We decided to visit Sandia Peak while getting our new air conditioner installed

I have really enjoyed living in Albuquerque after years in the muggy swamps of the American southeast.

  • My inexperience with traveling made me assume that Albuquerque would be unbelievably hot like Arizona, but its high elevation above sea level as a city makes it much more milder by comparison.

You can also count on much drier air than what I experienced living in the swamp, where mold was a constant concern. Even though it was early November when I moved here, the temperatures were only dropping into the low 60s in the late afternoon and early evening. As it gets later at night, the temperatures can drop 15 to 20 degrees, but still stay above freezing. The humidity was at an amazing 18% compared to the 80% and up humidity living in the southeast. Although it gets colder in Albuquerque as the winter progresses, the lows in the middle of the night rarely get colder than 20 degrees fahrenheit, with many evenings being closer to 40 degrees. However, cold air is the last thing on my mind as we’re headed into summer here in Albuquerque. In fact, we just had our new air conditioner installed a few days ago. While the heating and cooling technicians were in our house, I took my family to Sandia Peak for the afternoon. There is a tramway that takes you to the top of the mountain and offers spectacular views of the city down below. You can see Cibola National Forest to the northwest if you’re looking down toward the city from the top of Sandia Peak. Once the air conditioning installation was complete, the technicians sent me a text and my family and I returned home.


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