Weekly Photo Challenge: Abandoned

Bandelier National Monument is a 33,677-acre National Monument in New Mexico preserving remains of homes of the Ancestral Pueblo People. Human presence in this area can be traced back 10,000 years but permanent settlements in Bandelier date from two time periods – 1150 to 1600 CE (common era). By 1550 the Ancestral Pueblo people had moved from their homes here to pueblos along the Rio Grande (Cochiti, San Felipe, San Ildefonso, Santa Clara, Santo Domingo).

Bandelier was established as a National Monument by President Woodrow Wilson in 1916 and now receives close to 200,000 visitors each year. The Rustic Style visitor services buildings at the monument were built during the 1920’s and 1930’s by the Civilian Conservation Corps and are the largest group of CCC-built structures in a National Park area. Los Alamos, New Mexico is the closest town and the monument was closed to the public for several years during WWII so it could serve as private housing for Manhattan Project Scientists and military personnel developing the atom bomb.

My last visit to this canyon was 8 years ago and I wish I had a few photos of the CCC buildings to share but looking through my files today reminds me I was more interested in capturing the cliff dwellings and remains of Kivas on the ground.  If I have the opportunity to return I’ll be sure to expand my range and explore the more recent structures too.

Posted as part of the Weekly Photo Challenge:  Abandoned

A Word A Week: Face

This week Sue’s dictionary has opened to the word FACE  and  I have two faces to post from a memorable trip to Santa Fe, NM.

This first “face” was a spooky surprise in the rocks during a visit to Bandelier National Monument. We were the only people on the trail at dusk as a thunder-storm rolled in…the perfect setting for a ghost story.


This second face is my son at the end of our vacation after refusing to eat anything but Nachos for an entire week…  We are returning to Santa Fe next month and Ryan promises he will try a few new things and eat more than just chips and cheese!

Face 2

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Travel Theme: Time

This week Alisa at Where’s my backpack has chosen Time as her weekly Travel Theme.  I am always watching the time trying to coordinate multiple projects and schedules for both my work and my family so I thought this would be an easy post to illustrate with a great image.  A quick look through my pictures though didn’t uncover a single image of an interesting clock or anything that immediately said “time”.  Apparently when I am out having fun and taking pictures I don’t want to be reminded that the hours are passing and the lists are waiting to be checked off!

I decided to post two pictures today from a memorable trip to Santa Fe, NM.  This was my third visit to the area and each time I am there I love the contrasts between the lush green of my home state and the old Adobe architecture and history of New Mexico.

Santa Fe

This street is just off the popular Santa Fe Plaza and the buildings date from the early 1600’s.  If you look closely at the center of the sidewalk you can see a stop sign that was cut to fit between the posts and roofline directing modern car traffic to wait for pedestrians at the cross walk.  I like to think its a reminder to stop hurrying through the day and take a look at what is around you.


This picture is from Bandelier National Monument  and shows the entrance to one of the amazing cliff dwellings that fill this valley.  The Ancestral Pueblo people lived here from approximately 1150 CE to 1550 CE and the modern ladders allow each visitor to climb up into the caves and take a moment to feel what it would have been like to call them home.

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