First Impressions – Las Cruces, NM
Las Cruces, NM is definitely going to be a big change for me. Moving from right outside of our Nation’s capital to here is like night and day as far as I can tell so far. In this post I’ll be listing some of my first impressions. Hopefully I won’t offend anyone that thinks of “Cruces” as a place that is near and dear to their hearts.
This place is wicked small!
Sure I understand that it’s the second largest city in NM and has a population of roughly 100,000 people so maybe it’s not exactly “small” by many people’s standards… but its small in terms of activity’s and attractions. When you come from D.C. (or at least the immediately surrounding area). You become used to easy access to activities. Social sport leagues! Brunch! More museums than you know what to do with! Bars and nightlife on every corner! Did I mention brunch!? I can only cringe to think what my opinion would be if I came from having lived in an even larger city than D.C.
There is no grass. Really though, there is NO grass!
Parks and landscaped areas like the area outside my apartment for example… are all gravel and different gradations of sized rocks. With the largest of the rocks surrounding or encircling small maybe… 10 x 10 squares or circles of grass that they water. I swear they have them just so every dog in the neighborhood can come and crap outside my door. Even though they just come here to crap, it’s like they are taunting me and how bad I want a dog. Stop crapping in front of my door to taunt me!
And trees! There are no trees!
The only trees around are from landscaping. I don’t think I’ve seen a single tree that makes me think “Oh yeah, that grew there naturally”. NOPE! That tree was placed there after a back hoe dug a hole for it.
Okay, okay… the weather is nice.
I can’t complain about the weather. It has been a balmy 60-75 degrees every day since I’ve been here. Comparing that to the snowy mess they’ve been getting back in DC since I left and the feet upon feet upon feet of snow they have gotten back home in Massachusetts this winter I guess I can’t complain.
Aaaaand they have a nice view of the mountains.
That’s really the big highlight I’ve taken from being here so far. In the area of town where my apartment is and where I work there is a gorgeous view of the Organ Mountains. It’s nice to look at on the drive to work each day and provides some nice scenery for the runs I’ve started going on. As well as a beautiful sunrise and Sunset. I am really looking forward to doing some hiking on and around those mountains.
Well, those first impressions painted a bit of a negative picture I guess. But it’s not really so bad. I think I’ll just have to work a tad harder to find things that keep me occupied during the day (assuming I can drag myself out of bed during the day following a night shift), than I would back in the DC/VA area. All in all, the people I have met have been extremely nice and it’s great to get out and explore a new area. I’ll be sure to tell you how it goes hiking the mountains!