Peace and Serenity

Trip Start Jan 09, 2012
Trip End Jun 04, 2012

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Homolovi Ruins State Park

Flag of United States  , Arizona
Friday, May 4, 2012

I got an early start from Holbrook yesterday and easily made the forty or so miles to Homolovi (Hame-uh-lahvi) Ruins State park,  just five miles from Winslow, Arizona.  This park encompasses the site of a large pueblo once inhabited by the indigenous peoples from north of here.  They came from Second Mesa and stayed here, along the Little Colorado River and farmed the area.  It is estimated that the pueblo was as large as twelve hundred rooms and had a population of nine hundred to a thousand folks.  

The campground itself, is in the open rolling hills of the prairie.  There are about fifty sites.  When I arrived, there were only five RVs in place.  The host, Elaine, is an outgoing and friendly lady.  She told me to pick a site and she’d drop by and take care of payment.  We visited a bit and she gave me a brochure outlining the area and the campground.  It’s $25 a night, which includes electricity and water, restrooms and showers.  It’s now being “sponsored” by the Hopi Tribe through the State of Arizona.  There are two “orange men”, prisoners, from nearby that help our several days a week, working under the direction of the Host.  

Elaine and her husband have been here since last mid-October and love it.  She’s a wealth of information and willingly shares it with us newcomers.  They will be going back to their home in Colorado tomorrow, Saturday, but hope to return again later this year.

I got well-settled at site 26 and then the ever-present wind dropped by.  This was about noontime.  There was a group of archeologists working about a hundred yards from my site.  I noticed that they moved out shortly after windtime.  

I hung around home and sat in the sun for awhile, not really feeling the eighty degree heat due to the breeze.  There had been a family at the site next to me.  The must have left a few pieces of bread, since a large raven was scanning the area and dropped down to fetch what remained of the bread.  I got only one shot of him, since the breeze kept him “flying’ low”, so to speak.  The cloud formations were intriguing, so I included a few shots of them too.

It’s prairie here, with rolling hills and not too far from the Little Colorado.  It’s low now, but flows well during the monsoon season, in July and August.  Some of the flora is in bloom or about to.  I spotted a rabbit this morning and got a shot of him.  Long ears and all, he tried to hide in a bush.  The Fuji captured him, however.

Last night, after a hasty dinner, I rode Dolores down to Homolovi Ruins I to watch and capture the sunset.  I was alone there and could definitely feel the spirit of this sacred place.  It’s held in high esteem by the Hopi, who come here for ceremonies.  The sunset was amazing and, due to the clouds, covered about a ninety degree arc of the horizon.  The highest mountains in Arizona, up to 12,000+ feet in elevation, the San Francisco Range, could be seen in the distance.  Snow still remains at the high up.

The wind died as the sunset disappeared and it was a dark and beautiful night with an almost-full moon.  As I rose to close the roof vent, I spotted it, in all of it’s glory.  I got of it radiating through the screen.  Oh well...that’s what I do.

This morning, I arose early enough to see the sun  rise.  It’s a quick process here on the prairie.  Fortunately, I always have the Fuji at the ready and got a quick shot.  Shorty is aimed right at the spot, so it helps warm up after a night of 45 degrees.

After talking with Lynnie and wishing her a Happy Fortieth Wedding Anniversary, I set out to see Homolovi II, the large pueblo.  It’s about a five mile round trip from here.

Again, I was early enough that I was alone at the site.  It sits atop a large hill in full view of Winslow.  Much of it has been pillaged by “pot hunters” years ago, but some of the rooms are still evident.  The ground, in places, is littered with pottery shards.  It was a calm morning, so I spent some time visiting there.  The spirit of those who went before is strong here.

A few folks showed up later, as I was leaving.  I could sense their respect and true interest in what lay before them.  It’s a good feeling to be among like-minded people.

The rest of the day I spent editing photos and sitting in the sun.  Of course, I start the day in my spiritual way and then go online for more contact with folks in the program and check email and such.  There’s great cell-phone service here, so the ‘net is quick and enjoyable.

Again, thanks to you who have stopped by.
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kenny on

i do

jerry on

Excellent as per usual

ferd on

very nice sunrises and sets! The shards of pottery, from scavengers? When was it looted I wonder, how long ago! I bet there really is ghost/spirit like presence in those places....very cool! Hugs

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