New Mexico - Land of Enchantment
I've included these pictures for you as well, especially if you have never visited New Mexico. This will give you a flavor of the landscape and some really spectacular views.
Click on the thumbnail photos to see enlarged views of each picture.
This is Navajo Lake (pronounced NAV-A-HOE) in Northern New Mexico near the Colorado boarder. The lake was very low as there has been a drought for quite awhile. In the photo you can see Rita looking at the rock dam and can even tell from the water marks where the water level should be normally.
Don't we just LOVE panoramics. This is a close-up shot of the lake.
Totally different now, we are on the top of the Sandia Mountains, which is 10,768' above sea level. There are two points on the Sandias - one you can get to by cable car (the tram), which starts down in Albuquerque and goes two miles up to the Crest (which is 1.5 miles from this location), where you can dine at the High Finance Restaurant or ski down the opposite slope. This location can be accessed by either hiking from the tram, or driving your car up to this point - which is a 14 mile drive from the back of the mountain to the top.
From the same point, this is looking down over the a portion of Albuquerque.
Same view as before, but this is a wider panoramic that captures the viewing platform where Rick's family is freezing. The winds get pretty fast and cold at this altitude. There's a sign near the platform that says the views from this location span 15,000 square miles.
Another panoramic that captures more of the city of Albuquerque.
This is a photo taken from the same spot as the others above, but instead of looking West toward Albuquerque, this is looking East toward ... well, toward nothing.
A wide panoramic of the parking lot. Actually, it's the same view as the photo above, just a wider angle of the East side of the Sandia Mountains.
And this photo doesn't really have anything to do with anything, but I threw it in just the same. This is a panoramic of the Seal attraction at the Rio Grande Zoo in Albuquerque. If you ever get a chance, the Zoo is a great place to spend the day. The only problem tourists have is the animals only speak Spanish.
This is a shot of driving out to Edgewood, NM, which is on the East side of the Sandia Mountains (Albuquerque sits on the West side).
This photo is of the snow on the East mountains.