Well, We Got Snowed On

2 Nov
2011
Posted in: New Mexico, Oklahoma
By    12 Comments

Like the Donners on their way west, we too got snowed on … but we didn’t have to resort to cannibalism. Instead, we’re shacked up at a hotel in Raton, New Mexico. Now that the snow has stopped and we can see more than a few yards ahead, we can tell that this is a pretty cool town. We’ve already hit up their library, their local coffee shop, the Raton Museum, and the store that sells beer (seriously, there may only be one).  Here’s what we drove through today. It was insane.

It started nice in Oklahoma.

It started snow-free in Oklahoma (just windy, very windy ... and cold).

Then it turned into this right after we got into New Mexico.

Then it turned into this right after we got into New Mexico.

View our the side window.

View out the side window.

Visibility 20 yards.

Visibility 20 yards.

We thought we’d have a bad day today, then two good ones to see northern New Mexico.  But the forecast for tomorrow?  It keeps dropping.  We’ll have to figure this out.  We may need to run to the south. Or to AZ.

Edit from Lisa: I don’t think Paul conveyed this fully: this is the worst driving I’ve ever experienced.  And I’m from the snow belt of upstate New York.  The visibility was often zero, and the wind was blowing so hard that the gusting snow was creating these weird, shifting shapes and patterns that were messing with my eyes.  Add to that countless tumbleweeds, speeding semis (UPS gots to get there on time), and the inability of New Mexico to plow their roads, and my first impression of the state I’ve been dying to get to is not great.  But now that the clouds have cleared and Raton has been so awesome (and beautiful), I’m warming up to it a little bit.

  • 3500leavitt

    Ack! So much for warm weather in the South.  Looks nice here:
    http://www.weather.com/weather/tenday/Alamogordo+NM+USNM0002

  • Drew

    “Warming” up to it. I see what you did there.

    Both hands on the wheel, kids… Ten and two! Glad you got there safely.

    • http://www.pauldavidolson.com/blog/ Paul David Olson

      Next time: 4 hands on the wheels.  Double the safety. 

  • Carolyn

    You beat us for first snow! Glad you arrived safely. Nice to know you don’t have a schedule to meet. Enjoy

  • http://dappered.com Joe

    Holy.  The Raton Pass?  Drove this very stretch in 2003 with a pal.  Pal had a Chevy S10 blazer that was pulling a dangerously overloaded trailer and was overheating up any minor incline.  We had to stop 4 – 5 times getting up that mountain.  That’s not a fun stretch at all.

    • http://www.pauldavidolson.com/blog/ Paul David Olson

      Time to head south it seems … after a couple days in Taos.  I believe south is always downhill …

      • http://dappered.com Joe

        I think there might be some truth to the “south is always downhill” thing.  That said, it also sounds a lot like something my pal with the Chevy Blazer told me once we arrived in California:  “In California, the ocean is always on your left.”  ‘kay…

  • Abbeyregan

    Sorry guys, had to laugh cuz we had the same experience when we traveled that route! We were expecting relative warmth and mildness compared to NY and boy were we in for a surprise! Love your blog, will continue to follow it as you head in our direction!

    • http://www.pauldavidolson.com/blog/ Paul David Olson

      Raton strikes again!

  • barb

    Perhaps the saying should go, “There’s nothing certain but death, taxes, AND SNOW!”

    Be safe.