Arriving in Albuquerque around 4PM, we picked up our rental car and headed towards Santa Fe, even though we knew we wouldn’t have enough time to take in every sight. Because time was limited, I was tempted to skip the 10 mile diversion up to the top of Sandia Crest. Once again Nathan had the right idea, and insisted that we head up. We took the winding road to the park, paid our fee, and walked over to the almost 11000 foot summit. EVERYTHING was perfect. The lighting, the view, the dark clouds on the horizon, the wildflowers sprinkled about. We spent a fair amount of time there. (Which meant even less time was available for the rest of the sights on this drive.) But it was worth it.