Well, you know what I'm thinking, right?
Field trip! Mom and I were already planning a trip to the Great Sand Dunes, CO, and to Santa Fe, Taos, Abiquiu, and Albuquerque, NM, in the spring of 2016. What's another 320 miles further west of the Albuquerque when this adventure awaits?!
Whoa. Whoa. Whoa!
Whew! Just had to get that awe out of my system. Wait, one more. . .
It is a breath-taking, stark and yet inviting, clear example of "pancake geology, with oldest rocks on the bottom of the stack and youngest rocks on top." One may easily follow those red marker beds in the foreground of the above image all through the canyon. It's easy to see which way the beds are "striking" or trending and that these beds dip very little in any direction. Drop some water (or maple syrup ;-)) on top of one of those beds and it just sits there or dribbles ever do slowly down one side of the stack. . .
More specifics on how to get to this spectacular edge of the Painted Desert in the vicinity of Georgia O'Keeffe country just to the east in NM are described in this link to lesser-known vistas of the southwestern U.S.
Today's post honors my mom, June, recovering after 6 days in the cardiac unit (she is doing much better now) and my friend-since-second-grade, Liz, also recovering from recent surgery. The three of us will report on Coal Bed Canyon in the spring. . .and have a stack of pancakes, syrupy sweet, if that strikes our fancies ;-)..[We may need to bring our own real maple syrup, of course].
Here's to much healing, Mom and Liz!
Love may be a many splendored thing . . . . .but geology is a many layered thing,
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