Saturday, June 14, 2008

Day 12 - Albuquerque, NM

It is so hard to believe that we have already been on the road for 12 days! In just one more week, we'll be back on the East Coast and in MD! Today we spent the day in Albuquerque, NM visiting with Craig's brother, Mark and his fiance, Mindy. They have been so gracious allowing us to invade their house and use their washer & dryer! The girls have loved hanging out with their Uncle Mark & Aunt Mindy and I know we will have a hard time saying goodbye tomorrow! But, we'll be back in two short weeks for their wedding!!

We started our day with a tram ride up to Sandia Peak to have lunch at High Finance - the two mile high restaurant. The tram ride was really fun and Kylie loved looking out the window as we rose higher & higher up the mountain. We saw some fantastic views on the way up and once we got up to the top. Lunch was delicious and it was hard to leave, but we rode the tram back down the mountain to continue our day in Albuquerque.

The Sandia Peak Tramway

View from the Tram heading up the mountain.

What a view!!

Daddy & Kylie looking at Albuquerque from the top of Sandia.

Our family at the top of Sandia.

Uncle Mark & Aunt Mindy - you guys are the best! We love you!!!

Once back down on the ground, we headed to Old Town Albuquerque to do some sightseeing and shopping! It was a hot day, but it felt great to get out and walk around and stop in some of the cool shops in the plaza. We bought some great souvenirs and even got to enjoy some Mariachi music from a band playing in the middle of the plaza! Definitely made for a great day!!

Mariachi Band treating everyone to some great music!

St. Felipe de Neri Catholic Church in Old Town Albuquerque, NM

A carving of Our Lady of Guadalupe in a tree behind St. Felipe de Neri Church. Our Lady of Guadalupe is the patron saint of Albuquerque and when this was carved in the tree, they believed that the tree would die. However, remarkably, the tree has thrived for the past 20 years since the carving!

Sadly, our time in Albuquerque ends tomorrow and we are headed to Oklahoma City, OK. We're in for a LONG day of driving, but we're starting out early and hopefully, we won't get in too late. Not sure if there will be pictures tomorrow or not, but check back and find out! Till then.... ~The Thayers & Mom-Mom :)

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