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Snow dusted desert

December 24th, 2011

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Snow dusted desert, close to Mimbres, New Mexico. At about 6,000 feet.

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Run for the hills

December 23rd, 2011

Fervoured debate. North Sea crude versus West Texas oil. I wasn’t sure what the point of the enthusiastic discussion was. But someone did mention that in the UK gasoline was ten times the cost in the US. Chose to ignore this, resisting the temptation to ask how they spent on health insurance. I was certain I had the better deal.

I’d wandered once more into McDonald’s. Felt a bit embarrassed. I’d seen Morgan Spurlock’s documentary Super Size Me. Even got a copy. But, in truth, it was the draw of the Scrumptious fruit & maple oatmeal and an Egg McMuffin. Less than 600 calories. And a coffee of course. Also do fairly healthy salads, provide you hold the dressing. But not for breakfast.

Comforted my conscience with the knowledge that this was an early morning meeting place for the retired. Tough old boys who’d bettered themselves. They usually bought only coffee. Small. But then one got himself a breakfast sandwich. Sparked a debated on the menu choices, value for money and quality of the food. I think I preferred oil.

My own breakfast finished, packed up my netbook and pocket book I’d been scribbling in, and left. The snows had begun to melt but, much more importantly, the highway was clear. And it had been gritted, perhaps salted as well. Time to run for the hills. Reposition at a campground about thirty miles east, at the base of the Emory Pass. Bit over eight thousand feet. Seven below tonight apparently…

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Silver City in the snow – Part two

December 23rd, 2011

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Silver City, New Mexico

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Silver City in the snow

December 23rd, 2011

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Silver City, New Mexico

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Snowbound and stoic

December 22nd, 2011

More snow. But Ken’s strangely pleased about this…

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Settling snow in Silver City

December 21st, 2011

Snow continues to fall in Silver City, New Mexico…

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Early White Christmas

December 20th, 2011

Silver City may be surrounded by desert. But at over six thousand feet elevation, that doesn’t preclude it snowing…

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Termination dust

September 22nd, 2011

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They call it termination dust. A light smattering of snow on the higher peaks, the result of summer precipitation at altitude. It’ll soon disappear, for now at least. But not the case in just a few weeks time. Winter rapidly approaching.

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Snow progress in Alaska

September 10th, 2011

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Want to ride a bicycle on snow? Dry these. Absolute monsters. Alas, not on Emma. Instead belonging to Anchorage cyclist Lewis.

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No snow…

January 16th, 2011

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Blighty under a blanket of snow. The sort of thing that was the norm for Bulgaria. Where I’d spent the previous Christmas. Being introduced to Nanette, Nicky and their son Michael (pictured). But in what seemed to be a straight weather swop, not a single flake this year. The only snowmen artificial. Warm enough for an outdoor barbeque.

[Photograph reproduced with permission]

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