Another area we had never heard was the City of Rocks State Park. Settled by the same Mimbres Indians that are found just a little to the north, this wonder was actually created about 35 million years ago by a huge volcanic eruption that rained volcanic pumice, ash and hot gas on the plains. Huge pillars and rock formations were formed as a result, and then in the ensuing millions of years these formations slowly eroded to what we see today.

 

And in another several million years these formations might erode down to the same height as the plains on which they are found today. We were only here for a few hours and we did a 4 1/2 mile hike around the perimeter – stunning views of the “city” from all angles. Camping is allowed, and there were many tents and RV’s strewn among the pillars and rocks, each site somewhat private and with fantastic views. Where we were staying in Deming, our “adults-only RV park, the stars at night were brilliant and filled the sky, just as they must at the “City of Rocks”.

I have to confess that none of the pictures I took came out for the simple reason that I had forgotten to replace the chip in the camera. These are taken off the internet, and as I cannot actually ask for permission to repost them since the id’s are not known, I apologize in advance if anyone gets upset. We intend to be back here next Spring and I will update the photos with some of my own. I did want to give an example of the stark beauty of the region.

Today’s recipe comes from the April 2013 issue of Bon Appétit. We love Indian food, the hotter and spicier the better. Chicken Tikka Massala is not that, but the rich creamy tomato sauce is to die for. Served with rice and hot naan, it doesn’t get much better than this.

chicken tikka masala

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