Friday, July 06, 2007

Family, Fitness, Flora, Fauna, and Food

Majestically jutting out from the high desert of New Mexico is a true gem. Standing 10,678 feet above sea level, Sandia Peak is a must-see for travelers to this region.

For hikers and naturalists alike, Sandia is paradise. The world's longest tramway deposits you near the top where your journey may begin. (Although some choose to hike the 4,000 plus foot elevation from bottom to top.) The payoff...numerous ecosystems, varied flora and fauna, and views that cannot easily be topped. From moss that resembles an "old man's beard" to aspens and meadows sprinkled with wildflowers, birds (including hummingbirds!), bears (which eluded us this time), gorges, rock outcroppings, and boulders beautifully placed by nature, there is never a dull moment.

For the Ballas the perfect ending to any hike is a good meal. We were not disappointed as there is a restaurant up there (no kidding) called "High Finance." The food is outstanding and the views as you can imagine are spectacular.

Sandia is simply sensational.



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