Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Bisti Badlands

https://farmingtonnm.org/listings/bisti-de-na-zin-wilderness/
The Bisti/De-Na-/Zin Wilderness Area is one of the most difficult places to find!  Actually with the help of Google Maps we drove on dirt roads that bordered the area for longer than I care to admit.  The wire fences and gates protected fields of natural sagebrush and were definite barriers.  Hiking in would have been the only way to  enter from the dirt road.  And the lay of the land was flat with fields of sagebrush.  Where were those interesting formations we saw in the book?  After returning to the highway and going back the way we came, we turned at this sign!  It too led down a long bumpy dirt road and ended with parking spaces.  By this time it was hot but we decided to take water and hike in a little ways.

We weren't  the only ones in the area!

I am continually amazed and intrigued with the beauty I see in arid deserts.

It is such a surprise to go from flat sagebrush into areas of unusual formations that are carved from wind and time.  Different textures of earth and rock, different colors and so many shapes.  We only saw a small portion and will need to go back in cooler weather with more water and a backpack to explore.






There were beautiful designs where water had dried and I just had to take some pictures!  I'm looking forward to re-visiting this area near Farmington New Mexico!




Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Bisti Badlands

https://farmingtonnm.org/listings/bisti-de-na-zin-wilderness/
The Bisti/De-Na-/Zin Wilderness Area is one of the most difficult places to find!  Actually with the help of Google Maps we drove on dirt roads that bordered the area for longer than I care to admit.  The wire fences and gates protected fields of natural sagebrush and were definite barriers.  Hiking in would have been the only way to  enter from the dirt road.  And the lay of the land was flat with fields of sagebrush.  Where were those interesting formations we saw in the book?  After returning to the highway and going back the way we came, we turned at this sign!  It too led down a long bumpy dirt road and ended with parking spaces.  By this time it was hot but we decided to take water and hike in a little ways.

We weren't  the only ones in the area!

I am continually amazed and intrigued with the beauty I see in arid deserts.

It is such a surprise to go from flat sagebrush into areas of unusual formations that are carved from wind and time.  Different textures of earth and rock, different colors and so many shapes.  We only saw a small portion and will need to go back in cooler weather with more water and a backpack to explore.






There were beautiful designs where water had dried and I just had to take some pictures!  I'm looking forward to re-visiting this area near Farmington New Mexico!