The Sandia Mountains are pink at dusk. The setting western sun turns them the color of watermelons, for which they were named by indigenous Indians thousands of years ago.

Sandia’s peaks were thrust up in the last ten million years during the formation of the Rio Grande Rift and they form Albuquerque’s city limits on its east side. The rock core of this range consists of granite, approximately 1.5 billion years.

Sandia Cave, an archeological site discovered in the 1930’s, shows evidence of human use from 9000 to 11,000 years ago. Those people would never have been able to dream of a tram ride from their front door to the mesas below where they hunted.

We took the tram up today and Joan waves at me from a platform at the top of the watermelon mountain.

When people visit Albuquerque, there are sights to see, things to do.

She is a good traveler.

Her feet are on the ground even if we are two miles into the sky.

 

 

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