A Snow Day in Las Cruces

Trip Start Dec 24, 2010
Trip End Jun 01, 2011

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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Much to our surprise, looking out the window at 6:40AM, I saw SNOW!  I figured we must have gone back in time to Montana, but no, in spite of being close to Roswell, the reality was snow.  It was 11˚ with three inches of the dreaded stuff here.  Not being Faint of Heart, we headed to Las Cruces on I25.  Over the 15 miles, we saw only one pickup, with his emergency flashers going and traveling about 40 mph.  I passed him and saw no one else until we neared town.  There was general havoc due to the storm.  I learned later, that they haven't had snow since 1987 and then before that in the sixties.  We musta brung it wit' us...

Most of the town was shut down. Lynn wanted to visit the Branigan Culture Center, but, Closed. The schools and even the police department offices were also not open. We did find an Albertson's and did our shopping.  Since it was Wednesday, the had a 10% off on all purchases!  They don't have an Albertson's Card here, but do the discount-thing each week.  Nice.  Then we headed for the Arid Club, as I mentioned yesterday and went to a meeting, with Lynn as a guest.  A good one, as usual.

Since it was after one PM and we were hungry, we used the phone to locate some place to get a burger.  We went to five restaurants to find them all closed.  Finally we did get to Dick's Restaurant, where we had a decent lunch.  The Farmers Market, not surprising, was also not in operation.

We returned via Hwy 185, a two-lane road to camp.  It was intermittantly snow-packed and icy and wet.  This in spite of the fact that it never got over 18˚.  I assume that the earth here is still warm enough to keep the thaw going.  

I spoke with the Camp Host(ess) and asked about staying an extra night, until the roads clear and we can move on to Alamogordo, about half way to Roswell.  No problem.  She was quite surprised that we had ventured out and down to the "Closed-down Town".  Being from Montana, we don't always know what the best choices are.  No big deal, since we got back safely and a bit wiser.  The winters here for the next twenty years or so should be "bare and dry" after this storm.

I took only the one picture, through the windshield of the coach to give you an idea how it looks as I type this.  We'll be here until at least Friday, so more to follow.
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