When I finished the last update we had made it to Los Alamos last Sat. night. Sun. am, I started with a 4 mile run which looked something like this... ( see pics above) After the run, we toured White Rock with a great Overlook area, and Bandelier where we took a short hike with a Ranger who gave us some information about the ancestral Pueblo people. On the way to Bandelier we encountered some bikers who were in the middle of the Tour de Alamos bike race.
Then we headed back to Los Alamos to explore some of the museums and to learn more about the Manhatten Project. It was interesting to learn how the scientist and their families lived in total isolation and secrecy during this time. Today over 8000 people are still employed at the Los Alamos National Laboratory and you have to wonder what they are working on now.
Next we headed to the Jemez Mountain National Scenic Byway. The Valles Caldera was one of my favorite parts of the trip. Interesting - they had a marathon a couple of weeks before our trip. Maybe one day I will make it back to explore the area on foot.
If you look real close at the pic on the right, you may see a deer or maybe a baby elk??? My eyes are not that good (ha ha)
"hallelujer" (as Madea would say) Fabulous! Each year, Linde and I usually have a word or a phase that we repeat, like a million times, on the trip. This year it was "FABULOUS!"
Fry Bread - Yummo!
The next stop was Albuquerque. My favorite part of ABQ was my running and Sandia Peak area.
Last Monday, I ran 7 miles on the trail at the Rio Valley State Park. The trail runs along the Rio Grande River.
Cottonwood trees line
much of the trail.
Sat. we rode around the Sandia Crest area and toured Tinker Town. Sat. evening we rode up the Sandia Crest Tram to see the sunset. This is the world's longest tram - a little scary.
Tues. was my last morning to run in dry air, so Linde and Mom were generous enough to drop me off at the trail that runs along Tramway Blvd. I ran 9 miles and they went to breakfast.
After the run, we packed and started the long journey home. When we made it back to Atlanta, I lucked out because Delta had overbooked the flight, and they needed a volunteer to stay in Atlanta and in return they offered overnight accommodations, food vouchers, and a $300.00 voucher for my next flight. Sweet - ready for our trip next year!
So this week, with the vacation, I managed to get 34 miles of running, 4 miles of walking, and some stretching and yoga poses.