it interferes with our individual styles of sightseeing and adventuring. (I stop often--to look at anything or anybody that interest me. My companions likewise stop for whatever interest them)
AAAHHH BUT WE CAMP TOGETHER---AND THAT'S A GREAT JOY.
As I'm idling along, it comforts me to know that my friends will join me at our pre-designated site.
So we decided to leave Colorado and slowly make our way south to the Albuquerque balloon festival.
Here's how the adventure unfolded:
We decide to follow the Rio Grande canyon south to Santa Fe. Few people know its amazing geological history. Unlike the Grand Canyon WHERE THE RIVER CREATED THE CANYON. Here, the shift of tectonic plates opened up a gigantic fault extending from Leadville, Co to Socorro, NM AND THE CANYON CREATED THE RIVER. The origional canyon was 2 miles deep---twice the depth of Grand Canyon. Then the Rio Grand river began to flow south and in time FILLED IN THE CANYON to its current depth of 800 ft maximum. Click here for details.
The rift averages 10 miles in width and is obvious once you know the story and glance left and right as you drive south.