Albuquerque

Trip Start Jul 22, 2008
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Trip End Aug 06, 2008


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Monday, August 4, 2008

In Albuquerque, the kids chose to stay in the room in the evening, and asked us to bring them back something. I think that they needed a break from family time. Christian spent the evening talking to the girlfriend, making up for lost 'no-service' time. Bethany spent her time on the internet. I and Jose went over to Old Town. We could have walked from where we stayed, but my sore feet just couldn't take it. It was just starting to get dark, and they had a good band playing in the plaza square. There were several gift shops with the same Indian stuff we bought on the reservation for 5x as much. We had dinner at a Mexican place that neither one of us ended up liking. The kids were much happier with their Mcdonald's. The next morning, we were off to Sandia Peak Tramway. On the drive, right alongside the road, we saw a prarie dog colony. They are so fun to watch! At the tram parking lot, we saw a family of quail, they're pretty cool too. The Sandia Peak tram is the longest ariel tram in the world, at 2+ miles. It was just amazing, climbing up over the tops of the craggy mountains, and looking out over the city. You could see for miles and miles. At the top of the mountain it was 60 degrees, with a nice breeze blowing, and fresh fresh air. At the top, you could see views all 360 degrees. One side looks out to Albuquerque, and the other, Santa Fe. On the Santa Fe side they have a ski slope. They have the ski lift going round trip, and Bethany really wanted to do this. It was also really nice. It was so high, it took 1 hour round trip. While we were on the ski lift, Christian started making elk calls. He had all they people getting out their cameras, and looking into the woods. We went down and back up, then went back down the tram. We were then off towards Amarillo. We stopped for lunch at Cline's Corner NM, out in the middle of nowhere, a route 66 throw back, with a huge gift shop. Back in the car, and on to Amarillo. There's a whole lot of nothing out here. Drove by a wind farm, with lots of big windmills. Also drove by the Cadillac Ranch. Bethany spotted it. I can't believe that guy gets so much press for having a few junk cars stuck in the ground. Got to Amarillo about 7:30pm. Got subs and ate dinner in room (too tired for anything else).
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