Hello! I'm back with another travel post of Our Road Trip Out West. Today's post starts with the morning of Day Five, our trip up the Sandia Mountains. If you missed my other travel posts, just scroll down.
On the morning of Day Five we woke up early in our Albuquerque hotel excited to take a tram ride up to the top of the Sandia Mountains. This was hands down my absolute favorite part of our trip. The Sandia Peak Tramway takes you on a 2.7 mile ride to the top of a mountain 10,378 feet above sea level. The views up are absolutely amazing as the tram can get so close to the magnificent rock formations.
Just look at these views: I fell in love with the terrain of New Mexico on this vacation. I don't know what it was about this magical landscape: was it because I had never seen terrain like this before in my life, or was it the color of the landscape and the endless blue skies unblocked by trees or human habitation? I don't know, I just loved it.
New Hampshire hiking adventures of last summer. The only thing I was nervous about was running across a bear or large cat. But the only animal life we encountered was a fox, some very friendly squirrels, and lots of birds. I recognized the bird calls of the finches, because we use to have finches as pets in our home. They make a 'beep, beep' sound. We don't have them in Wisconsin, so I never heard them in mass in the wild before. It was quite interesting.
Smokey Mountains, we saw a lot of trees that had no needles, they looked more like tree stumps than trees. We were told it was because of damage done by acid rain. Then in New Hampshire, there were lots of trees until you got to the top of the White Mountains, but then it was just solid rock and no life whatsoever because the winds were so strong and the temperatures were bitter cold. The Sandia Mountains do not get quite as cold because it is a warmer state and the elevation isn't quite as high because the entire state's altitude is higher than it's eastern counterparts.
Here's a picture of me walking on the hiking trail. This is my old winter coat by the way. The one I told you I wanted to replace with my new one in THIS POST because it was too short and didn't keep my legs warm.
We were so excited we finally reached our destination: it seemed like a long walk and although we would have loved to have spent the entire day up on the mountain exploring all the trails, we were scheduled to meet our son-in-law in Albuquerque in the afternoon, so we only had the morning to explore.
This is my husband standing proudly outside the cabin. The views from this spot are spectacular!
Again, we were blessed with gorgeous mountain views and we loved how close the tram came to the rock formations. Do you see the shadow of the tram in the picture below? The shadow really helps give perspective of the size of these mountains.
Have a great day! Amy