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I hear it's really nice.

Docjoe wrote:

I hear it's really nice.

It was pretty nice when I visited there recently.

No clue how to delete a thread. Started a Choose your tag thread for Outlandish and discovered that there was not only one thread in existence, but two. Crap Google-fu search on my part.

Bring on the stoning. There's always one, isn't there?

I lived in a town when I was a kid that was named Truth or Consequences, NM. It was named after a radio show.

Carlsbad Caverns is quite cool, well worth seeing. Only thing I remember about NM.

bhchrist wrote:

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It's too late. Your thread has been integrated into the collective to make of it what we will until such time as it stops entertaining us or Certis jumps in and cruelly ends our fun.

LouZiffer wrote:
bhchrist wrote:

No clue how to delete a thread. Started a Choose your tag thread for Outlandish and discovered that there was not only one thread in existence, but two. Crap Google-fu search on my part.

It's too late. Your thread has been integrated into the collective to make of it what we will until such time as it stops entertaining us or Certis jumps in and cruelly ends our fun.

As it should be. Played a soccer tournament in NM back in the late 80s. It was fine. Had a roommate in college from NM. He was fine too.

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I once took a wrong turn in Albuquerque ...

I actually, literally did that, SillyWabbit. It was not as much fun as the cartoons make it out to be.

So I've never been to NM but am looking for a new family vacation destination. We went to Sedona a few years back and loved it. Any similar areas in NM that would be good for hiking and such? And I'd be looking to stay somewhere with all the modern amenities including a pool.

Docjoe wrote:

So I've never been to NM but am looking for a new family vacation destination. We went to Sedona a few years back and loved it. Any similar areas in NM that would be good for hiking and such? And I'd be looking to stay somewhere with all the modern amenities including a pool.

I am not sure NM has modern amenities. So that leaves us with somewhere like New Mexico but not New Mexico? Maybe Colorado? Arizona has lots of other hiking places. Have you gone to the grand canyon?

Just remember Arizona is basically West World.

My visits to New Mexico have been brief. But Ruidoso, at least, has plenty of modern amenities.

The Carlsbad Caverns are worth seeing.

There's supposed to be some really spectacular hikes in places like the Carson National Forest, though I haven't been.

I lived in Albuquerque for two years in the late '90s and have been wanting to return since I left. I watched clouds form one night after I hiked up part of the western face of the Sandias. Warm moist air rising and cooling, forming clouds in the light of a full moon.

I drove around the desert out by Quemado and Fence Lake at night, sometimes turning off my headlights, the road fully lit by the moon.

I saw so many stars in the desert night sky I couldn't focus my eyes on them.

Plenty of places had all the modern amenities, which is fine but in some senses disappointing because I kind of wish it was a little more like a frontier town. But only a little.

I stayed a couple of nights with a cousin in Gallup and it was one of the most-depressing places of been. My cousin lived right next to a Sisters of Mercy of something small Catholic church. It was surrounded by high fences topped with razor wire. There was a sign to the effect that people crashing there as a shelter had to be out by 6;00 a.m. The active population of Gallup triples around the first of the month as folks come in off the reservation to spend their government checks and the alcohol problem is real.

I kind of dream of getting a small house in Quemado and whiling away my days writing and drinking coffee.

I've had to travel to ABQ on business a few times. Lovely place, very good food (especially if you like green chili sauce).

My parents have a distinct memory that they used to recant frequently about a road trip to visit my grandparents in NM, and my infant of a self asked my parents when we would be arriving in "Albutuerkey".

They still think it's funny.

Was that a typo, or should I pronounce that "albu-twerky?"

Malor wrote:

Was that a typo, or should I pronounce that "albu-twerky?"

Nah, I just spelled it out so it matched the city's spelling. I believe my tiny self said "Albu-Turkey".

So I'm going to say Ruidoso would be a good place to stay or on the other side of the mountain there is Cloudcroft. Honestly I couldn't say if Cloudcroft is much better or equal because I've never been there. I always hear about people going to Rui for recreation and going to Cloudcroft because they live there. That being said, the folks in Alamogordo that I know prefer Cloudcroft, do so because it's closer to Alamogordo and there's fewer minorities/poor people (horribly prejudiced I know)
There are some great hiking spots and some amazing views all over that area. It's actually amazing given that just one hour out of town, the scenery completely changes. If you go one hour one way from Rui, you end up at White sands national monument and if you go the other way, you end up at Roswell. Not much over at Roswell other than saying that you've been there. Also, the first saturday of April and October, you can visit the Trinity site.