Today we had a bit later start, with a bit of a sleep in, after breakfast we left our hotel to go to the Cupola National Forest, here in Albuquerque, and to the Sandia Peak Tram car 2 miles to the top of the mountain. A very popular place, there were people lined up for two hours just to get tickets, that? the beauty of being on an organised tour you just walk past the crowds and don’t have to stand in line for long at all. Each carriage holds 50 people and they do about 60 to 65 trips a day. It takes about fifteen minutes to get to the top, and is a very popular attraction giving you great views of Albuquerque and the surrounding area.
During the afternoon we relaxed in Old Town Square listening to all sorts of music from bands from around the area, it gave people who wanted to indulge in some shopping an opportunity to buy from all the local gift shops and stalls. It had a real market day atmosphere, there was lots of local artists selling all their wares, pottery, jewellery, paintings and more , a lot of the things for sale were handcrafted by the local Navaho Indians.
The World Hot Air Balloon Championships are being held at Albuquerque at the moment so there were plenty tourists in the area and a good crowd. They like their chillies here so there were plenty hanging in the streets and there was an abundance of cafes and food shops that were all very busy. The Balloons were unable to take off again today as there has been a bit of wind, so hopefully we may see them tomorrow before we leave.
Tonight we dined at St Clair Winery and enjoyed a delicious three course dinner before returning to our accommodation after another busy day.
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