Hi there, it’s Abby here, and it’s my turn to (finally) blog!
It’s day 20 of our interim trip and we spent our last day before we say goodbye to the beautiful Southwest at Raton, New Mexico. The drive to Raton from Rehoboth was really long, but we finally reached our destination at about 12:30 in the morning safely. Most of us were asleep during the car ride after dinner but Professor Molnar and Dan managed to watch the coyote star moving slightly across the horizon...something that we’ve been trying to spot for ever since we heard the story of the Navajo constellations at the planetarium at San Juan’s College.
Due to us reaching Raton pretty late, the trade off was that we were at a nicer hotel and we got to sleep in! Something that I’m sure we were very grateful for since we’ve been living like nomads, moving from place to place early in the morning. The other reward was the lovely weather that we had today. It was warm enough (aside from Tucson) that we were able to walk around without having to layer up with jackets and sweaters! After being able to recharge, we left for the K-T boundary Ranton Pass site which was a 15 minute drive away from the hotel we were staying at.
K-T (Cretaceous-Tertiary) boundary is the transition between the Cretaceous and Tertiary periods of geologic time, where is it believed that the mass extinction of many life forms such as dinosaurs took place. Characterized by the presence of high amounts of the element Iridium, which is rare on Earth but common in space debris such as asteroids and meteors, it was believed that the extinction of the dinosaurs was caused by a comet or asteroid from space hitting Earth. The K-T boundary at the Raton Pass site that we saw were the band of sandstone, coal, and, iridium layers. After exploring and taking in the view of Raton from above, we drove to Sugarite Canyon State Park to explore and see more K-T boundary sites.
|A piece that came off when touched gently...they are really brittle.|
|The view of Raton from the K-T boundary Raton Pass Site|
Sugarite is an abandoned coal mining town. We took a short trek along the mining trail #2, passing by old ruins of the town such as the school and clubhouse, and climbed up the rocks, and frozen waterfall to get to old mining spots which had the beds of coal and K-T boundary claystone and shale. As we descended down however, Dan slipped and fell and injured his wrist. But not to worry too much, the doctor said that it was a minor injury, and it would heal in 4-6 weeks time. But prayers would be appreciated very much! We then spent the rest of the day chilling out and soaking up the last day before we leave in the indoor Jacuzzi pool, followed by our “last supper” at a Mexican restaurant, as well as a cross cultural engagement sharing of what we have learnt and experienced so far during this trip.
|Before: What the Sugarite Schoolhouse looked like|
|After: What's left of the Schoolhouse|
|Scaling and climbing the rocks|
|Where's Waldo? Nope, it's Where's Rick?|
|The beautiful clear blue skies of the Southwest that will be greatly missed.|
I can’t believe that this interim is coming to an end...it has definitely been an amazing 20 days exploring the Southwest on this mini road trip. Thanks for being part of this journey, reading our blog posts and keeping us in your prayers!