Day #190: Edgar Winter Group – “Free Ride”
The Sandia Mountains are so high and so jagged that it makes the landing at the Albuquerque International Sunport tricky for the pilots, and a queasy event for the passengers. You can take a tram ride up to its crest. It’s something like 47 tons of wiring stretched over a mile and a half, making the Sandia Peak Tramway the third largest span in the world. That’s a pretty grand welcome for us newcomers. New Mexico is the fifth largest state in size, but something like 36th in population, and when you look out, you can see so much of that bare horizon we’ve only seen in really old paintings.
“If you would have come earlier,” the tram operator told us as we were about halfway to the top, “you would have seen the mountain climbers going up the granite face there.” Telling me the number of feet a person climbs doesn’t really register. But, now that I have actually been at that height myself (and higher), I can confidently say… god, climbers are a crazy species.