Linda Marie Bagley

From Rural to Urban Living

This is to my friends and family. I have decided to share some of the ins and outs of this dramatic move from Bloomfield, NM to the big city, Albuquerque (ABQ). At first my thought was, “OMG! I can’t handle the traffic; I can’t handle the people; I can’t handle the thought that they have to spray about every three weeks to make sure we don’t have cockroaches…CITYWIDE!!!

One of the things that I have always been fascinated by are volcanoes and petrified wood. Between Bloomfield and ABQ, west of Route 550, there is a massive volcanic field with several good-sized volcanic plugs. See the following link:

Rio Puerco / Cabezon Volcanic Necks | New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science[NK1] 

Near the Petroglyph National Monument are something like FIVE small volcanos (or cinder cones, depending on who you ask 

The edge of the lava flow is obvious in this picture. That is Albuquerque to the right. The larger ones are called “The Three Sisters.”

The Sandia Mountains are beautiful, too, especially when the clouds blanket the tops of them in the morning and at sunset, which reflects off of them.

Sometimes, during storms, the clouds creep over the top of the mountains like slow waves crashing on the beach. I didn’t have my camera with me the day I saw it but when I do, I’ll add a picture of that, as it is incredible.