Thursday, December 10, 2009
I'm in Albuquerque tonight...in a little more than an hour, one of my dearest friends is arriving at the airport for a one week visit. We haven't seen each other in several years and I am so excited I can barely stand it.
Driving isn't something I enjoy very much, especially in winter. Today was one of those gorgeous days when the roads were clear and you could study the colors in the sky and the snow caps on the mountains. One thing about road time is that it's good thinking time for me...I'm a captive audience and I can't bounce around distracting myself. One of the things I was laughing about today was how I thought moving to NM was going to be "country life" and driving would be slow (my favorite) and carefree. Little did I know what awaited me! Country roads: the yellow line appears to be used for centering your vehicle. Interstate: speed limit is 75 mph, which, if you drive it, puts you in the slow lane as a pokey. Another New Mexico favorite: driving along at the speed limit of 65 mph and suddenly, about 20 yards before a dip in the road, there's a 45 mph sign to keep you from bottoming out. SURE.
I don't know much about Albuquerque except the great international food market and the airport. I visited their visitor site and found these photos to share...one of the tram up to the top of the Sandia Mountains that hover directly over town, and another of the church on their historic plaza. Guess I should be a tourist sometime and come down and poke around.