Blue Lake Ranch
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TravelPod Member ReviewsBlue Lake Ranch Hesperus
We stayed at the Inn on the lake it was the most amazing place I have ever stayed with views of the mountains and the most amazing breakfast . I really cant say enough nice things about this place just wish I could have stayed for longer
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2/4 Both woke up with a bit of a hangover and feeling a bit grumpy. I went down for breakfast on my own as Charlie said he was still full up from the posh burgers and chips . I think I was the last person down for breakfast which was handy as I grabbed lots of bread and sat there and made a bunch of sarnies for the trip . Packing seemed to take me …
... to see the site. You really notice the rarified air when you climb. John then did a similar tour of Balcony house, smaller but less accessible, with numerous ladder and a crawl out tunnel at the end.
Then, after lunch, drove along the rim and a bush walk of 2km to two lookouts. One across to look at Balcony House - looked tiny tucked under the cliffs. Then another lookout across Soda Canyon. Breathtaking ...
... Hogan is a native shelter. Conical "male" ones are moved around; round "female" ones are more permanent, made of mud with wooden frames. They also have a smaller dry sauna, heated with hot rocks, that cleans by sweating but no water.
Also saw two areas with holes in the roof and arches, one called the "Sun's Eye" and another "The Moccasin".
Back at the Visitor Centre, good exhibition on the Navajo Code Talkers of WW2.
... to anyone - but it's so popular with the locals, probably best to go outside "office" lunch time. We only had coffee and shared a panini (which was scrumptious) but we spent a lot of time talking to the owners who were about our age. So the lunch break was an hour plus! Tierra Amarillo is a shadow of its former self, with just a few hundred people these days. Check it out here ...
... into some of the old buildings, but never forget that you're visiting an ancient, really really sensitive archaeological site (equals: don't leave your rubbish in the canyon!). The tour ended after about 60 minutes and we climbed up the (dangerously steep, narrow, slippery, deathly... none of it all :D) ladder, back into modern reality ;)
We drove the Mesa Top Loop and visited the Pit houses and villages, which are mostly covered under tents to ...