Monday, July 5, 2010

Independence Day


Every year we say we are going to go up to the crest (top of Sandia Mountains - which is above 10,000 feet) to watch the fireworks. Because it is so high up you are able to see all the fireworks being set off in Albuquerque. We've been asked on several occasions whether we had gone up there yet during the 4th of July. Well, this year we finally did.

We packed the car with sleeping bags, beanies, hooded sweatshirts, warm jackets and headed out at nine o'clock. We stopped at the nearest gas station to grab a few drinks and then wound our way up the winding mountain road. I was getting a little worried because more cars were coming down then going up. I kept wondering if it was just too crowded up there, is there no room? Did we miss the show? - It just got dark!

We reached the top around 9:30, bundled ourselves up and blindly (it's dark remember and we didn't bring flashlights) walked our way up to the look out point. The cold wind whipped at our faces as we tried to make out fireworks from the mass of glowing city lights. Little Logan was none too happy. He didn't fuss or anything but you can just see he was miserable.

The way everyone talked about it, I had this great firework show in my head. Thousands of fireworks lighting the dark sky as we oooh and ahhh. Balloon Fiesta park always has a huge show every year, but even from that height (and all the other people) it was difficult to see. All in all it was pretty disappointing. We went back to the car and drove our way back down (we had been up there a total of 20 minutes.)

We discussed how next year, maybe we'll break down and head to Balloon Fiesta park; maybe get some sparklers for the kids to play with at home.

Either way, it was nice to have a little family outing.

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