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Above 9500 Feet….

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 04-12-2014

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This morning the weatherman talked about snow above 9500 feet…That put me to thinking about those higher elevations and just who would be affected by this weather system now passing through New Mexico. It also reminded me of a event that happened a few years ago when my niece and her two boys visited us here in Albuquerque. They are were from Reform, Al and my niece still lives there. While they were visiting, I decided to show the two boys around a bit. Since Reform is about 750 feet above sea level, and my home here in Albuquerque is 5650 feet….. I figured the boys would like to go up to Sandia Peak in the Sandia Mountains just east of Albuquerque, and see the view of Albuquerque and the Rio Grande Valley from the observation platform, 10,683 feet  above sea level. The parking area is several feet and many stair steps below the viewing platform. After parking, the youngest boy, John charged ahead of David and myself. John was literally running up the steps and I knew that he could not possibly keep up that pace at 10000 plus feet. About the time I called to him to slow down, he practically collapsed, breathing very hard. It kind of scared my briefly, until I saw that he was ok, except for not having nearly enough oxygen. I reminded him that the oxygen supply at that elevation was a lot less than that available in Reform. After sitting for a few minutes, he continued on up to the top of Sandia Peak without me having to say anything more about slowing down. Yeah, at 9500 feet there is a lot more snow than at sea level, but there is a lot less oxygen….We had a good time on that visit….I hope both boys remember it as well as I do…

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