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Sandstone Bluffs

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Our goal in setting out from Albuquerque on the morning of October 14th was to reach a natural stone arch called La Ventana, a 90-mile drive to the west. You’ve already seen how scenic cliffs and mountains along Interstate 40 waylaid us for a while. Our next stop was at the Malpais Ranger Station on New Mexico Highway 117. There we ended up in a conversation with the ranger on duty that lasted more than half an hour. Mostly we did the listening. She was the first person we’d ever gotten to know whose native language is Navajo. She told us her father speaks some basic English but her mother speaks only Navajo.

 

  

After that we spent a couple of hours at a nearby scenic geological feature called Sandstone Bluffs, which is in the El Malpais National Monument. Naturally I took a slew of photographs. These pictures show you some of the prominent bluffs. The dark areas on the plain in the top picture are lava fields.

 

 

Pine trees, dead and alive, populated parts of the site.

 

  

Even without a vista or pine trees, individual sandstone formations were impressive.

 

 

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

November 10, 2022 at 4:34 AM

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