I was driving down the road in New Mexico on my way to White Sands when suddenly the soil changed from it's customary red to black. Wondering what had happened, I pulled over and explored a bit. The rock was clearly volcanic, and this was clearly a lava flow. Not sure what I was seeing I took a picture of the GPS so I could look up the location latter. However, after driving a bit more I came Valley of Fires Recreation Area. I discovered this was Carrizozo Malpais
, a lava flow around 5,000 years ago. What I found interesting is that while we most often associate lava flows volcanoes, there were no volcanoes around. The land was hilly, and there were mountains far away, but no mountains near by. Turns out the flow came from a small vent on the north east corner of the flow. This was a very cool find.