Four Windows is a cave in the El Malpais National Monument lava tube area in New Mexico. When Ethel and I began trying to find a name for a small publishing company we were starting that hand published books we have written, we settled on Four Windows Press. Our son, Kevin Davis, known as Alazanto on the web, had passed away in Poughkeepsie, New York a few months before we decided to print books, and one of the most memorable hiking trips, in a lifetime of hiking trips, was to Four Windows Cave.
The El Malpais can be difficult to hike in, but is extraordinarily beautiful. Dark lava flows, cinder cones, pressure, ridges, natural bridges, and depressions and lava tube caves riddle the area. Elk, deer, rabbits, and mule deer wander invisible trails through lava, banana yucca, rabbit-brush, goldenaster, juniper, New Mexico olive, pinion, ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, and mountain spray. If you ever have the opportunity to wander through El Malpais, you will never forget it. Ethel and I hope that Four Windows Press, with the memories it brings us of our son smiling and laughing on a blazingly hot day, is as unique and unforgettable.
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