Valley of Fires and Three Rivers National Petroglyph Site

Whew! That’s a mouthful!

Plotting our exit from Roswell, we looked at the routes and what might be interesting on the way. We are meandering toward Tucson to reconnect with a very old long-time friend. We will probably spend several days there since they have a healthy bike trail system. We have been on mostly one and two night stops. But that doesn’t mean we have traveled a lot of miles; and that is just fine with us. Valley of Fires and Three Rivers sounded interesting. And they were. Indeed.

We aren’t the only ones with an unusual paint job…
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Starting about 5000 years ago, lava started seeping upward from vents in the earth. The entire surrounding area is pocketed by lava flows and the plants and animals that thrive there.

The collared lizard.
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This picture is in full color but shooting at Valley of Fires took me back to my darkroom days, shooting infrared film, developing it, printing the prints and maybe solarizing them. Glad I did the darkroom stuff, and I loved it, but kinda prehistoric now. I love the new technology. Change or die.
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On to the Three Rivers National Petroglyph Site. There are over 21,000 petroglyphs on the rocky trail and we clambered up for a look. The bus from up on the site.
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An overview of the site.
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We ended up at the Elks Lodge in Alamogordo where I got this sunset from our site.
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More pics on Flickr. Valley of Fires here. And Three Rivers National Petroglyph Site here.

Next up: White Sands. Another great photo op.

And you know what? Every time we bail out of the bus and scramble through a boulder filled, rattlesnake infested area, or take the kitties out on a walk/yoga session; or wander through a small town street and eat whatever we want; the main thing on my mind is GRATITUDE. We can do this. We are doing it. It’s a lot of fun.

I am thankful.

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2 comments on “Valley of Fires and Three Rivers National Petroglyph Site

  1. Thanks for including me. Great pics and comments. I’m hoping to head to Xcalak in the next couple of months. I’m focused on helping a Mexican farmer grow watermelons this winter and visiting his Yucatan farm is a priority.

    Date: Fri, 15 May 2015 02:46:13 +0000 To: watermelons@msn.com

  2. yes gratitude here too, So very glad to beable to get out and still enjoy thinds and be part of something. My dog is the smartess

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