Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Hangin' with the Ancients

Meanwhile, back at the ranch....

We have ancient pueblo ruins just down the road from our place in New Mexico. They're part of the Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument. I visited Abo recently and took some pictures. Rather than bore you with a tour guide-y rendition of what you can read online, I'll liven up your day with some pictures.

I felt the same way visiting Abo as I did at the Little Bighorn battlefield in Montana. There's something about a place once settled by another people, or where a significant historical event happened, that fills my mind and body. It's not a creepy thing. I feel akin somehow to the hidden souls when I'm near these places.

I always pick the middle of the week to visit so usually no one else is around. That way, the whispers I hear are not from this time.

Watch your step now...


penni Wednesday, August 19, 2009 5:14:00 PM  

The missions are so splendid, surrounded by clean clear air and that blue, blue sky. But don't you wonder how people with no back hoes or trucks moved all that stone and placed it so precisely?

the7msn Wednesday, August 19, 2009 5:59:00 PM  

I'll let you in on a little secret. Even when you go to New Mexico's state parks, ruins, monuments, etc. on the weekends, there are rarely any people around. Shhh...don't tell anyone...they may all start to move here.

Sue Thursday, August 20, 2009 2:41:00 AM  

Very beautiful photos. My husband and I are heading out that way shortly to see my new grandson in Arizona. We've never driven thru New Mexico and are looking forward to it. Your pics only increased our desire to see the state!

2Grandmas2 Thursday, August 20, 2009 8:22:00 AM  

Beautiful, and I know what you mean about that "feeling" when around something like that. The history just seems to seep into my every cell. It sometimes saddens me how throw away our society is; almost as if we have no history.

sonia a. mascaro Thursday, August 20, 2009 9:22:00 AM  

Great photos! I would love to know this amazing place!

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