Compared to the previous image, this view sure looks different, doesn't it? Crossing into NM and into Mountain time (woohoo! my new home time zone.), we made our way towards Santa Fe. Santa Fe is a much smaller city than I expected. It's like a big small city, maybe middle size at best, but even that's a stretch. I was really surprised how small it was. It's definitely no Atlanta or Dallas.
One thing I particularly enjoy is watching the elevation changes throughout the country.
Roswell, GA is at 1,100 feet.
New Orleans, LA is at about -12 feet. (It varies from slightly above sea level when you approach to below when you get in.)
Dallas, TX was at about 600 feet.
Fort Worth, TX (heading west from Dallas) was at about 700 feet.
As you head north towards Amarillo, you climb up to about 4,000 feet.
Keep going west into Santa Fe, NM and you'll climb all the way up to 7,000 feet.
Keep heading north from there and you'll drop to about 5,200 feet, but climb right back up to 7,000 feet to get to Taos, NM.
Drive back down to Albuquerque, NM and you'll drop down to about 5,300 feet.
We've been drinking a bunch of water to help us acclimate to the elevation changes. We'll easily do thousands of feet up and down and up and down every day on these trips. Our ears pop and I keep smiling as I watch the altimeter change so much.