First things first... remember I mentioned the other day that Dallas closing in on a record for the most number of consecutive days over 100 degrees F? No one had any doubt that we would break the record, but today, even though the forecast was for 104 degrees, a storm front came through (no rain, of course) and the temperature only made it up to 98. I realize this is dumb, but I am so upset about it. We had to suffer through 40 days of heat and sweat... it's been over 100 degrees since July 2... and then two days before breaking the record this happens. I am bitter.
Anyway, to get back on track... I have one last vacation-related post, so I hope you'll indulge me.
On our way to Colorado, we passed through an area of New Mexico where there were lots of volcanoes... one was even a National Monument, so I talked my hubby into visiting! Yay!
I've always been interested in volcanoes, ever since 3rd grade when we read about Mt. Vesuvius. I ordered a book from the book order that year about Pompeii and spent hours looking at the pictures and reading about the tragedy there nearly 2000 years ago. I had dreams about volcanoes and after that one of my top irrational fears has been volcanoes (the other is scorpions, though that is no longer irrational because I live in TX now and there are actually scorpions here). Anyway, I decided that for my 30 before 30 list, I really wanted to visit a volcano. Now, the volcanoes we saw in New Mexico are long extinct... and some day I would really love to visit an active or dormant volcano, but I figured that in the next 2.5 years I might not get a chance to see another volcano, period. So we visited Capulin Volcano.
It was very cool because there is a road that spirals all the way up to the top of the mountain. You can see the road cut into the side of the volcano in the photo below.
The parking area was just above the crater, here is a photo looking down into the crater.
There were 2 hiking trails, a shorter one went down into the center of the crater and a little longer one went in a loop around the top of the crater. We walked a bit on that trail, but we were hungry and not used to the increased elevation, so we didn't make it all the way around. The view from the top was quite lovely, though!
And here's a picture to prove that I visited a volcano!
Oh, and the road that goes to and from the volcano from the main highway has cow crossing signs... on our way out we discovered that they really meant it!
This was a fun little side trip and I will always remember my first visit to a volcano!