8 hours ago
Sunday, December 7, 2014
Capulin Volcano National Monument
Stopped by a volcano in New Mexico on our way from OKC to Pueblo, Colorado. First thing I saw was the emergency phone in the parking lot. I said, "Hey! That looks just like the phone that used to be on the Timpanogos Cave Trail!" K said, "That IS the phone that used to be on the Timpanogos Cave Trail. They got it from us!" And then I remembered hearing about that somewhere.
You don't even know how many times I've hiked past that phone! You don't even know how many people pushed the emergency button even when they didn't have an emergency. You don't even know how poorly that phone worked. You don't even know how glad I was that upon it's installation, Arlo was already dead (but I was sure he was rolling over in his grave), because it just didn't belong on that beautiful trail. You don't even know how glad I was when they removed it.
So when we left the volcano and went down to the Visitor Center, I asked the ranger, "Hey! Did you guys get that emergency phone from Timpanogos Cave?" She admitted she didn't know. But we knew. She went on to say, "It doesn't work very well." We nodded and chuckled. And then she said, "All the farmers and ranchers around here complain about that crazy blue light at night." Uh huh.
Anyway, the volcano was great. There were several in the area. We walked a bit of the trail along the rim on top, but it was hard for me due to my injury.