Vacation Journal // Ski Santa Fe: Day 4

Sandia Peak views

Ah, the last of the trip: day 4.  At least the last full day we were in New Mexico.  I won’t bother telling you about day 5 which was just getting a mid-morning plane back to Nashville, then making the almost two hour drive back home.

Day 4, Thursday.  This day found us nowhere near Santa Fe and not skiing, but we did eventually end up in the mountains.  We didn’t get up as early as we had been, and a nice leisurely morning with nothing planned was nice.  We have to have at least one day like that on most of the trips that we take – it was a vacation after all!

We were dressed, we had eaten, and we were ready to do what we do on our free-day of vacation: shop.  We were shopping in Albuquerque and really only looking for one thing this day and it was Ethan who had the shopping list.  He wanted a pair of sunglasses, and we knew just the place to go.

ABQ shopping

ABQ Uptown opened up shortly after we moved away, but it’s a great shopping area for us to visit when we go back.  I don’t think there has been a single trip back that we have made without a stop here.  It was the only place we shopped on this day and the boy found just what he was looking for.  My guy and I on the other hand, we found not a thing.  That didn’t mean there was nothing we could have bought though.  We browsed the Apple Store, Anthropologie, Lululemon, J. Crew, The North Face, and of course the Sunglass Hut.  We only left with sunglasses and three bellies full of food.  While we were there we ate lunch at Marcello’s, and besides the service being a little on the slow side, the food was really good.

Now it was time to head up the mountain, but not the Santa Fe mountains, we were going on the tram up to Sandia Peak.

New Mexico tourism

sandia base elevation

Tram tickets

It’s about a fifteen minute ride to the top and you get to be on one of the longest aerial trams in the United States.  With this ride, I’ve been three times that I remember.  If I went on it as a child, I can’t recall.  We had a nice time.  The weather was great, no wind, and besides that fact that Ethan was starting to feel bad, we all enjoyed ourselves while taking in as much of the scenery as we could.

EJ on the tram

Sandia Peak Elevation

overlooking Albuquerque

We walked around and I took about 463 pictures (just a guess), and then we stopped at the mountain top restaurant for a couple of drinks.  By this time the boy was feeling even worse and I was only glad that he started coming down with something on the last day of the trip rather than right when we started our trip.

Overlooking the Edge

back mountain views

We got done with our drinks, I took a few hundred more pictures – it sure seemed like it anyway – and then we spied our ride down.

Sandia Peak Tramway

That was it.  Our day of being tourists in my hometown had come to an end – except for one more stop to get some black and white cookies before settling in for the night.  Ethan was feeling sick and we had a plane to catch the next day, so we kicked our feet up and enjoyed our last evening in New Mexico before heading back to Tennessee.

flight back home

I have another video about this day posted as well.  I really love the way this one came out and I love these types of small video clips.  I’m hoping by the end of the year to have another one to show for my 2016.  But for now, here is our afternoon on the tram.

*PS – It came to my attention that if you are reading this post through your email, you won’t see the video I have posted.  Is what you will need to do is click on the full post link at the bottom of the email, and go to this post on my actual site to see it.  Just FYI.

Thanks for reading, everyone!

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