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A Million Little Pieces Of My Mind

Last Trip to Shiprock

By: Paul S. Cilwa Viewed: 3/4/2024
Occurred: 7/15/2023
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Topics: #Autobiography
Driving the uncharted roads of unhappy endings.

I had a friend who is from Shiprock, New Mexico. We had an awesome relationship, until issues I won't go into came up and we could no longer be together. He asked me to drive him home and I agreed. This post isn't about him or our breakup; it's just an opportunity to post the photos I took along the way.

The trip to New Mexico was uneventful. It was, however, the first time I made the drive in my Tesla. So I spent about a quarter as much recharging the battery, as I would have in gas.

A monocline is a geological feature characterized by a single, steeply inclined flexure or bend in rock layers. It creates an asymmetric fold in the Earth's crust, with one side of the rock layers dipping more steeply than the other. Monoclines often form in response to tectonic forces and can be found in various geological settings. They are distinct from more complex folding structures like anticlines and synclines, which involve multiple bends in rock layers.

The area around Shiprock is festooned with geologic features known as monoclines. The Shiprock formation itself is a monocline. The above isn't the Shiprock, but is an example of a monocline nevertheless.

In the town of Shiprock, I spotted this hilarious juxtposition (which i'm certain was intentional).

The Tesla has a glass roof. I'm not crazy about it in Phoenix, because with this year's intense heat the sun bruns through the glass and makes my head hot. But it was cooler in northern New Mexico, and I took this photo of a cloud overhead through it.

And, finally, back to Arizona!

But then, to add insult to injury, when I got home, I discovered someone had damaged my car, presumably while I was sleeping in a motel, since that was the only time I wasn't in it.