The skies were a looming steel grey,thunderstorms threatening all around us. I expected New Mexico to be warm and dry, even sunny. Instead, I watched the mountain tops in hopes of catching the lightning as it struck down from the smothering cloud formations. The drive from Albuquerque to Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, took over two hours. The weather changed on a dime. One minute the beams of sunlight cracking through the clouds like headlights on a desolate highway would turn into a spring shower, and then turn to a pelting down pour. At one point snow blanketed the terrain with white soft crystals.