6 to 7 million years ago a volcano erupted at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument.
2013 New Years Eve I hiked the same path of volcanic destruction that occurred so long ago.
Out with the old and in with the new is what people say every year, but in this case it turned out to be a little bit different.
I took a chance and gave a nod to the old by visiting the ancient Tent Rocks formations in order to glean wisdom from nature.
I wanted to know more about the path that I would walk down in 2014.
My hike through the spectacular formations of Tent Rocks was a walking meditation that ingrained in me to take a more discerning path in the year 2014.
Was Tent Rocks and I really that different?
The answer that I found as I made my way to the peak of the trail was no.
The volcanic eruptions that occurred here so many years ago left pumice, ash, and hard deposits that were over 1,000 feet thick.
Just like Kasha-Katuwe, I too had layers of hard deposits left over from the eruptions of my life.
At first glance this may seem like a negative, but if you look with a discerning eye, the beauty of the miracles that are found in nature start to come alive!
As I hiked up the trail I started to notice small pieces of volcanic glass glistening like diamonds, a product of the cooling of the incandescent avalanche.
I hoped to myself that 2014 would leave me shining like a diamond.
Massive Boulders caps protect the soft pumice and tuff below the tapering hoodoos that Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks is so famous for.
Once the hoodoos lose their boulder caps, they begin to disintegrate and disappear.
I often ask myself the question, “How am I still standing?”
The same way the hoodoos stand after all of these years.
Over the years I have learned to protect myself and have been fortunate to receive protection from good friends when I least expected it.
That is why I am still standing.
In order to continue to stand strong, just like the hoodoos in 2014, I am dedicating myself to the search for true discernment in the New Year.
The possession of good judgment and wisdom that will stand the test of time.
For the official link to Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument see my “Resources” page under “Get Outdoors”.
Girl in Casita- Bohemian Style from a Casita in New Mexico