"...I decided to visit California for a year or two to see its wonderful flora and the famous Yosemite Valley. All the world was before me and every day was a holiday, so it did not seem important to which one of the world's wildernesses I first should wander."
--John Muir (1868)
28 million years ago, a huge volcano about 15 miles east of Silver City erupted with the force of 1,000 Mount St. Helens. The hot ash fell in a circle fifty miles across and some of it was so hot that it congealed into rock in tall clumps. Those clumps were eroded by the wind and the result was a geologic formation so unusual there are only six like it in the world. Now a state park, the "City of Rocks" is a beautiful and incredibly fun place to explore, which we did around sunset today. We could have spent hours here wandering around the formations which stand alone in a vast desert plain. The sunset light really brought out their beauty.