My question is .. why did you move to New Mexico ?
I've been there 3 times. Always while driving to see Carlsbad Caverns .. nice to visit but I wouldn't want to stay.
Do you live in a big city ? I've heard that some of them are nice.
Inquiring ... people who have driven thru .. minds .. want to know?
I promised to write a post about why we chose to live here, but I had to think about it for a bit. First of all, to clear up a couple of JC's specific points:
My favorite part of the state is the northern half, so I understand JC's thoughts about the southeastern part where Carlsbad Caverns are located. I wouldn't want to live there either.
I live in a small city of about 32,000 in eastern New Mexico ("Little Texas") on the High Plains. It is way too conservative here for us and we have plans to move closer to Santa Fe.
For the rest of the reasons why we chose New Mexico (or why it chose us), here are my answers.
We came for:
The scenery and open spaces
The incredible skies and weather
The different cultures--ancient and not-so-ancient
The adobe (and faux adobe) architecture
The folk art
The amazing wildlife
Put all of these things together and add the indefinable "enchantment of New Mexico" with a bit of "mañana" attitude, lack of traffic, sunny days, and I think you'll start to get the picture. At least I hope so, but if you have more questions, please ask away.