Holiday Inn Express Silver City
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We arrive at the dwellings, check out the visitors center, and go up to the dwellings. It's about a two mile walk to the dwellings and back, and you have to remember you're at high altitude. While not at the 7700 foot level, it was in the 6000's. You're up there and it's not as easy as climbing when you're at sea level. We live in the mountains, but our place is at 1200 feet above sea level. 7700 is quite a ...
... drove on past the world's largest chile and surprisingly the kids didn't want to stop and have their picture taken with it! Chiles are very popular in this part of the world and seem to be in everything. There was lots of roadside stands selling huge bundles of them. We saw lots of little sand storms along the road and had fun watching the tumbleweeds racing along next to ...
... our “target
park” for this stop! One we missed in our 2010 whirlwind trip east
ahead of the winter storms. The Gila Cliff Dwellings. They were as
they should be, remote. Aside from everything else, the park service provides a
kennel for dogs. On the way out of the canyon we heard barking,
not sure who's barking but BARKING! We were glad to find Gertie and
Copper waiting, quietly, while another ...
... to enter our camp area. Doug is his name and he's backpacking from Mexico to Cumbres Pass in CO. But, to this point he's been given two rides of about 80 miles and has walked about 15 while camping out 2 nights and moteling it the other two. He's a retired Pastor and survivor of a brutal fight with cancer. This is his victory celebration.
The last 4 miles to Emory pass were brutal, but the payoff was well worth it! ...
... the rooms. This group of cliff dwellings is one of only
a few that allows the public to climb into and explore the rooms. We were lucky to arrive at the base of the
dwellings when a volunteer ranger was beginning a program, he lead a small group
of people through the rooms explaining how the structures were built and how
the people lived. It was truly an awe
inspiring morning. After leaving the