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Bandelier National Monument
July 16, 2002

Albuquerque
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My favorite site in Albuquerque was the ruins of the ancient cliff dwellings located within Bandelier National Monument, named for the man who "discovered" the site in 1880.

The ancestral Pueblo Anasazi people lived and thrived here for 400 years starting in about 1100 and raised several crops nourished by the permanent stream, El Rito de los Frijoles, until they apparently exhausted the natural resources.

The grounds were quite beautiful with the massive cliffs sloping to gently flowing water, the air freshly scented by huge ponderosa pine trees so unlike what you think you'd ever see in New Mexico, unique wildlife and wildly beautiful birds.

The cliff dwellings dotted the mountainsides and were beautiful architectural feats.
You could actually climb the ladders into some of the caves and get a feel for what it was like to survive in such primitive conditions.

Me, John & Lois

We had a great time climbing and walking the grounds and bird watching


Places I've
Been


Alaska

Canada
(Alaska trip)
  
Montreal
  
Victoria, BC

Cedar Point

Maine

New Orleans

New York
  Niagara Falls
  
After 9-11

Oregon
  2002-2003
  2004-2005
  
Oregon Coast/
CA Redwoods

Savannah
  
2002
  2007

Washington


National Parks
I've seen


Arches

Denali NP

Glacier NP

Grand Canyon

Grand Tetons

Olympic (WA)

Shenandoah

Yellowstone

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Crater Lake

Hot Springs

Sequoia

Yosemite

 
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Marvel at the massive: Chaco Canyon
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