Residence Inn Albuquerque
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We had a simple day planned (: Take the 2.7 mile tram to Sandia Peak and hike around the peak for a few hours and then take the tram back. Sounds easy, right? Mother Nature did not intend to allow us such trivial pleasures. About 20 minutes into our walk, in the bright sun of the day, rain began to fall. Hey, this is great, it's a warm day but not too warm as we are around 10,500 feet above sea level on top of Sandia ...
... a house! To give you a bit of perspective on the massive size of this crater - if you put 20 football fields in the center and around the rim had 2 million people viewing the games, that's how large this hole in the ground really is. It's hard to fathom when you are looking at it, and the photos just don't show the depth and width of this amazing place.
We are spending the day in Albuquerque, exploring some of the sights that the campground manager recommended.
We spent the morning at the Petroglyph National Monument. The monument is actually 17 miles of volcanic rock, along an escarpment. There are marked trails through the rocks at various canyons and the petroglyphs are scattered here and there. The petroglyphs were created about 700 years ago by the Pueblo Indians and ...
... with many water bottles. The sign at the start of the trail warned us about the dangers of heat exhaustion and dehydration, but we felt prepared for the 3-mile round trip hike. At the start of the hike, we walked over a bridge that crossed a small shallow stream. The view here was really pretty,with tall grasses growing on the banks and in the stream. We saw a couple dragonflies hovering over the water as we walked by. The trail then led past ...
... were no staff nor patrons, luckily though were tried the door and they were open. After eating inside we walked back in the freezing cold to settle in for the night knowing we had another big drive tomorrow, we need to make Monument Value by 4:30pm for a booked tour, so the plan is to leave by 7:30am. We have gained another hour also which means we will get a good nights sleep, hoping it won't be too cold in the RV. It did get very cold down to about 3 degrees.