Trip Start Aug 03, 2010
Trip End Feb 01, 2012

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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Next morning, we made it to Arizona. We met a group of people at Lake Powell vista where they were drinking a keg and listening to loud music, still celebrating a wedding from the night before. They were entertaining to say the least, we enjoyed talking and laughing with them.

Drove most of the day, ready for a break, we happened across Wupatki National Monument, which turned out to be a really cool spot (we'd never heard of it). There were ancient ruins from the sinagua people (sinauga means "without water" because they farmed and survived with very little rain). The ruins are in amazing shape for being almost 800 years old, they look like little red castles up on rock plateaus. The museum display has clay pots still fully in tact that were used to collect rainwater from the overhangs.

Walnut Canyon National Monument was also amazing, there are ruins from more of the sinagua people from around the same time period. These were built into the cliffs, using the overhangs as a roof and building a wall to close it off to the elements.
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