High Desert in New Mexico

This morning we walked the neighborhood nearby of “High Desert” here in New Mexico. There are interesting street names such as Osage Orange, Paper Flower, Red Yucca and Copper Rose. We picked up a small, smooth round gourd. We thought perhaps it was an Osage Orange fruit. But it doesn’t appear to be from what I saw on this website. Guess I’ll have to do some more research.

There was a sweet smell in the air of all the flowering plants, particularly the Spanish Broom. Fiona says they smell like tortillas. We also saw some cholla cacti. It’s amazing all the beauty you can find in cacti. From our walk you can see out over the city of Albuquerque. We’re staying in the foothills of the mountains at an elevation of about 6,000 feet.

The higher elevation can cause altitude sickness. We think we suffered from a mild form the first week we were here. We’ve been drinking plenty of fluids and seem to be adjusted now.


  1. Sue, you have to stop eating that Scotch Broom, even if it does smell of tortillas; that should cure the altitude sickness, because it was making you high.

    New Mexico is lovely, though…

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