I should have spent more time acclimating myself to Albuquerque’s high elevation before getting even higher myself
The first time I ever saw mountains was driving through the foothills of the Appalacians during a trip from FL to Michigan. I remember staring out the car window at several years outdated with total awe plus wonder at what I was seeing. Other than the visual splendor, I remember that my ears were popping a lot appreciate they did when I first got on an airplane a few years later. Although this area of the Appalacians by the Smoky Mountains isn’t as high of elevation as the CO Rockies, it was a immense change coming from FL where my lake house was only 10 feet above sea level. But none of this minimal car travel could prepare me for my week-long trip to Albuquerque. My buddy Johnny from university invited me to stay with him plus his girlfriend while touring the area. This was my first trip west of ArKansas plus I was excited to see the modern geographical areas I had study about since childhood. However, getting above 5,000 feet above sea level in an actual neighborhood instead of an airplane took some time to get used to, especially while using cannabis. I should have spent more time acclimating myself to Albuquerque’s high elevation before getting even higher myself. Every one of us stopped at a dispensary in North Valley plus took Alameda Blvd plus a few other roads until the people I was with and I arrived at Cibola National Forest. Every one of us discussed taking the Sandia Peak Tramway, however the planned trip never came to fruition. Regardless of my problems with the elevation, I loved Albuquerque during my short stay.