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Over Columbus day weekend, we went on a 3
day trip which included two days in El Malpais National
Monument in western New Mexico. Some of Monument's main
attractions are lava tubes, chain of craters, and lava
flows. We visited all three.
This is a lava field, but life is
This is a bridge over a collapsed lava
tube. Alex and Grace are on the bridge.
This is an entrance to a lava tube.
This is a pile of rocks that used to be
the roof of this lava tube.
That same bridge from below.
Looking into a lava tube
A 180 degree panorama of the lava tube
Climbing out of a lava tube. Alex loved
Entering another lava tube.
We entered this one, and this is what it
looked like from inside.
These trees grow on rocks. There is very
little soil anywhere.
We drove toward Zuni Pueblo, and saw this
The next day we climbed an extinct
Looking down the Chain of Craters
There is very little soil here. Amazing
that a bush can grow.
Hiking on the lava falls.
Some sort of a big collapse. Alex and
Grace are in the middle.