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National Historic Park
July 13, 2002

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Jemez Springs Ruins



 

When we took this long drive through the desert, the countryside seemed very boring and frankly, to my mind, quite ugly. But then I began to notice how the layers of the mountains were so visible and looked like super sized parfaits - the horizontal layers of differing colors echoing time's passage and nature's furies, then the top layer standing vertically like huge temples or sentinels guarding what came before.
I particularly loved the red rock formations that reminded me so much of Sedona.
Chaco Canyon was at the end of a very long and extremely bumpy drive. This area was a major hub of the Pueblo Anasazi between A.D. 850 and 1250
It was amazing to me to see how the millions of handmade bricks were laid out so straight and uniformly even after all this time.
Here's a view of some kivas (meaning "world below") - underground ceremonial chambers or sanctuaries

It was a massive area but we didn't get to explore it all because a strong windstorm came up and the sand in our teeth became too uncomfortable.

The sun setting threw light on the formations making the drive back look completely different than on the way there.


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Stroll through the ruins of: Jemez Springs
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