I went hiking in the Sandia Mountains yesterday because it was so sunny and warm.
|Balsam Glade overlook of La Madera Canyon|
|View of Sandia Peak Ski Resort - only open Friday through Sunday now|
|Balsam Glade nature trail is partially snowy - quite manageable for a walk on a sunny day|
|At Sandia Crest, I could see the moon hanging in the eastern sky|
|View from the Sandia Crest of Albuquerque|
|Looking toward the tramway. The South Crest Trail was a bit too snowy for a hike.|
|Albuquerque below at 5,000 ft. elevation as seen from the Sandia Crest, 10,678 ft elevation|
I enjoyed a cup of coffee at the Crest House as wind gusts of close to 50 mph were blowing outside. I left the Crest about 3:15PM as the clouds began to blow in from the west, I love spring in New Mexico...oh, wait....not until March 20th?
Postscript 2/23/16: Didn't take long for the weather to revert back to winter. It's beginning to snow this morning.