A Day in Albuquerque

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October 24th 2012
Published: October 24th 2012
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Some of the produce that is in season in the fall
We started our day out by going out for a power walk around the residential area. Great exercise, but not very exciting neighborhoods. We are in the Historical District....which of course means old. The weather was fabulous all day. A coolness in the morning, but we were able to wear t-shirts for our walk. We have heard that it is an unseasonably warm fall. It was mid-70's again.

We headed out to the historical district which was five minutes from our hotel. There was a small park in the center and a church. Unfortunately most of this part of town is very touristy. Lots of what we call tacky tourist stores with lots of high priced turquoise that is very commercial. We walked the area long enough to enjoy the local architecture and a bit of the local art before heading out on our own. We headed down Central Street where we found two great shops selling old, affordable Native American jewelry. FUN! After a bit of shopping, we asked one of the store owners for a recommendation for lunch. He sent us up a few short blocks to Duran's which was a small Mexican food cafe in the back

Fall Pumpkins....I really should have photographed the farmer as well:)
of a pharmacy. Very good food. We enjoyed tacos and whole pinto beans with fire cracker salsa and a mild red chili sauce....loved it.

We headed back to our hotel to get our car as we wanted to go to a Farmer's Market that I found online. It was about 15 minutes driving from the hotel in the opposite direction and in a small community on the other end of town. We enjoyed a productive market with colorful peppers, pumpkins and great apples. We purchased two Cameo apples that were fresh, juicy and crispy and some Irish cheddar cheese to go along with them. We are saving them for our road trip tomorrow.

After leaving the Farmer's Market, we had our highlight of the day. We drove 10 minutes further and took a ride up the mountains on the Sandia Peak Tramway. We had a fun experience on a large gondola that could hold 50 people. The views were amazing and the ride rather exciting. Once at the top we were cold! This was the first time we have felt cold since leaving the NW. Thank goodness we had our jackets. We spent time in the Visitor Center
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Various varieties of squash
and walked around snapping photos. The views were amazing as one would imagine being that high up. This is a big ski resort in the winter time and is located in the Cibola National Forest. They also have an upscale restaurant at the top. We ate lunch late so were not really hungry. We did go in, have a drink and enjoyed the view before taking a tram down about 7:30pm just after a beautiful sunset. What a lovely day.

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Cibola National Forest

Entrance into Cibola National Forest as we were going up in the Tramcar.
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Mountain Views

You can see the wire that held our tramcar....I didn't think to get a photo of the tramcar:(
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Us at the top

Paul and I at the top of Sandia Peak
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Mountain Views

Views from our tramcar
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Views from our tramcar
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After sunset

The view after sunset was spectacular!

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