New Mex­ico time


Care­ful plan­ning is re­quired for shop­ping and ap­point­ments in town, since the near­est city of any size is over 80 miles away. Much of the world runs on sched­ules; in ru­ral New Mex­ico, we are gov­erned by the va­garies of clouds, rain and mud. The ever-shift­ing weather pat­terns de­ter­mine our sched­ule. Even weather pre­dic­tions are of­ten off the mark. Dur­ing mon­soon, it’s best to be out and about early, since rain of­ten ar­rives in the af­ter­noon. An­other rea­son to stay off the roads in the dark: huge herds of elk, which are on the move with the on­set of dusk. It’s al­ways a treat to see them as they re­gard us with more cu­rios­ity than alarm. Pho­tos by Karl Phaler

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