Ancient Indian Dwellings.

A few days ago I departed Oklahoma and headed toward Flagstaff, Arizona where I am today.  Along the way I came through the northern New Mexico mountains.  From the town of Eagle Nest, all the way to just south of Taos it snowed!  It wasn’t a lot of snow but it was snow… it was quite a change from the sunny 88 degree weather I experienced in Stillwater, Oklahoma just a few days before.  One thing I have learned about traveling through mountains anywhere in the world, expect the unexpected, you never know when it may snow.  I made it from the Oklahoma panhandle all the way to Gallup, New Mexico in one day.  I arrived late in the evening in Gallup and decided to spend the night so I could visit Richardson’s Trading Post in the morning.  I love the place and try to stop anytime I’m passing through Gallup.  Richardson’s is a must visit store, everything indian art related, like blankets, pottery, jewelry and the like, plus western saddles and leather goods can be found there!
Richardson’s Trading Post in Gallup, New Mexico, a MUST visit store!

I stopped at the KOA in Flagstaff on highway 89 just east of downtown.  It’s one of the nicest KOAs I have ever visited.  I wanted to do some laundry and have a hot shower after a few days of traveling and truck-camping.  The campground is a great place to base out of as you explore the Grand Canyon and local attractions like Sedona.  The campground is also popular with European travelers so don’t be surprised if you hear 7 or 8 foreign languages being spoken there!

I have passed the Wupatki National Monument at least a dozen times in the last 10 years going north or south on highway 89 but never stopped to visit.  Yesterday I decided to explore the park, and what a great place it is.  The park is home to numerous stone structures built by the Ancient Pueblo People about 1000 years ago.  The area flourished between 1040 and 1100 AD, shortly after the eruption of the nearby Sunset Volcano, making the normally dry soil, rich in volcanic material!

The lava flow from the Sunset Volcano near Flagstaff, Arizona.
Some of the ruins at the Wupatki National Monument.
The “Big House” at the Waputki National Monument.
A worship circle at the Waputki National Monument.
A ballfield where indians played a game similar to lacrosse.
An ancient home of the Pueblo People overlooking the grasslands.
A box canyon with the San Francisco peaks in the background.
My version of “cowboy steak.”  Steak, mushroom and tomato sauce… very tasty!

Now I’m off to Overland Expo 2014, and I hope to see some of my readers there!