National Parks here we come! Once we crossed the New Mexico state line, Nathan's vacation began. It was amazing as we drove along the Texas panhandle into New Mexico, the scenery began to dramatically change. Prairie grass and flat land turned into Desert plants and mountains. A new part of the country for me and very different from Michigan's green forest scenery.
|Petroglyph National Park. The kids doing their research for the Junior Ranger program. We learned about the Senior Ranger program, and decided to participate.|
|Maybe it is how people feel when they see snow for the first time? I found the landscape fascinating.|
|Designs carved into volcanic rocks. Some by Native Americans and some by Spanish settlers from 400 to 700 years ago. Taking pictures of rocks with crude drawings on them, did make me feel like someone was playing a joke on me.|
|The rock is basalt. I didn't know there were volcanoes in New Mexico. The "three sisters" are fissure volcanoes. I believe that means they erupt along a crack in the earth's crust and not a central vent. I learned something on this trip.|
|Taking the pledge. The adults didn't get the cool patches but we did get a pin.|