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.

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