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... meaning for their descendants.
We decided to take the longest hike, the 7.4 mile trek to Penasco Blanco that also took us through numerous petroglyphs along the way. It was warm, but we carried plenty of water and took our lunch with us. We really enjoy taking these hikes together. May we continue to be blessed with good health so that we can carry on this sort of activity for a long time to come!
... the ruins are actually from the ancient Pueblo people (like those of Mesa Verde fame), since the Aztecs never made it within 1,000km of here...but hey, don't let the truth get in the way of a great story, right? The site was interesting, and included a reconstructed Great Kiva (like a spiritual hall), but compared to the ruins you see elsewhere in Central/South America, or even at Mesa Verde, it was pretty small.
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... a rare example of surviving wood posts. Usually the organic materials deteriorate long before the site is discovered, but some wooden objects survive in this area because of the extremely dry climate.
The "great house" at Salmon ruins is very similar to the ones in Chaco Canyon and Aztec (below). The site originally had 150 rooms, mostly grouped in 4-room ...
... move until you walk the side trail." Finally she moved because she was really hot in the sun. When we got in the visitors center we got our junior ranger badge, and then walked back to the RV to eat lunch. Next we drove to a campsite by Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado. It was about an hour, and 17 minutes. When we got to the campsite we swam in a really nice pool. It was really fun. Finally we ate dinner and went to bed. ...
When I left Santa Fe, NM, I headed northwest to Aztec, NM. The name is really a misnomer because early settlers who found the site, thought it was the Aztec Indians that built the buildings, but in fact, it was the early Pueblo Indians that lived here. It is one of the largest and best preserved pre-Columbian, ancestral ruins in the Southwest. One of the largest of these sandstone pueblos, called the West Ruin was built around 1110 ad.