes in Albuquerque. I liked the desert, and the mountains. But the Gila National Forest was my favorite.

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Response to SwampG8r (Original post)

Sat May 12, 2012, 05:31 AM

7. Still got a ways to go before we get to LAX,

 

better order another drink.......

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Response to SwampG8r (Original post)

Sat May 12, 2012, 05:38 AM

8. I love NM. I think it's incredibly beautiful

 

I think of the Jemez Mountains and Santa Fe and quirky Rt 66 towns and Chaco Canyon and and and.

Love it.

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Response to SwampG8r (Original post)

Sat May 12, 2012, 12:59 PM

10. Wind does blow there.

 

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Response to SwampG8r (Original post)

Sat May 12, 2012, 01:14 PM

11. Coolest state capitol building

Filled with works by native artists. We were there last summer, just before Labor Day. The door was open so we walked in - not a soul in sight. After wandering about for half an hour, we met a guard who said, "Don't forget to visit the other building - there's some good stuff outside the governor's office!". When we left we saw another guard who asked, "Did you see the buffalo? That's my favorite."

Santa Fe has a building that has been in use since the early 1600s. New Mexico has the oldest continuous settlement in the US, going back to the 1200, IIRC. And Chaco Canyon in one of the most impressive sites I've ever seen.

But what surprised me most as a California was how green the northwestern part of the state was.

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Response to SwampG8r (Original post)

Sat May 12, 2012, 01:17 PM

12. I've lived in several states. AZ right now. I've lived in New Mexico twice.

Outside of Silver City for 4 months (I was proposed to in a little Italian Restaurant, Consentino's, outside of Silver City many moons ago, and I accepted), and outside of Santa Fe for 6 months. And various places in between for a week or two when traveling/exploring.

I've been all over the state.

It is known as the "Land of Enchantment" for very good reasons, and I love it.

The problem with New Mexico is, there's so much to see and experience, and so little time to do it, because there's so much cool shit there..

You are going to have a wonder filled experience.\

Have fun, SwampG8r!

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Response to SwampG8r (Original post)

Sat May 12, 2012, 01:18 PM

13. Support your local Los Pollos Hermanos.

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Response to Initech (Reply #13)

Sat May 12, 2012, 03:43 PM

20. LOL!

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Response to SwampG8r (Original post)

Sat May 12, 2012, 01:26 PM

14. Absolutely something magical about NM

I have fond memories of crossing NM on our summer vacations. Did I mention magical? Magical.

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Response to SwampG8r (Original post)

Sat May 12, 2012, 01:28 PM

15. Tomasita's of Santa Fe has the best pre-entree snack ever: sopaipillas and clover honey!

that and the state has purple sunsets, FTW!

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Response to SwampG8r (Original post)

Sat May 12, 2012, 03:27 PM

16. I'm curious

why NM it is a blue state and AZ right next door is such a red state, although I hear that is changing. I always think of them as being similar, state-wiseish that is.

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Response to SwampG8r (Original post)

Sat May 12, 2012, 03:38 PM

17. Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Fiesta!

I remember our flight not being able to take off because there were so many hot air balloons in the sky. Also the desert morning and the sun rising over it is definitely one of the highlights of my short time in New Mexico. So beautiful!

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Response to SwampG8r (Original post)

Sat May 12, 2012, 03:42 PM

19. I have a house in Jemez Springs.

I grew up in Albuquerque and went to school in Las Cruces.

New Mexico is enchanted.

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Response to SwampG8r (Original post)

Sat May 12, 2012, 03:45 PM

21. Nighttime in the high desert. For some reason the sky just looks more like the inside of a sphere.

The curvature is more pronounced, and I have no way to explain why.

The more the outside of a restaurant looks like a dive bar, the better the service, hospitality and food will be. A sing-song "spanglish" in small towns that can be found nowhere else -- if I ever hear it, I can usually peg someone as "grew up in rural New Mexico".

Drive-thru liquor stores, hail the size of golf balls, and low-altitude jet aircraft being terrifyingly awesome.

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Response to Robb (Reply #21)

Sat May 12, 2012, 08:33 PM

23. Robb is not a Dingbat

I could taste my state in your reply.

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Response to SwampG8r (Original post)

Sat May 12, 2012, 09:40 PM

25. Part of the state I like

but the town of Grants is one of the more depressed towns I have ever been in.

I have a friend who lives there and she hates it.

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