Sunday, September 16, 2012

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument

Sunday we ventured south to the Santa Fe area, starting with a visit to the Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks.  Once again, volcanic features in the area left crevices, coulees, mountains and many layers of sediment over the centuries.  Then water, flooding and wind shaped the area, washing away sediment and rocks.  This left things that looked like teepees, called tent rocks.  Also in the layers of volcanic debris are rocks in layers and throughout the volcanic dust.  If you look up on top of the ridges, you will see pinnacles with rocks sitting atop them, tent rocks with rocks above them.  We also saw a cave/air bubble that was inhabited, and you can see the blackened ceilings from the fires they burned inside.  We walked a 1.5 mile trail in the scorching heat, but as always, it was worth it.

Debbie outside one of the bubble formed caves

Tent Rocks

Tent rocks with larger rocks balanced atop them
More tent rocks with larger rocks atop them

The eyes of this gnome are looking at me

I officially named the one on the right Penis Rock
See the wide layers of white volcanic ash

More Tent Rocks
Debbie with a cactus that has tiny yellow flowers

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