# 14 Albuquerque High

Being in a metropolitan city surrounded by the beautiful  Sandia Mountains soaring almost 10,000′ in elevation, and with  Albuquerque itself at about 5600′ is defiantly a recipe for breathtaking views.  Regardless of how windy it can get this time of year. It is constantly having us saying look at this, look at that. I will not even try to go into explaining the history we have come to know. We will leave that to you and Google, or even better yet Southwest Airlines.  Now top it off with how ABQ has parlayed Historic Route 66 into the mix and they have our completed attention.

OK back to this wind thing, so we dodged most of the snow and made it out of Lubbock, however we notice the wind increasingly picking up like crazy in Fort Sumner, NM. We stopped to check and make sure “Billy The Kid” was still in his grave. Pam and I looked at each other…yep, done… were out of here.

Heading north up the highway to Sana Rosa the wind wearing me out broadsiding the van. A poor 18 wheeler in front of me is all over the place trying to keep it between the lines. We are talking 30-40 mile sustained winds for 80 miles while climbing up in elevation. Well as if that was not fun enough we made it to I-40 that was just reopened 2 hours earlier from the storm. Now we are heading on into 50 mile winds straight on. Now as we all know this is nothing new to this area, but it is all new to us at this level. Anyway 115 miles later we are at our new home for the week, and the wind is pretty much done and back to normal for the most part. It appears this is a cycle repeated every spring but hey, don’t worry about us starting to shake every time the fan kicks in. Now that we have seen how beautiful things are we are past it and kind of use to it.

As I write this the weather guys is calling for 55 MPH winds today.

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