I had a long day (4/19/13) yesterday, not only drove over 600 miles (from TX, through NM to CO), but also visited Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rock National Monument in New Mexico.
“Unbelievable, incredible, stunning, unique, spectacular, wonderful, stunning …” even those words cannot describe how I felt when I amongst the giant rocks. Of course I have seen pictures before I visited Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rock National Monument. However, being there, up close and in person, made a world difference. Those Tent Rocks are so remarkable and miraculous, it was like outer space! Hiking through the canyon and up the mountain, I thought I was going through a campground created by Aliens!
The official description: “The cone-shaped tent rock formations are the products of volcanic eruptions that occurred 6 to 7 million years ago and left pumice, ash and tuff deposits over 1000 feet thick. Over time, wind and water cut into these deposits, creating canyons and arroyos, scooping holes in the rock, and contouring the ends of small, inward ravines into smooth semi-circles.”
There are only 3 trails, 4.2 miles in total. “Cave Loop Trail” and “Slot Canyon Trail” is connected and don’t miss either one of these. The former is an easy 1.2 miles loop while the later is a 1.5 mile trek up a narrow canyon with a steep (630 feet) climb to the mesa top. With constant stops for taking pictures, I could hardly feel the climb. Walking through the slot canyon with giant Tent Rocks on both sides was amazing. And the view from the top is breathtaking. Not only you could see the Tent Rocks at the bottom of your feet at that point, but also you could see the Valley (Grande Valley) and snow capped mountains (Sangre de Cristo, Jemez, Sandia Mountains) in the distance!
I wonder, after seeing snow capped mountains all among the way and in Alaska for several months, whether I will still feel so excited and appreciative for their beauty as I felt on top of the mesa. People take things for granted when the things become normal and ordinary. That is human nature. We have to remind ourselves, though, how wonderful and how incredibly lucky we are to be able to witness as beauty and to experience other great things in our lives so that we should always appreciate the goodness in our lives. Can’t help to add a little bit personal “philosophy”, here and there along the long of my blogging. 🙂
Well, let me use my pictures to show you the “Alien’s campground” I felt in love with.
“Help” – I have taken a couple of dozen pictures without a memory card in the camera (Sony Cybershot DSC-HX200V), unintentionally, of course. I can view them in the camera, but I can’t download them! How do I do it? Please let me know if anyone knows how to do it! Thanks very much in advance.
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