Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Tent Rocks is a great place to go when the weather is good

The Tent Rocks National Monument is an excellent place to hike with kids ... when the weather is nice.

The hikes are short, less than two miles, and most of the terrain is easy enough for a young kid to go on.

But if the weather is bad, watch out! We were there last weekend and we could see that clouds were starting  to gather, and the sky was getting darker and darker.

The danger is that there could be a flash flood.  I mean, that's how the tent rocks were formed to begin with.  Volcanic rock and sedimentary rock were carved into these gnome village formations through thousand of years of water and wind blowing through them.

As we hiked the sky got darker, and our curiosity led us to go around the next bend, and then the next.  But finally, when we saw flashes of lightning in the sky, we started to go back.

We had to move fast because all the other hikers were hustling to their cars too.  One lady was saying that she's been in a flash flood, and doesn't want to do it again.

When we were only a few hundred yards from the car, a shooter-marble sized hail stone whizzed by our heads.  And then another.  Quinn started to run with Calvin in the backpack, and I ran behind him. We made it underneath a sign, just in time, before the hailstorm really hit. But at least we didn't get hit in the head with hail.