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Don't know what to make of it, but...........

by Mac McMullen / November 15, 2004 1:26 AM PST

Here, where we have sun at least 360 days a year, and for the
most part, cloudless blue skies..........

Right now it's totally overcast, very light drizzle, in the mid-upper 40's.
That's OK, we'll take all the moisture we can get.

East, about twenty miles, and from about the 6000 ft mark, it's heavy
snow last night, and continuing today. The front is moving east so
won't see any of it here. The snow and ski buffs are probably happy.

North, a 3.5 earthquake last evening. The epicenter about twenty miles
north of here. That's all uninhabited open desert, mountains to the east.
Felt nothing.

There's lots they obviously didn't tell me when I was deciding where to
move, to get away from people crowds and traffic.

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Hmm, what part of the country is this?
by Dragon / November 15, 2004 6:01 AM PST

And, do you ever get the urge to go to a mall or something? Happy

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Are you talking about....,
by Angeline Booher / November 15, 2004 7:10 AM PST

... Cloudcroft? Lovely place!

I recall visiting the lava fields off the road to Albuquerque, so I reckon there must once have been an active volcano. But I was not aware that there was any seismic activity in your general area.

I can see why you did choose to live there. It is beautiful ! Go several miles one way and be on the mountain. Go another way and be in White Sands. Certainly not boring! And it takes a while to drive to a large city.

Angeline
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Yep, Cloudcroft and Ruidoso.........
by Mac McMullen / November 15, 2004 8:04 AM PST

I'm in Tularosa, just north of Alamogordo, and the
earthquake would have been about halfway between here
and the Malpais - the lava flows near Carrizozo.

http://www.americansouthwest.net/new_mexico/valley_of_fires/recreation_area.html

The snow was uphill from me. We're at 4500 elevation, and
the snow was from 6 - 6500, Ruidoso and Cloudcroft, and
the plains east of there.

The White Sands National Monument is about 20 miles west
of me, as the crow flys:

http://www.nps.gov/whsa/

It's aprx 100 miles to El Paso, Tex; 90 miles to Las Cruces, NM,
and 200 miles to Albuquerque, NM. At 75 mph, on good
4 lane highway, and only about 4 or 5 cars to the mile,
a trip is not bad at all.

I only go if I really have to. I don't like crowds and
city bumper to bumper traffic. Alamogordo has a Lowes;
a Home Depot; a Sears; a Super Wal-Mart; and a mall with
about 30 stores, plus a myraid of individual stores
scattered around.

The Mescalerro Reservation is about half way between
here and Ruidoso, and they have a casino and a great
resturant right on the highway, and are re-building
the Inn of the Mountain Gods. This resort will be
gigantic and have casinos and resturants, plus golf
and all the other stuff that goes with a modern resort.

And then there is Sierra Blanca, at 12,000 elevation, just
outside of Ruidoso, with over 90 ski runs, which will
open Thanksgiving weekend.

Can't forget Ruidoso Downs, a great racetrack, next door
to Ruidoso.

Might be sparsley populated.., but love it.

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Re: Yep, Cloudcroft and Ruidoso.........
by jim c / November 15, 2004 8:40 AM PST

You forgot to mention the pistachio ranch. My daughter ordered a gift set for me via the internet. It came with 4 different flavors of pistachios, pistachio brittle, and pistachio cookies. It was great. I also enjoyed visiting Holloman AFB, home of the F-117 stealth fighters and a German AF training wing, on one of my visits to the area.

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Re: Yep, Cloudcroft and Ruidoso.........
by Rolway / November 15, 2004 9:17 AM PST

Oh Man, Thats Gods country. Thats what I call living. Way to go Del.

4 or 5 cars to the mile, Wow. Up here its 4 or 5 Ft. between cars on 2 and 4 lane highways at 75 mph. You need a co-pilot and a lot of guts. Make the wrong move, and its demolition derby time.

George

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Came across this old thread by accident.
by drpruner / December 9, 2005 4:45 AM PST

Relevant to recent talk about quakes: There's a fault running up the middle of the state roughly from Socorro to Belen. Source of occasional 4.0 quakes; scares the locals but hardly noticed by immigrants from CA.
That fault is partly responsible for the Rio Grande River, famed in song and story. Most rivers carve their own valleys as they go. The Rio Grande is the effort of local runoff to keep up with land subsidence that is very fast, by geological standards. That's why it's not very impressive over most of its length. Pakistan and other places would give right arms for our ''fault.''

Lots of US history in Mac's area. One of the players there a century ago was Albert Fall, who went on to fame and infamy as U.S. Grant's Sec. of the Interior; Teapot Dome scandal.

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