I meant to post this in winter. Enjoy these scenes anyway, sure to warm up your bones!
|The view from the tram down to the coolest part of Abq. High 60's up there after our morning hike to the top; mid 90's below, in a 20 minute tram flight down 4000'+ in elevation. It was early June.|
El Paso is certainly so much hotter than Albuquerque, since after all, it's south of I-40; enlightened landscape architects from here specify plants from Phoenix on projects there. Yes, and average winters kill many of them, but I digress. It's at least a few degrees hotter in summer than way up in the polar, 35N latitude reaches of Abq. (snicker)
Seriously, El Paso and Las Cruces often get 2-3 solid weeks over 100F, not just off and on like parts of Abq. But still high desert.
But it still gets hotter - much hotter.
Now to the real low desert...4000' lower than the El Paso site, due west 700+ miles.
|A canyon with a grove of wild California or Desert Fan Palm near a spring. San Diego County, California, plenty of sand but not the beach side of their county! That's Anza Borrego Desert State Park, one flaming August day in 1989. I was bummed about the cool summer San Diego was plagued with my first year living there, so I drove 90 minutes east.|
And warm up I did!