Monday, July 7, 2008

Vacation 2008: Day 3 & 4

Day 3 started early for us...especially Brian. He drove my aunt, uncle and their granddaughter to the airport at 7:00 that morning while I got us all packed up. Once he got back to the house we loaded up and headed to Santa Fe.


We spent the morning and afternoon in Santa Fe. It was about a 45 minute drive from my aunt's house. We walked around downtown historic Santa Fe and visited some of the churches. We visited Loretto Chapel where the Miraculous Staircase is located. It is said that the staircase was built by St. Joseph. The staircase is truly amazing in its design and structure. It has no supports holding it up.





Then we returned to Albuquerque and checked into our hotel ( it was 1/2 a mile from the airport and we had an early flight Fri. a.m.)


After a little rest we headed to the base of the mountain..on the west side. There you find the world's longest Tramway. We ate dinner at Sandiago's Mexican Grill at the base of the mountain then took the Tram to the top. It was built 1964-66 and cost $2 million to build. It is 2. 7 miles long and has a vertical rise of 3, 819 feet. There are 2 towers and due to the location of the 2nd tower, it was built entirely by use of helicopters. It really is an amazing ride up the mountain.


Sunset up there was AMAZING!! Here are pictures from the day.





The Miraculous Staircase


(notice there is nothing holding it up)





Inside Loretto Chapel





This states that this building is the Oldest House in the U.S.



Built around 1646. Below is Brian standing by the door.




This is one of the Tram cars






Vacation was truly great. Relaxing and fun. We were very blessed to get away for a few days. Hope you enjoyed seeing all of our pictures.


Oh and here is Day 4. We were up early for our 7:00 a.m. flight. So this is the only picture of the day! Ha!

3 comments:

Walt and Sarah. said...

So pretty!

You got all these up so fast!

You look like it's early for the flight in that last picture! I can relate!

Amy E. said...

It was early for that flight. We got up at 5:00. and were at the airport by 6:00. Yeah I went easy on the makeup at 5:00 a.m.! Ha

Nancy said...

Beautiful pictures and I've heard of that staircase. It is absolutely beautiful!
What fun!
Nancy

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