Monday, February 11, 2008
Road Trip II: Valley of Fires
The Valley of Fires Recreation Area is an interesting diversion on the long, sometimes tedious cross-state journey on US 54 - from El Paso to Santa Rosa on I-40 is 350 miles, along a route which passes much barren scenery of grassy prairie, stark mountains and sandy desert. The Valley has many square miles of buckled, twisted lava, part of an extensive flow up to 50 meters thick and over 45 miles long that originated from several volcanoes, including one vent now known as Little Black Peak, 9 miles northwest of the dusty, windswept town of Carrizozo. The lava is called the Malpais (Spanish for 'badlands'), a name also given to several other flows in New Mexico, including the even larger deposits of the El Malpais National Monument.
Jason got a lava rock to take home and treasure forever.
These are the skies that I'll miss. It was 73 degrees yesterday. Right now in Illinois it's 7.