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Old 07-31-2009, 12:54 PM   #41
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We considered staying in Cloudcroft where it was even cooler, but we'll be traveling with our dog and I wasn't sure how she'd do for a week at 9000 feet. We'll probably visit, though. Thanks.
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Old 08-02-2009, 10:25 PM   #42
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Hope you have a great trip. My husband and I just returned to N. Texas after our annual "get out of the heat" excursion to NM. We spent 11 days in Taos. The warmest day was 86 while we were there, and into the 50's at night. It was great I love Texas, but the summers are getting hotter, and hotter.
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We had a great time in Taos a couple of years ago. Went in October, hiked in the mountains, felt like we were eye-level with the stars in the evening. Very relaxing.
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Just got home. It was 52 in Ruidoso when we woke up this morning to start packing up the car and heading home.

When we got home it was 101.

Sigh.
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Welcome back to the forum. Did you get a chance to look around at RE market there? When visiting nice locations, we always pick up free brochures to see how things are, just out of curiosity.
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Yeah, we looked around. We definitely want to spend more time up there and elsewhere in that area in the summers to come. The good thing is that I work from home and my wife works for a school so we pretty much have all of early June to mid-August to get away as we see fit assuming I clear it with my boss. That might help keep us sane here for a while longer. I do like it here except for the brutal summers.

Oh, yeah -- and the scorpions and the chiggers and the fire ants and....
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The good thing is that I work from home and my wife works for a school so we pretty much have all of early June to mid-August to get away as we see fit assuming I clear it with my boss.
Then it's perfect! My experience has been that RE in the AZ high country has held up in prices much better than in Phoenix. It must be because supply is so limited, meaning the scarcity of private land that is interspersed with the National Forests. I have seen a house sold for 15% less than the asking price two years ago. Down in Phoenix, the average drop is probably 30-40%.

We love our "mountain home". Bought it as a possible retirement home, but then realized that it is a long way to the nearest hospital or doctor's office. So, will enjoy it for as long as we can (15-20 years?), then will figure out the next step. Can't think too far ahead. Too many variables in life.
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Post some photos, pleeeeeze?
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Post some photos, pleeeeeze?
We don't have too many but I'll throw some up in the next day or two. Most were taken from the deck of the rental house where we stayed.
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Welcome back...sorry you're back in the frying pan.
NM is one place I have never been. Closest I've been in that part of the USA is AZ, Scottsdale, Tuscon and Oak Creek Canyon.
I am enjoying reading this thread, putting NM on my "plotting list" of places for our next adventure (for next year or later depending on savings), on domestic soil.
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Glad you had a good time, Ziggy, hope your DD (dear dog) did also. Are there any cooler locations within a 1/2 day drive from home, I mean from "the scorpions and the chiggers and the fire ants and....."

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A few shots around me from the deck of the house we rented:

This deer came to within about 20 feet of the deck.


Something many of us Texans forgot about, a thing called "rain":


Another thing we have forgotten about: Temperatures like these after a doozy of a thunderstorm. This was at about 4 PM when it's usually about 103 at home:


One of the views from the deck:
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Looks wonderful, Ziggy! I *love* that photo of the rain. It looks so cool and refreshing.
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