Sunday, 23 February 2014

20 Feb -- Valley of Fires Recreation Area, New Mexico

Our first New Mexico stop: Valley of Fires Recreation Area.

Valley of Fires recreation area is located immediately adjacent to the Malpais Lava Flow. Approximately 5,000 years ago, Little Black Peak erupted and flowed 44 miles into the Tularosa Basin, filling the basin with molten rock. The resulting lava flow is four to six miles wide, 160 feet thick and covers 125 square miles. The lava flow is considered to be one of the youngest lava flows in the continental United States.

 Somebody had jammed two quarters into the telescope so it actually worked...we normally don't splurge for such things with the kids!

 The bump in the tube is the source of the lava -- a small hill.

 Little help here!

George enjoyed the views from his pouch on Anna's back.

 There is still lots of evidence from the "Little Bear Fire" from June, 2012.

 Why hello there.

 Lots of friends.

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