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Semi-daily David No comments yet

Someone tends to wake up a little grumpy from afternoon nap. That’s all I’m sayin’…

 

Santa Fe – part 2 No comments yet

Here are some more pics from the Santa Fe trip. We took a day trip out to Bandelier National Park one day. It’s about an hour’s drive north-west of town in one of the mountain ranges that flank Santa Fe.

Most of the land around there is Native American reservation and undeveloped, and with everything all snowy it was a really beautiful drive. At the park headquarters you start a trail that takes you past the Tyuonyi Pueblo (village) ruins and then up to old cliff dwellings. Some of the dwellings are accessible from the path and you can climb up the wooden ladders and explore. Needless to say, this was a hit with the boys.

This is a picture of the village as it looked (as per historian’s guess) in its heyday. You can see what’s left in the pics in the gallery.

 

Apparently there are several of these pueblos in this particular valley, and many groups of cliff dwellings in the general area. The Tyuonyi Pueblo was first excavated at the beginning of the 21st century, when the local population had considerably less say about it. The other discovered pueblos remain unexcavated out of respect for the spirits of the ancestors, as per the wishes of the local tribes that believe they are descended from this civilization.

So it’s a really interesting and beautiful area to explore. And when you’re tired of history (which happens when you’re three), there’s always the snow.

 

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