Joe & Emily travel blog

Sign near entrance to cathedral

St. Francis Cathedral

Statute of Indian Saint

Chapel inside St. Francis

Chapel sign

Balcony and window of cathedral

Altar

Cathedral entrance doors

Buildings around Sante Fe Plaza

Buildings around Sante Fe Plaza

Merchants around Sante Fe Plaza

Buildings around Sante Fe Plaza

Joe & Milli relaxing in plaza

View of plaza & merchants

Some shops surrounding plaze

Sandia Tramway Car Approaching

View of the way Up

View of approaching car & Albuquerque below

Approaching car & mountains

Peak Welcome Sign

Emily the Mountain Climber

Albuquerque from top

Albuquerque from top

Mountains to the south

High Priced High Finance Restaurant at top

Happy Thanksgiving! & Thanks for visiting our site.


Week four here in Albuquerque has been busy for us. With plans to move south on Monday, November 28th, we still had places to go, people to see, things to do. We started the week with a trip to NM's capitol, Santa Fe (Holy Faith). Like Albuquerque's Old Town, Santa Fe has a lovely downtown plaza, surrounded by shops and restaurants. It is almost too quaint for words. No wonder it is one of the most visited cities in the country. We photographed the stone marker in the plaza commemorating the end of the Santa Fe Trail, but bad lighting made it too poor to display or print. After we visited the beautiful St. Francis Cathedral, Emily toured the Georgia O'Keefe museum, while Joe and Milli sat in the Plaza soaking up the sunshine. Before leaving the city, Emily purchased a pair of turquoise and silver earrings from one of the Plaza artists. Native American legends about turquoise warding off evil spirits may have influenced her purchase.

Wednesday, we made the trek to the base of the Sandia Mountains to our east where we boarded a tramcar for the trip to the top of the mountain. The 2.7-mile tramway is the longest in the world and the trip up (from 6,559 to 10,378 feet) takes about 15 minutes. The views on the way up and at the top were breathtaking (in more ways than one). It felt like we were at the top of the world. The sunset and Albuquerque's twinkling lights far below were beautiful. Before boarding the car for the return trip, we had dinner at the High Finance restaurant, where we again had a great view of Albuquerque.

We enjoyed Thanksgiving dinner at the Mountain View Club on base. Although we dearly missed visiting with family and friends during this traditional family holiday, we had a very good meal and didn't have to clean-up or help with the dishes!

The nights are getting cold (in the upper 20s) and windy and it is, sadly, time to say farewell to a city that has seemed almost like "home" to us. Even though we have spent a month here, there is so much more to see and do (and eat). Tomorrow, (Monday, Nov. 28) we head for Holloman AFB, which is about 300 miles south and just outside Alamogordo, NM. The weather there is about 10 degrees warmer and probably a lot less windy. Tune in again for our next report!



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