Campbell Southwest Trip 2007 travel blog

Sun Shining on Opposite Side of Canyon and Martha Taking A Break...

Breaking Camp at Jemez Campgrounds

Appreciating Camp Breaking Assistants

Girls Ready to Travel

New Mexico I-40 to Infinity Through High Desert

Entering Variety a'a Lava Flow Field Area

Kathleen Carefully Sitting on A'a Volcanic Rock

Ranger Showing Lava Flow in Dark Green - Station is where she...

A'a Rock Is Hard and Porous Like a Sponge

View of A'a Lava

Lava Flows from Volcanos 3,000 and 200,000 Years Ago

Contential Divide Near Lava Flow Area

Lava Tunnel/Cave/Trough Area

Mouth of Junction Cave Lava Tube with Collapsed Ceiling

Dry Grass Along Park Path

Cactus in Park

Lava Tube with Collapsed Ceiling Forming Trough

Blue Sky Smiling On Us

KOA View Left with Black Lava Flow - Variety a'a (AH -...

KOA View Center

KOA View Right

View of Lava from RV Rear Window

Beer Steamed Shrimp with Rice

Close-Up of Yummy Shrimp

Lava Flow at Sandstone Bluffs at Sunset - Dark areas are lava.

Sandstone Bluff at Dusk

Pool at Top of Sandstone Bluff

Cactus at Sunset

Sunset Over Lava Flow

Grants, NM Info

Grants, NM Weather

Coyote Sounds Web Site There are several sounds of a Coyote. If you click on this link, you will be able to select different howls of a Coyote. I heard the ones that sound like a siren and the extended howls.

Change to Trip Plans

We have decided to make a change to our trip plans. We will leave the Jemez Mountains on Monday instead of Tuesday to reduce the trip time to the Petrified Forest in AZ. We will stay one night at Grants KOA 80 miles west of here where there are lava flows that we can examine.

We also will stay at the Holbrook/Petrified Forest KOA instead of at Hawley Lake high in the White Mountains. We have experienced high mountains so will now experience high desert. We will visit the Petrified Forest from our Holbrook campsite where we will spend two nights.

Hi Family & Friends,

Our day began with the hoots and howls of the local coyotes at 5 a.m. Steve and the girls braved the frigid temperatures while others slept soundly under the down blanket.

We left the Jemez Mountains today and traveled approximately 70 miles west of Albuquerque to Grants, NM. We intended to stay at Grants only to shorten our total travel distance planned for tomorrow (approximately 7 hours); now travel for tomorrow will be 2.5 hours.

Grants is known as a "boom/bust" town, a carrot capital in the 50's, and then a resurrection with the finding of the largest US deposit of uranium. With demand of uranium declined, the town has again descended into bust.

We arrived in Grants at noon local time, so we had plenty of time to see the local sites. Our campsite is nestled into a lava field.

We traveled to visit El Malpais (el-mal-pie-EES) and spoke with a very informative park ranger. She detailed the volcano locations, and the different types of lava and fields.

We drove to visit the A'A (AH-ah) field, named for lava that is extremely "rocky" and very dangerous to walk upon. We also visited the El Calderon field which contains lava that flowed down the mountain side and resulted in the creation of lava tubes. One of the tubes we visited exhibits a ceiling collapse, while the other tube is a 1,000 yards long and 80 feet below the surface.

We returned to the RV to prepare our supper of Beer Steamed Shrimp with garlic/lemon butter served over rice.

After a quick eat, we six dashed off to the Sandstone Bluffs overlook to view the sunset. We were told this was a "must see" by both our KOA campground host as well as the park ranger.

We are off to Holbrook, AZ and the Petrified Forest National Park tomorrow, Tuesday for a 2-night stay.

Have a great Tuesday.

Steve and Kathleen

Also, we have added a stop in Parks, AZ for two nights where we will be in a Ponderosa Forest and closer to the Grand Canyon. We plan to arrive at the Grand Canyon Trailer Village early so we can get a good campsite for the Girls.

More later.


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