This is why I love New Mexico, USA – – my heartfelt tribute

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – eastern edge of Rio Rancho, with the Sandia Moutains in the background and Albuquerque in the distance to the right – – taken on Dec. 9, 2019, 5:30 p.m., temperature 45 degrees F,  7 degrees C)

by Norio Hayakawa – – July 13, 2020:

Words cannot fully express how much I love living here in New Mexico, USA.

As I stated elsewhere many times before, once you taste the beauty and uniqueness of New Mexico, it will never leave you, no matter where you go.

In fact, it will tell you sooner or later that this is the place to return to and spend the rest of your remaining life.

It happened to me, too.

I first came here to New Mexico from Japan in 1965, but then later moved on to Arizona in 1973 where I became a naturalized citizen of this great nation in 1976.  From 1982 to 2008 I lived and worked in Los Angeles, as a licensed funeral director.

But something told me that after my retirement,  I must move back here to this Land of Enchantment and spend the rest of my life here.   And now I am so happy living here again !!


Because there is no place like New Mexico – – its beautiful, mild climate, its rich and diverse culture and wonderful, generous people.

(It goes without saying that New Mexico, with its abundance of tasty green chile, has the best food I ever tasted – – I love New Mexico’s unique music style – – I love the great Native American people here and their traditions – – I love the Hispano culture with its unique Spanish language spoken here, especially in northern New Mexico – – I could go on and on)

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – My favorite view of the Sandia Mountains – – down by the riverside in Rio Rancho – – July 10, 2020, 8:30 p.m.)

New Mexico is the 5th largest State in the Union, yet its entire population is only around 2 million.   It has been  (and will be)  that way for quite some time.


Because many people in the United States  (and most people in the world)  do not even seem to know  (or do not seem to care)  that we even exist.

In a way, it’s the best kept secret !!

(Some people here like to keep it that way).

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – -this is what I describe as quintessential New Mexico …..My favorite capture……pink, purple, green and brown – the Village of Corrales, population 10,000, near Albuquerque and Rio Rancho.

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – my favorite, scenic Meadowlark Lane in Rio Rancho – – going towards Corrales and Albuquerque.  This scenic road is not too far from the Senior Center – – taken on May 16, 2020)

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