Friday, July 10
Today was another long 5 hr drive to a KOA in Albuquerque. Our previous reservation was at a city run campground who cancelled our reservation bc we were from out of state (NM had a second shut down bc they suck).
The terrain transitioned from flat dessert to occasionally mesas covered with this bush/cacti hybrid called a cholla tree
We had every intention of going to a national park this afternoon but it’s triple digit heat here and most of the parks close between 4-6 pm. We decided to go out for authentic Mexican instead (+ margaritas) and get up early tomorrow before it gets too hot.
After dinner we did have some energy to drive over to the Sandia Peak Tramway in Cibola National Forest.
Sandia (Spanish for watermelon 🍉) tramway is the 2nd longest in the world (2.7 miles)….the longest is in Armenia at 3.5 miles but only open to a monastery.
The top of the tram was a little over 10,000 ft above sea level.
I am surprised how mountainous this area is (Albuquerque is about 5k above sea level) and there is such a blend of forest and desert. The city itself, located in the basin, is flat and very spread out but huge and most buildings are in a boxy, stucco design. No building is more than 2 stories (I imagine for energy costs). A portion of the city near the mountain is designated Native American preserves.
There’s so much to see around here but we only have one full day tomorrow before we head to Colorado the next day. On the agenda:
✳️ Dinner: Green Chili Burgers 🍔
With going into another time zone and all day driving the kids were wiped. Their faces and feet were covered in dirt from playing on the mountain so a quick baby wipe bath and tossed in bed 😴😴😴😴😴
Now after a big plate of Mexican beans…D and I have to sleep in the same bed all night 💩💨💨💨💨💨💨😂😂😂