If we had continued north, it would have taken us into Santa Fe again. If you have read the previous post, you know our feelings on that... "been there, done that, don't need to do it again". As soon as we realized we were past most of the mountains, we turned around and went back the way we came, except this time, we turned off at the Cibola National Forest sign. This is the starting point for the long, steep and winding drive to the top of the mountain.
|Entrance sign to Sandia Crest in Cibola National Forest.|
|The entrance to the restaurant and gift shop on Sandia Peak.|
|From Sandia Crest looking south toward the top of the tram on the next peak.|
|Sandia Peak viewpoint looking southwest.|
|Another view of Albuquerque, southwest from Sandia Peak.|
|Our lunch table at Sandia Peak restaurant.|
|Ed Helvey getting some video from the Sandia Peak restaurant balcony.|
|Looking east from Sandia Peak viewpoint, across the plaza.|
|The Sandia Peak Gift Shop was pretty large!|
|A piece of sculpture by a local artist outside the Sandi Peak restaurant and above the plaque below.|
|A plaque dedicated to the local sculptor who created the work above.|
|The restaurant and gift shop complex on top of Sandia Peak.|
The road to get up there is a well-maintained and paved road, but the higher you get, the tighter the turns become, and the steeper it seems to get. Even Ed's van was downshifting to second gear to get up many of the grades, so do not attempt to bring a large RV up here unless you know it has the engine and cooling capability to handle the task.
Friday, June 10th, we got a late start to our project of laundry at the very nice laundromat in Moriarty. I put a pork roast in the crock pot before we left, and upon our return, added potatoes, onions and carrots to it. Usually Ed and I contributed to the evening meals (unless we decided to forego that meal due to a late or over-sized lunch). Sometimes we just visited... other times we would watch a DVD movie. I have collected quite a stock of them.
On Saturday, Ed and I had breakfast at Denny's before he left just before noon for points farther west. Ed has been gracious enough to do most of the driving for sightseeing and errands while we have been here. I appreciate that. It is a much more practical and economical choice than using this RV at about 8 mpg to do our running around. Besides, we would have never been able to park this RV in some of the places we went! Ed went out of his way, and out of his wallet to not only pay for his site rent here, but also his fuel. The timing of our meeting here also caused him to forego some other stops that he had originally planned to make on his way here, as well as some that he would have gotten to after he left here. His sacrifice will forever be appreciated.
I stayed at the park we were in by myself for the next couple of days while I awaited Sharon's return on Tuesday. I had to pick her up at the airport and then we made our way to Texas... for as short a stay as we can possibly make it. The heat and humidity of the Midwest is gradually moving in, and since we are going to be boondocking most of the way there and back (means using the generator for air conditioning during the day, if not all night) we want to get out of there ASAP! We were hoping that all the flooding has run its course, and that we will have dry roads and "accommodations" there and back.
As it turns out, we took a full hook-up site for a week at a resort, just so we could run our air conditioner... and then it quit right before we got there! But we have an appointment on Wednesday to get it repaired and have new front shocks installed. Then we have about two and half days to take care of other vehicle business, or else we will be here a little longer!
Our first order of business was to use the on-site laundromat for three loads of clothes! This was the first opportunity to do laundry (for Sharon) since before she left for Alaska. Then they had free ice cream for Father's Day ($1 a bowl for others) at the Clubhouse. Surprisingly, there are lot of people here, even at this hot and muggy time of year. There are still many activities planned, among them line dancing and some limited square dancing, but it's too hot for those kinds of activities, when we don't have air conditioning here at "home"... yet. They do have a couple of free movies planned (also, free popcorn is included), though, so we may go sit quietly in "their" air conditioning for those!
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Stay well and travel safe.