We often say the phrase “Only In New Mexico” when we experience unusual happenings like waking up to snow and then warming up to sunshine as we leave the office for an afternoon errand.
Rapid changes in weather do seem very New Mexican, and yet they also feel familiar. Then again, New Mexico is all about normalizing the strange. Here are five reasons why.
New Mexico is the state with a town named after a popular TV game show. Truth or Consequences was originally called Hot Springs until it was renamed in 1950 when Ralph Edwards, host of a game show titled Truth or Consequences, asked any town in America to rename herself in honor of the show. TorC was born.
New Mexico is the state home to a town filled with green aliens and unidentified flying objects. Roswell’s 48,000 residents think that their town is out of this world. When a mysterious crash took place 75 miles outside of this eastern New Mexico city in 1947, area residents questioned exactly what happened. The mystery continues.
New Mexico is the state whose official question is “Red or Green?”. Recognizable as a traffic stop light, the sound of a waitress asking you which type of sauce you prefer is as New Mexican as the Zia sign. Can’t make up your mind, try your enchilada Christmas style and take both sauces. With this question, there is no wrong answer.
New Mexico is the state where the big bang theory was more than just a theory. The biggest bang, at least in recorded history, took place on July 16, 1945, with the detonation of the Atomic Bomb. Known today as the Trinity Site, the bomb was tested outside of Alamogordo at 5:29 am. Talk about a wake up call.
New Mexico is home to Hatch, a tiny town with a fiery reputation as the Green Chile Capital of the World. If you’re driving from Silver City, making your way to Albuquerque, Hatch is an obligatory stop. You’ll see chile ristras in every corner and maybe even a glimpse of this year’s Chile Queen. She can be found parading through town during the annual Chile Festival. A stop in Hatch is memorable under any weather condition — hot or mild.
The 47th state lives up to its state motto — the Land of Enchantment. Quirkiness aside, New Mexico is also a place of majestic outdoors, fascinating undergrounds and the friendliest people around.
We should feel lucky to live in this wonderful state. And just in case you aren’t convinced, did you know that there is an actual duck race held each year in Deming?
Originally published at https://www.linkedin.com on February 4, 2016.