Sandia Peak Drive & Hike

What a beautiful day it was for a drive and hike in the Sandia Mountains.

In the summer the Sandia’s are perfect for hiking, climbing, biking, or just going on a picnic.  Hang gliding and paragliding are also popular.  At the end of this blog  I’ve added a Youtube video of a dad and his 4 year old daughter hang gliding off the Sandia Crest.  It is a beautiful video that I think you will enjoy.

The top at Sandia Crest

You can see both sides of the mountain from the top.  From here you can see Santa Fe and Albuquerque.

In the picture below is the east side of the mountain, the side of the mountain that we live on.

The radio towers are on the right here.  I don’t know why I didn’t get a picture of them.  In the video below you can see the towers in the background.

The Sandia Crest House Gift Shop & Restaurant is here also.  The gift shop and restaurant are worth the drive up.

The Elevation is 10678 feet

Hiking the Crest

Rainey trying to give me a heart attack being so close to the edge

Views of the west side, the Albuquerque side

My favorite pic

It was a wonderful day and I can’t wait until the weather is nice enough to go again.

Here is the video I told you about.  Check out the background when you are watching it.  The towers you see in the picture are at the crest of the mountain where the parking lot and gift shop is.

A very cool video!

Cat In The Window

I took these pictures of Catcher when we lived in Gallup, NM.  At the time we also had another cat and dog that we rescued from animal shelters.  Catcher didn’t live at our house at first.  He lived across the street at my neighbors house.  My neighbor loved our cat so much that she wanted to adopt a cat for her boys.  The cat she adopted started spending more and more time at our house.  I found out later that the boys were terrorizing him.  I was selling Avon at the time and my neighbor was one of my best customers. One day she came to me and asked me if I wanted Catcher.  She said that all of his shots were up to date and that she would trade him for eight shampoos.  Eight shampoos for my Catcher…what a deal! He has been such a wonderful part of our family ever since.

He loved sitting in that window watching the birds. You can’t see it in the picture but there is a bird feeder right behind him with about 5 inches of snow on top of it.

Catcher lives in Arizona now with my kids and grand kids.  He’s such a good kitty…he likes bringing them mice and gophers as presents 🙂