Road trips are awesome. Throw in some great friends, and it makes for a mighty fine weekend. Albuquerque is about a four hour drive from Amarillo. There’s a whole lot of nature out there (a pessimist might call it “nothing”), but there are some pretty rockin’ travel stops along I-40 in this part of the country. My travel companions and I wanted to take a short break, so we rolled up into Russell’s Truck and Travel Center simply because it was there and we wanted to stop. We were pleasantly surprised. It features a really cool (and free) car museum that also includes a large amount of Americana on display. Russell’s also sports an impressive-looking diner.
The primary purpose for the trip was to see a concert. We were only in Albuquerque for a couple of nights, and I’ve been told that you can’t even scratch the city’s surface in that amount of time. But on our last morning, we paid a visit to the Sandia Peak Tramway.
It takes about 15 minutes to get from the bottom to the top. Heights terrify me, and dangling 1,000 feet above the bottom of a mountain canyon is never at the top of my list of things to do. Just remembering the experience makes me a bit woozy. But it’s the world’s longest tramway, and I needed to experience that. Once I was back on solid (yet much higher) ground, I was treated to impressive views of Albuquerque beneath me and mountains in the distance, some as far away as 200 miles.
Once you get to the top, there’s a ski lift on the other side of the peak. There are also hiking trails and a restaurant.
While returning to the base of the mountain, I tried to maintain my composure long enough to snap a photo of the ascending cable car as it passed by. Once the two cars meet, you’re about halfway through the ride.