2017, Route 66 Journey

09.21.17 Musical Highway, Sandia Peak Tramway in Albuquerque, NM

Thursday, September 21, 2017 – Tuesday we set out to experience the Musical Highway, ride the Sandia Peak Tramway and enjoy dinner at the 66 Diner, all in Albuquerque NM which is just a few miles west of where we are staying in Tijera, NM!

The idea of a “Musical Highway” was something we’d never heard of.  Then to have it so close to us that we could actually ride along it and hear “America the Beautiful” was so super cool we had to do it.   It’s a small stretch of road on a part of Route 66.  There are three signs that let you know where it starts.   This is what the road looks like that you go over to make the music play.

This video explains it and lets you hear it!  Check it out!

From there we headed to the Sandia Peak Tramway.  A trip on the tramway transports you above deep canyons and breathtaking terrain a distance of 2.7 miles.  From the observation deck atop 10,378 foot Sandia Peak in the Cibola National Forest affords an 11,000 square-mile panoramic view of the Rio Grande Valley and the Land of Enchantment.  The cost is $20 per person and it was well worth it.

The photos below are in order of how we saw each part of the mountain on our way up, at the top, and on our way down.

When we reached the top the winds were blowing sooooo hard it sounded pretty scary.  They have to shut down the tram when winds reach 45 mph.  It was at 40 mph so it was very close.  I took a video so you could hear the sound the winds made at the top.

Looking down into one of the canyons Going up the mountain was very quiet.  The strong winds started as we got nearer the top.  I took this video to give you some idea of what it was like!

We learned that in order to do emergency maintenance while the tram is either going up or down a maintenance person has to ride on top (outside) the tram to get there.  In addition to the maintenance people, the tour people who are on the tram with you had to pass being able to get on top and ride up and down.  Oh my goodness, they had best be paid well!

  I was pretty out of breath and couldn’t do some of the adventuring that Roy did so I waited for him at the top of the steps which lead to the ski area.

The ski lift area is of course closed when there is no snow.

Drinking a lot of water or gatorade when at high elevations helps a lot to not have altitude sickness.     Going back down the mountain.  These photos were taken from the opposite side of the tram and from the rear.   We’ve ridden on trams before but they were not this high and a lot less rocks/mountains were seen.  This was very special and I got to leave two of my rocks there!

We went to eat at the 66 Diner on Route 66 in Albuquerque for dinner after this but adding that experience to all this might have you on photo overload so it’s going to be in the next blog post!

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