ALBUQUERQUE - KASHA-KATUWE TENT ROCKS NAT'L. MONUMENT
|On the approach into Albuquerque. Looking at all of those roads in the middle of nowhere, I assume someone thinks they are going to build subdivisions out here.|
|I guess kind of like these.|
|The airport in Albuquerque is called
the Albuquerque International Sunport. After visiting New Mexico I
now know why. It's because New Mexico is closer to the sun than any
other place on the planet.
I think this statue depicts an ancient American version of quidditch, where instead of flying on brooms trying to catch a snitch they just ran around chasing a bird.
|Took the shuttle to the car rental building. It's a nice little airport.|
|My vehicle for the week, a Toyota 4Runner. Get a nice look at the left corner of that bumper. Nice, huh? Well I'll fix that a little later on.|
|Picked up the vehicle and hit the road. I would be back in Albuquerque a little later in the trip.|
|No, this is not a casino. At least not the big one. It's part of the San Felipe Travel Center gas station/convenience store. It is near the Black Mesa Casino. I don't know why I took a picture of it other than to note the architectural style that is all over New Mexico.|
|Oh, there are going to be a lot of pictures of the road. They would show the kinds of country I was driving through. I was on the road to...|
|...Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument.|
It is a beautiful place but I was a little ill-prepared for this visit.
|You see, I had neither water nor sunscreen with me and the only hat I had with me was my Predators cap that I usually travel with.|
|This mattered because the sun was blazing and it was rather hot. I don't know exactly what the temperature was that day, but it was certainly at least in the mid-90's. While there was some occasional spots of shade to be had along the trail, they were few and far between.|
|The trail sometimes winded in gaps between the large rock formations.|
|It gets narrow in some places.|
|I wasn't the only creature trying to find shade.|
|And this is why they are called tent rocks.|
The rock formations were the result of volcanic activity 6-7 million years ago.
|There's another narrow section of the path, but also a shady one.|
|It looks smaller than it was, although ducking through was required.|
|An old tree. I would have to imagine that there was some erosion here that exposed the roots.|
|A shady bench at the beginning or end of the trail depending on which way you are headed. I did not make it all the way to the end of the trail before heading back. There was a bit of a climb at the end of it that I was just in no shape to try. Not only were the sun and heat to be contended with, but the elevation of over a mile up played a factor. I didn't want to drop dead on the first day of my trip.|