4/17/15 Friday in Tijeras,NM (Hidden Valley-ROD)
Last night we decided to not drop our levelers since the hard ground is so level where we are. We put out the slides as soon as the wind calmed down. Ah, the space is nice. John remembered to unhook our hose from the city water and bring the filters inside.
Just as predicted it got very cold last night, in the 30’s if not the 20’s. We didn’t sleep well, so slept in until 8:30. We still managed to get through our usual routine. While John watched his TV shows I worked on the blog and did a load of laundry. John packed our lunches. We were on our way to the Turquoise Trail. It’s a road along which various mines brought turquoise. As it turned out, we soon left that trail to drive up to the Sandia Crest, at the top of Sandia Mountain (10,600 ft). Sandia is Spanish for Watermelon, named thus because of the colors on the mountain at sunset. It was really cold and windy up there with amazing views. We browsed in the gift shop (I got a T shirt with the Kokopelli figure), then braved the winds at the top to see the mountain ranges nearby and Albuquerque, in the Rio Grande Valley
We had our lunch in the warm car, then struck off on a short nature trail that went along the crest for a bit, then in a forested area.
On our way back, we stopped at “Tinkertown Museum”. A friend had recommended it-a delightful small town along with whimsical collections, carvings and signs created by Ross Ward.
Ross Ward had Alzheimer’s when he was 57. He died at 62. His wife helped him divert his energies into creating an “Art Car” out of his car, to distract him from trying to drive it.
This was a wealth of visual delights, well worth the $3/senior-62 price of admission.
When we got home I dove into cleaning house while John got caught up with his taped TV shows and “Emergency”. Big, fun, cold day.