Thursday, August 19, 2010

Aug 19, 2010 - Albuquerque, New Mexico

Today we are just west of Albequerque, New Mexico at Enchanted Trails RV Park which is on historic Route 66. We are waiting for the CRV Battery to charge as it was dead this morning from the key being left in all night. We came in late last night in the dark and in the flurry to find a spot, register and hook up we forgot about removing the key. It should be done charging though in about 5 minutes and we'll be on our way today.

Today's Agenda:
- Sandia Tram -- the longest aerial tram in the world at 2.3 miles up from 6000 ft to 10,000+ feet at the top of Sandia Mountain which is east of Albequerque.
- a Visit to the Nuclear National Museum
- a trip to Walmart for supplies
- a stop at Camping World (which is just next door -- I already walked there early this morning)

Yesterday was a long day as we travelled from Williams, Arizona to New Mexico. It's a 7 1/2 hour drive and we left at 7:30am but we didn't get here until 8pm. We made a few stops along the way and each was fun:

-at 9am we stopped at Meteor Crater. It's awesome to think a 150 ft meteor created a 4000 ft wide / 500 ft deep hole in the ground. We all touched a piece of this meteor which they think came from the Jupiter/Mars asteroid belt. As Sophie says "I touched a rock from outer space!".
-at 11am we stopped at Winslow, Arizona. There really was a girl in a flat bed Ford and we all took pictures on the corner. We had lunch there at Bojo's Diner -- great food!
-at 1pm we stopped at Petrified Forest National Park. Petrified wood comes from the Triassic Period -- 250 million years ago! It is formed as logs decayed in swamps , covered by silt and ash and the cellulose is replaced cell by cell by quartz crystals. As the continent was upheaved from sea level to current 5000+ ft altitude and erosion occurred , the wood was revealed for us to see.

What an amazing day. We touched a rock that came from outer space and we touched wood that is 250 million years old.

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