I took a trip this past weekend to Albuquerque's Sandia Mountains, and let me tell you, if you haven't gone you're missing out. Off of Interstate 40, you can go to the top in your car by going thru a little town called Cedar Crest. It has a lot of cute restaurants and shops in case you're hungry or wanting a souvenir on your way back down. I think from coming off the Interstate, it took about an hour to get to the top, and a little less coming back down. It was a nice little detour, and it was definitely worth the trip. In retrospect, I wish I would have taken more
pictures on the trails and at the little, brick house at the edge of "the rind".
Also, for those who don't know, Sandia is Spanish for watermelon. The settlers named the mountains after the fruit, because the mountain is made up of beautiful pink granite. When the sun is just right, the granite glows in the light, and the trees below make up the rind. Thus deeming the formation, Sandia Mountains.