Day 13: Albuquerque, NM

Friday, July 10

Apparently NM has snow capped mountains?

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.

Anejo patron marg. Went down too easy
They had a $40 margarita 😳 das some bougie-ass shit…
I can’t think of any time I’ve had better Mexican food than what I experienced here. This was a sampler platter with beef tacos, Chile rellenos (stuffed peppers), chicken enchiladas, refried beans, Spanish rice. Christmas style (half green sauce, half red sauce)
Carne adovadas burrito (pork marinated in red chili 🌢). Served with a side of sopaipillas (fried dough with honey)

After dinner we did have some energy to drive over to the Sandia Peak Tramway in Cibola National Forest.

Sandia (Spanish for watermelon πŸ‰) 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.

Going over canyons in the tram
I only had my phone with me so the landscape photos are not great but you get the point. One side of the range is desert, the other is forest.
Overlooking the city of Albuquerque, the Rio Grande River and distant extinct volcanos πŸŒ‹
If you like geology, this area has some interesting features.

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.

This was the perfect hike for the kids. It was 20-30 degrees cooler at the top of the mountain. This side of the mountain (opposite of tramway) is a ski resort but beautiful trails in the summer
Got to stay for a marvelous mountain sunset πŸŒ…

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:

✳️ Petroglyph National Monument

✳️ Valles Caldera National Preserve

✳️ Dinner: Green Chili Burgers πŸ”

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 πŸ’©πŸ’¨πŸ’¨πŸ’¨πŸ’¨πŸ’¨πŸ’¨πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

One comment

  1. Wow awesome! the views is extremely beautiful and the amazing mountains also is perfect for hiking, the weather is wonderful day! most of all the NM delicious yummy foods πŸ˜‹ looks like B and A they both happy for their outdoor activities you guys had a fantastic paradise vacation I love to see more! thank you for sharing! you guys the best! keeps warm and stay safe I love you guys always and I miss you all! until next surprising adventures pg. ❀️😘😘😘

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