Sabot L'ours (sabotlours) wrote,
Sabot L'ours


One of the things that make the West such a wonderful place are the expansive views. I've heard stories about people from the East who start to freak out with the sense of space since they're used to feeling confined by buildings and vegetation. I know the wide open spaces are what make the area special to me. I started thinking about the views that surround me especially when I'm on walkies. I have some nice views from the house, but it's up on the mesa where the whole landscape explodes. So the other day I took note of major landmarks on the horizon and then consulted a mapping program to see just how far my view extends.

To the east the view is dominated by the Sandia Mts. The crest is 15 miles away as the crow flies. To the west are the volcanoes. It's a gradual rise to them, but they effectively limit my view to only 6 miles. If I could get a little higher the view would probably extend to Mt Taylor which is 51 miles away. To the south I just catch the top of Ladron Peak which is 56 miles away. The Manzano Mts are a southern extension of the Sandias. I can easily make out Manzano Peak which is the highest point in the chain some 42 miles away. To the northeast I can easily see the Sangre de Cristo Mts on the outskirts of Santa Fe. It's a little difficult to pick out a specific peak since I don't know the geography well enough, but it's safe to say that they are about 68 miles away. The other mountain chain to the north are the Jemez. Once again I can't pick out a specific peak, but the high point is 49 miles to the north.

So I think it's safe to say that I have some pretty awesome views right in back of my house. Hopefully the development up there doesn't totally wreck it. Being able to see "forever" certainly makes it a great place to live.
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