Getting used to Albuquerque and New Mexico

While I was growing up, our family lived near the ocean at an elevation that was just a few feet above sea level.

Whenever there was an incoming hurricane, every one of us were close enough to the water that a deadly storm surge was always a concern.

It was a trade off living in a gorgeous section with clear skies and warm hot and cold temperatures. You could spend a vacation in a rental on the beach and wonder why everyone doesn’t try to live near the ocean, only to learn that those who do have high prices to pay when mother nature comes to money the check. I have seen entire towns leveled by 150 mile-per-hour winds coming off a category 4 or 5 hurricane, assuming you address the wind gusts that go even higher than 150. I was happy when our wife told myself and others about her idea of moving back to Albuquerque, New Mexico to be closer to her parents. Aside from having a fascination with the desert areas of the southwest, I was happy to learn that Albuquerque is the neighborhood with the highest elevation in the United States. The neighborhood sits at a whopping 5,312 feet above sea level, with some areas at the base of the Sandia Mountains reaching over 6,000 feet. The lowest arenas in the section are still over 4,000. I figured it would take time getting used to Albuquerque’s high elevation, however it was a lot harder at first than I realized. You can’t exactly turn on an Heating, Ventilation, and A/C method to make it better, as they don’t produce oxygen they simply “condition” it with cooling, heating or purification. In other words, running an Heating, Ventilation, and A/C method isn’t going to help you acclimate to Albuquerque’s high elevation in central New Mexico.


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