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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

El Malpais

Grants, NM

We left Sun Valley, AZ and arrived in Milan, NM on Sunday.   Yesterday it was very windy causing us to do less than what we really wanted.   However, it did visit the El Maplais National Monument.

El Malpais lies in the high desert of NM between Gallup and Albuquerque.   A great part of this area is lava fields.  El Malpais means Badlands in Spanish.   Lava poured out of a crater 2,000 to 3,000 years ago. 

An easy dirt road drive off the main road through this area took us to Sandstone Bluffs Overlook.  What a view.

Along the dirt road we saw these ruins.  Wonder what they once were.

A little further down the main road through El Malpais and a short walk back a trail is the La Ventana Natural Arch.  This is the largest of NM's easily reached natural arch.  It is eroded from sandstone and dates back to the age of dinosaurs.

This is the arch with sunlight shining behind.

The day was very windy.   At one point we could hardly see the road.

We are now getting ready to head out.  Next stop is Tucumcari, NM.   It is cold - 35 and sleeting.   Not an ideal travel day.

BTW - did you notice NO SPOTS.  Got a new digital camera.


JOJO said...

Great pictures. What kind of camera did you get?
Sounds like you had the same weather we had yesterday. Of course we didn't get the snow but we sure had the wind and drop in temps.
Love following you both on your travels.

Rick and Paulette said...

Nice pics! I'm curious too, what kind of camera did you buy?

Donna K said...

Very nice. Sounds like you got part of the same windstorm that was sweeping through Az and CA. Thanks for the tour.

Sam&Donna Weibel said...

Once you get a pretty good camera you never look back, I am so glad we got our canon.Your shots are great, we will be seeing you in a few weeks. Be safe out there.Sam & Donna....

Laurie and George said...

Very nice pictures! Bet you are glad to have a new camera...did you ever find out what the issue is with the spot on the other one?