Tuesday, August 11, 2009
New Mexico: Tent Rocks National Monument - Aug 10
The guys found these "Apache Tears" at the top of the mesa. It is against the law to keep them so we threw them in the bushes before leaving the Monument. The stones look like raisins in this photo but are actually a semi-precious gemstone, a type of obsidian that looks like rounded pieces of glass. They are considered to be good luck. According to legend, the stones are the tears shed by the grieving wives and families of a band of Apache warriors who were killed by U.S. Military after the Apaches attacked an Arizona settlement.