Buffalo Pass to Shiprock

17 Oct

Cool morning but no rain, and I saw clearly Venus, Jupiter and Mars before dawn. Yeah, we got an early start.
The twisties up to and over Buffalo Pass are great and the red coloured rocks are fantastic. In some ways nicer than seeing the Grand Canyon. The scale is different but riding right amongst the rocks is better.
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We stopped at the top at a little picnic area for a break. Looking east and down through the pass Shiprock is visible in the distance. It is a lava dike monadnock, the remanent of an explosive volcanic eruption about 30 million years ago. The elevation of the sacred Navajo peak is 7177ft and it’s prominence is 1583ft. It’s only about 30 miles northwesterly, as the crow flies, to the Four Corners.
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For more geological information see: https://geoinfo.nmt.edu/tour/landmarks/shiprock/home.html

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I went for a short hike to get up close and take some pictures through one of the holes.
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We are staying at the Laughing Lizard in Jemez Springs NM next door to Hwy4Cafe that has excellent food for dinner; Greek salad for Sam and porkchop special for me. Their baked goods look deadly. Jemez Springs has an interesting history with Spaniards arriving here in 1540.
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Riding highway #4 WooHoo, we certainly enjoyed the Grand Canyon but the ride to Jemez Springs was equally or more awesome!

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Here is a view from our balcony.
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