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    Default Valley of Fires New Mexico

    We are spending 4 days here.

    Valley of Fires Recreation Area

    Interesting geology. The lava flow is 40 miles long, 4-6 miles wide and 160 feet deep in places. Picture 2 is an overlook of the valley. #3 is meant to show a type of flow. Did you know that geologists use Hawiian names for types of lava? Add that to the useless bits of information you have rattling around in your brain. And, then try to work it into a conversation. #4 shows 4 layers meaning there were at least 4 seperate flows in the area. #1 shows how quickly vegetation has moved back into the area. Well, I say quickly, but the flow is 5000 years old. Even at that, it is one of the youngest flow in the lower 48. There is another flow by Grants NM that is only 3000 years old. Not colorful-not scenic, but interesting. Sorry about the confusing numbers, but they changed order when I uploaded them.
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    Default Re: Valley of Fires New Mexico

    There is no doubt geology is interesting, it just takes too much patience for me. That's why I appreciate photo series like these that tell at least part of a story quickly. We drove by this place last year and didn't have time to stop. Not sure when/if we'll get through that area again because it's pretty desolate country. I guess I'll have to keep it in mind for the next time we take the back roads through Dallas, but even then motel availability is a frustration. I guess we could stop in Socorro and then Dyes AFB TX. I'll see how that might work next spring. Roswell kind of soured us on that part of New Mexico though.
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    Default Re: Valley of Fires New Mexico

    Dave,
    Thank you for looking and commenting. Have you got over being sick yet?

    Some of the great things about the way we are traveling is no motel worries, no hurry and we don't have to find cafes. What was it about Roswell that you didn't like? I chuckle every time I go through there. People come from all over the world to see where the UFO scare started and the people of Roswell have been making money on it for 50 years. If it weren't for UFO's, Roswell would be another dying town on the back roads of New Mexico.

    If you are in Socorro in the winter and early spring, you could get some good bird shots at Bosque del Apache. You might want to check into the Trinity Site tours, where the first atomic bomb was tested. Ft. Stanton, Lincoln NM, where Billy the Kid was jailed, and Ruidoso are worth a stop. Ruidoso has some really nice motels and the Inn of the Mountain Gods, a Mescolaro Apache casino and hotel. I guess I am easily entertained because I really enjoy the back roads.

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    I too enjoy the back roads when I have a good enough reason to go that way. I admit I don't know much about New Mexico, other than the Red Rivers are beautiful when it's been raining. You've given me a few things to consider and I'm thinking it might be worth a separate 3-4 day trip all by itself. It wasn't so much that I didn't like Roswell, I guess it's one of those places, like Sturgis, that you have to visit when there is something going on, like an anniversary or something. We only stayed the night and didn't feel the "look" of most UFO-themed places were worth the money. I had been warned there is not much there, but we had to go through once to see for ourselves. It was the last day of our trip and a last minute decision. We will go through the area again, but I'll do more research the next time.

    When it comes to back roads, I have to admit too that I'm more partial to back East, the Pacific Northwest and the Midwest because there are more chances to find something interesting. I'm content with Arizona because I live here and have time, but New Mexico and Texas can be a little frustrating (for me) because there is a lot of open space between places. Plus, it's harder to find suggestions for scenic drives, etc. The other thing is that like Arizona, backs roads in the Southwest cost a lot in time and distance because there just aren't that many roads or places to stop along them. And in the summer it's hotter than Hades.

    We often take back roads, like going from New Orleans to Lafayette via hwy 90 and taking hwy 290 outside of Milton NY where the speed limit is 35mph for some 26 miles. Our last few trips though have been too scheduled and we need to get back to just meandering.

    And, yes, I'm almost back to normal. Unfortunately, my wife's been dealing with a virus and 2 infections bordering on pneumonia since we got back. She is now on the mend, but it took 3 trips to the doctor and 2 x-rays before they were successful with medication. So, between the trip and the medical issues, we are way behind the power curve for the year and our planned floor/kitchen and backyard renovations have been postponed until after our Jun/Jul trip and the backyard maybe until next spring. Thanks for asking.
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    Default Re: Valley of Fires New Mexico

    Thanks for looking and the information. Do you happen to know the age of those flows?

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    Default Re: Valley of Fires New Mexico

    I love this kind of stuff. Thanks for showing!
    Ken

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    Default Re: Valley of Fires New Mexico

    Well, Ken, it is not an eagle. Eagles are something to love, but thank you for looking and commenting.

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