Friday, February 24, 2012

An Introduction

Wow!  What an amazing whirlwind the last few months have been to get us to where we are today.  If you're wondering where that is, we're in Albuquerque, New Mexico!!  Crazy huh?

Now that Geoff and I are starting to get settled in in Albuquerque, I've decided it's time to finally start the endeavor of having the blog that I had decided I would have when we knew we were moving down here.

So what are my goals/reasons for this blog?

1.  Communication--Keeping everyone "back home" up to date on what life is like down here in a way that is more meaningful than short, fragmented "snip-its" on Facebook.
2.  Thought Organization--I've always loved to compile, organize, and sort through my thoughts by writing them down, so I feel like having this outlet will be a good way for me to do that.

So, I look forward to joining the world of bloggers and getting started and letting you all in on what life is like for us in this beautiful place!!

For now, let me share with you a few beautiful pics of things we've seen so far!  

Beautiful Sunsets!  This picture was taken from the base of the Sandia Mountains looking down at the city in the valley.  It's amazing how far you can see.  The mountains in the background are about 90 miles away. 

Petroglyphs!!  We've went hiking at Petroglyph National Monument State Park and saw several (there are hundreds) of these awesome, very old carvings.  They're done on volcanic rock and their meanings aren't known, but I'm pretty sure the one below has something to do with aliens in Roswell. :)  

And finally is my favorite. Coming from the very flat southern Illinois, it still takes my breath away every time I look out our window our walk outside and see this awesome mountain lurking "in our backyard".   How cool is that?  It's especially beautiful right now with all of the snow on it.  Yes, it does snow in Albuquerque--it's not Phoenix.  Random facts:  Albuquerque is what is called "high desert".  Our apartments sits somewhere around an elevation of 5700 ft.  The crest of the Sandia Mountains is 10,678 feet above sea level and so snow seems to stick around during the winter for sure!

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