S: Seasons of Change
FC: Our 2011 Road Trip
1: The first area we explored was Sedona, Arizona.
2: We took in the sights. We loved the Snoopy formation.
3: We hiked in Oak Creek Canyon. | There were 12 stream crossings!
4: We went on a short drive to Jerome. Jerome is a ghost town that has become a haven for artists and tourists. It had great views, cute shops and good food.
5: Next we headed into Navaho Country. This is Canyon deChelley. We stayed in a very quiet, primitive campground near Spider Rock.The scenery was stunning. The Indian ruins were at the bottom of the canyon. We toured along the ridge and stopped at each scenic pull-out. At each stop we were greeted by vendors selling their goods.
6: s | The ruins were from about 800 A.D. These were the ancestral Pueblans. They lived in the canyon and farmed in the valley below. I'm not sure if that is a fossil footprint but I thought it was interesting.
7: Four Corners. Here is the only place in the United States where four states meet at one point. Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado. A fun spot for a photo.
8: We met Carole and Chuck in Bloomfield, New Mexico. We used Bloomfield for a base camp while we explored the area with Carole and Chuck. Carole is an expert in pre Pueblan Indians and shared what she knew with us. First we went to Aztec Ruins in Bloomfield. It is misnamed and is really not Aztec.
9: We were able to walk around the excavated site and see things up close.
10: Intricate brick work | Doorways all in a row | Corner | T shaped doorway | Corner window | Reconstructed kiva
11: Animals we saw along the way.
12: Chaco Culture National Historical Park (Chaco Canyon) is an amazing and mysterious place. There are several excavated sites that people believe housed hundreds of people each. The sites circled around the edges of a canyon. It was a major center for the pre Pueblan civilization.
13: We spent a day exploring and hiking and trying to imagine the lives of the people who had lived there.
14: Taos, New Mexico | There was so much to do. We went to the wool festival, Taos Pueblo, and the Millicent Rogers Museum
15: We loved the adobe and the blue doors!
16: The gorge of the Rio Grande River is breathtaking.
17: The mountains nearby were showing off their fall colors.
18: Santa Fe, New Mexico This is the historic plaza. It was raining when we got there. It was almost deserted, but beautiful.
19: Santa Fe is known for art museums and galleries, old doors, adobe buildings and red chillies.
20: We loved the adobe buildings. | The second one from the top is the "oldest house". The church on the right is San Miguel Church, build in the 1600s.
21: These were a few of our favorite things! | A neat bench, tree carvings, beaded boots, and a really old pot.
22: We went on a hike in the desert to see old mines.
23: Weather prohibited us from seeing a mass ascension up close. But we caught a little of it on our way through Albuquerque.
24: Historic Route 66, the main street of America, used to stretch from Chicago to LA. Now there are some remnants in Arizona. | This is one of the route 66 memorials.
25: Painted desert, petroglyphs, and petrified forests. This was a day of surprises.
26: The Grand Canyon | The rock in the middle 1840 million years old.
27: We found it fitting that the trip would end with a full moon over the Grand Canyon.