We arrived at the American RV Park on the west side of Albuquerque last Saturday. Its an OK campground, except for 2 things ...first, the goathead thorns that we keep stepping on and second, the asphalt roads will be very nice once the resurfacing with stinky tar is finished.
|Belle all settled in at American RV Park|
With those things out of the way...it was time to explore. A trip into Old Town was at the top of my list. Old Town is the historic district in Albuquerque dating back to 1706 when the Spanish founded the city.
We were starving...yummy smells of Mexican food filled the air so we stopped at the first place we saw...Hacienda del Rio. We both LOVE Mexican food. And we were not disappointed.
We chose to eat outside. Guacamole came first with corn chips and red and green chili sauce. Best guacamole (made in house) we have ever eaten!
We enjoyed stuffed flat bread with beef, smothered in red chili sauce with lettuce, tomatoes and cheese. A feast!
After lunch, we took a leisurely stroll. Old Town is about 10 blocks of historic adobe buildings grouped around a central plaza.
Peppers are hanging to dry everywhere.
I bought 3 hats!
This morning it was back to nature and it sure felt good! For our first hike we picked the Pino Trail. Its about a 4 mile hike one way to the Crest Trail.
Its a moderate hike on a well maintained trail. It is big climb up... elevation gain is 3341 feet. Some parts were very steep, but mostly it was just a steady climb.
The first mile or so from the parking lot, the trail wanders thru a high desert canyon. It connects the stark cactus...
...to the Sandia Mountain Wilderness and beauty of the fir highlands.
We enjoyed beautiful views of the Sandia Mountains. The core of the range consists of granite approximately 1.5 billion years old. The highest point is Sandia Crest at 10,678 feet.
Once in the wilderness area, the trail was mostly shady...nice!
There were many views of Albuquerque...
Look very close at the white spot just to the right of the center of the picture... (if you click on the picture it will enlarge the photo)
a close up...its the Sandia Peak Tramway.
This was a wonderful hike...we both highly recommend it.
Life is good!
I forgot to mention we stopped by PetSmart too.
Until next time..
take care and enjoy the view!