The Weekend In Pictures

Sep 12, 2010 Leave a Comment

This weekend, the weekend before the death march, I decided to relax by climbing to the top of a mountain.

Ok, I didn't actually climb it.  I took the tram.  Albuquerque has the longest tramway in the world.  It was built by the Swiss (so it has to be good) and goes all the way up to the top of the Sandia Mountains.   Pretty cool, huh?

The most amazing part about being on the top of the Sandias is that you're in the wilderness (aka no road access) but you can see the city at the same time.  It's wild.

We stayed up there pretty much all day just enjoying the scenery and taking pictures.

I told Matt to smile in subsequent pictures but this one had the best background scenery

Afterward, we went back down on the tram and had dinner at Sandiago's, which is just at the bottom of the tram.  It's amazing.  I didn't take any pictures because we were really hungry, apparently, and ate everything as soon as it was put down in front of us.  We had Mahi Mahi and cilantro pesto shrimp.  MMMMMM!!!

And today, there was nothing more to do than relax on the patio with strawberries and a glass of champagne.  

I got the glasses last weekend when I went to the New Mexico Wine Festival with some co-workers.  That was pretty interesting too.  Lots of free samples from wine vendors all over the state.  Plus, I got to take the railrunner, which was cool, minus the SCREAMING child the entire way.  

I guess that's enough relaxing.  Time to get ready for the wilderness. 


  • carma said:  

    well, that is all mighty nice - we visited Albuquerque but it was just for 1/2 a day. Did not get to go on the tram, but we did stop by the zoo

  • Maureen said:  

    Oh, I like the zoo too! I haven't been there in a while, though. It might be time to go back...

  • Chloe said:  

    Oh, it's beautiful!
    Why is it called Sandia Mountains? Sandia means watermelon in Spanish... Do those mountains have anything to do with watermelons?
    And was Matt angry or just cold or/and tired?
    Yes, these are a lot of questions... sorry!

  • Maureen said:  

    Yep, yep! They're called Sandias because of a mineral that they are made up of called feldspar. It's pink and when the sunset reflects off of them in the evening the whole mountain turns a bright red/pink color. Like a watermelon. The mountains to the south are called Manzanos for the same reason. Apparently the Spanish settlers liked fruit. Hehe.

    He wasn't angry or anything like that. I'm pretty sure he thinks he looks cool that way :)

  • Chloe said:  

    Ha! I think they (Spanish settlers) were hungry! haha
    Yeah, MJ also makes strange faces and ruins every picture (although he thinks it's funny!)... Boys.

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