This is the conclusion of my El Malpais trip I took a few weeks ago. I was halfway through my second day and had just finished exploring some of the lava fields at the southern end of the monument. After cooling off I was eager to get back on the road and reach an area just to the north called The Narrows. This is a section of road that skirts lava flows on the left and huge sandstone cliffs on the right. Not sure if you guys like the satellite map from the last post but I thought I'd use it one more time. The black on the left is lava and the sharp edge just to the right of the road is where the cliffs rise up 100 feet or more.
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I always have a hard time deciding where to pull over and start taking photos. If I gave into my every whim, to get a photo op, I don't think I'd ever finish any trip. The cliffs from a distance are impressive! I kept thinking I'd stop and get this angle or that angle..finally I found myself smack dab in the middle and I hadn't shot anything. So I just pulled over and started snapping. While here I had one or two cars pass me. Otherwise it was sort of surreal. Calm, quiet...the perfect spot.
La Ventana arch. This is New Mexico's second largest natural arch and I had no idea it was even here. I pull over and take the small hike to the base.
interesting shot* from someone standing right under it. I thought it was unique. Take a look if you have time.
Zuni Indian Reservation. Amazingly beautiful country. I set my sights on another national monument, El Morro. This sandstone formation looks like the bow of the Titanic rising up out of the ground. I had read about it before coming on the trip. One of the main draws for me were the inscriptions that had been etched into the sandstone by various travelers that came to this spot. How can you not get excited when you see something like this for the monument "The first inscription carved at El Morro was that of Governor Don Juan
de Onate in 1605, 15 years before the pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock."