"Fall in New Mexico. This is why we live here."
A co-worker said this today, and it has stuck with me.
I'm sure many other places also are nice in the fall, but this is the time when New Mexico really shines. Santa Fe just had its fiestas, the State Fair is ongoing, and roasting green chile can be enjoyed at nearly every produce shop and grocery.
Some of the weaker trees are already sporting yellowed leaves. The cottonwoods and aspens will soon put on their annual shows, and there may be hot-air balloons overhead.
The clear air sparkles, and the sunshine seems to hug you. Weird, right?
Officially, the people tracking the first day of astronomical fall says autumn beings Friday, Sept. 23. I can barely wait.
After such a frigid winter and blisteringly hot summer, Albuquerque is due for some pleasant days. I don't expect to taste a Dixon apple this year, but that's OK. Summer really was brutal.
Whether you are new to the area or a longtime resident, make some time to enjoy the season.