New Mexico May 03, 2016
14 Surprising Things You May Not Expect When Moving To New Mexico
You’ve found a place to live, you have a job lined up, and you’re psyched to become a New Mexican. But relocating to a new state involves more than moving vans and forwarding your mail. It’s often a major adjustment. Inevitably, there are going to be some surprises along the way.
1. It's really pretty here.
The landscapes here will take your breath away. Even driving the same road in the opposite direction often yields a new set of gorgeous views.
2. The great outdoors.
The Land of Enchantment is filled with fantastic state parks and wilderness areas. So naturally people here are pretty outdoorsy. Just make sure you're in good shape before you commit to hiking with a local - they will power up a mountain like it's a stroll in a park.
3. New Mexico is much more than desert and cacti.
People seem to envision New Mexico as a land of parched earth and relentless sun. Sure, you can find places like that, but there are also forests and lakes to explore.
4. We get excited about rain.
Don't even think about complaining if it rains. We're thrilled to have the moisture.
5. Storms are dramatic in New Mexico.
This is particularly true in summer. You can often smell the ozone in the air before a storm.
6. Contrary to popular belief, it snows here.
Sometimes a lot.
New Mexico has an abundance of mountains and many towns are at higher elevations than folks from out of state are used to. Don't worry; you'll adjust.
8. It's very dry.
With our low humidity, there are times when your skin may feel a bit like this.
9. Incredible cuisine.
New Mexico has great food and lots of farm-to-table restaurants.
10. Sneaky chile.
New Mexicans are known for loving chile, but newbies are often surprised at the many dishes that incorporate this ingredient. Even when you didn't think you ordered chile, it appears! Green chile apple pie anyone?
11. The driving distances between places.
New Mexico is the fifth largest state in the nation. If you drive from Anthony in the south, to Chama in the north, expect to be in the car for a little over six hours (according to Google Maps).
12. You need to be able to function without a cell phone.
Not all the time. But there are a surprising number of places where cell reception is sketchy. Be prepared to go it old school now and then.
13. Some customer service reps will be convinced that you've moved abroad.
Be prepared to review basic U.S. geography! Also, Internet searches invariably pull up a few results for Mexico.
14. Awesome people.
Congratulations - now you're one of them!
If you’re a New Mexico transplant, what surprised you the most when you moved here? And for all the New Mexicans whose family trees have deep roots, what advice would you give to new arrivals?