I realized something this morning as I walked outside the climate controlled Holiday Inn into the dry 95 degree heat at 10am: There isn’t any natural shade in Truth or Consequences, or in most of the Southwest. Sure, this seems like an obvious observation, but I’m slow sometimes, ok?
When you do find shade under a building entrance way or under the infrastructure of a gas station the heat isn’t bad at all. There’s usually a strong desert breeze going through and the dry air just makes you want to grab an Arnold Palmer and sit in a lounge chair, watching the spectacular clouds roll by.
But other than that, the short desert shrubs and cacti really don’t reach high enough to provide any protection from the strong sun.
I also realized as I walked downstairs this morning that the “Free Breakfast” ends at 9:30 AM.