April 28th, 2014 – Chiricahua National Monument

We got a late start today since Leslie left her sunglasses in the restaurant where we had dinner and we had to wait for it to open.  Not a problem though because Don was able to go by a copper splash that he almost bought the day before, Sharon got a wonderful antique thread box and we all got to see the haunted vault in the bank turned antique store that we heard about last night.  Sharon took a picture and got a halo in the picture and we all got excited until we realized it was from the flash.  Oh well.

Our last stop on our short camping trip was Chiricahua National Monument which is located in the Chiricahua Mountains in southeast Arizona. It is famous for its extensive vertical rock formations.  Geologists believe that it preserves the remains of an immense volcanic eruption that shook the region some 27 million years ago. The thick white-hot ash spewed forth from the nearby Turkey Creek Caldera, cooled and hardened into rhyolite tuff, laying down almost two thousand feet of dark volcanic ash and pumice, which eventually eroded into the natural features visible today.  All four of us got a taste for the beauty and agreed we need to come back and take some hikes to get down amongst the rock formations.

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One thought on “April 28th, 2014 – Chiricahua National Monument

  1. Arlene

    What magnificent country. Sounds like you were able to take a lot in a short period of time.

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