February, 2017 – All my friends know what a complete nut case I am over rocks! I talk to them, I pat their heads, I thank them for hanging around for so long with so little appreciation from most people – I just generally find them fascinating! I first got turned on to them the very year I started fulltime RVing during a trip to the Maine coast in 2001. Check that out at Prout’s Neck if you want to see how long this craziness has consumed me. So needless to say, I was in high hog heaven here at City of Rocks State Park!
This tree was special somehow – it was just so beautiful and seemed perfectly happy and healthy growing among the hard and seemingly dead ground. I just really enjoyed this scene and it wasn’t until I downloaded the picture that I saw the Easter Island like head at the base of the tree. He looks pretty sad I think…
Sometimes I just had to crawl into one of the cozy alcoves and contemplate how lucky I am to be able to experience these kinds of things in my travels!
The Park Manager, Gabriel Medrano, took this picture of me as he was showing me around, revealing petroglyphs. See Park Overview for those treasures.
I wasn’t tempted to crawl up into this precarious rocking chair, though.
When I got here, there was a bird taking advantage of the pool the rain made and I was sorry I had disturbed him and he flew away (more sorry I didn’t get a picture of him there). Tents and RVs can camp among the rocks here, which I think is the coolest thing about this park! See Campground Overview for more on that.
I really liked these narrow passageways where I could touch the walls on both sides. Look at the different colors and textures here – how can some people say rocks are boring?!
(When I posted this to Facebook, one of my friends pointed out the “spirit” at the entrance. I had not seen the white line on the left wall that way before, but when I did, I thought it was way cool! Do you see it?)
Speaking of seeing things in rocks, Gabriel also showed me this Kissing Rock. There used to be a campsite here, but they could see the neck vertebrae was in danger of cracking and falling, so they closed the site. I hope this guy stays put for a good long time, though!
You could be here for ages playing the “that looks like….” game. I had fun with my Facebook friends when I posted some of these and was surprised at how many different answers there were! I’m not going to spoil it for you and tell you what I know they are from my conversations with them, but you can put your perception in comments below if you want to play along. 🙂
All Malia’s Miles pages on City of Rocks: