Sunday, March 31, 2013

City of Rocks, New Mexico

I wrote this post during Saturday night's Ohio State - Wichita State NCAA basketball game because I needed the distraction.  It was a good run guys.  Go Buckeyes!  Now we'll concentrate on Beavers baseball.

Earlier this week we hiked at City of Rocks State Park, about 25 miles north east of Rockhound State Park, where we are staying in our RV. 

City of Rocks is filled with tall pillars, columns and other pinkish-gray formations.  The rocks were created 35 million years ago when a volcano erupted with a force a thousand times greater than when Mt. St. Helens erupted in 1980.  Then erosion sculpted the pillars. 

The rocks rise up in an otherwise barren area.
A park brochure said the rock formations only exist in six other places in the world.  We've been to one, also called City of Rocks, in Idaho.

I asked Jim what he would say about the park.  His response: "The trail map was hard to follow."  Translation:  We wanted to take a short walk and ended up doing three miles plus.
Bev among the pillars.  The rocks that form City of Rocks are called the “Kneeling Nun Tuff,” named after a legend about a nun condemned to die for falling in love with a wounded soldier.  A tuff is rock created from consolidated volcanic ash.

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