I picked up Alana at her apartment complex at 8:30am to head north to Bandelier National Monument where we could hike an unexcavated trail called the Tsankawi.
My great friend, Alana, was a trooper. She managed to get her 83-year old body all around this rocky terrain like a champ!
There were a number of caves occupied by the Pueblo people who lived here 700 years ago. "Bandelier's human history extends back for over 10,000 years when nomadic hunter-gatherers followed migrating wildlife across the mesas and canyons. By 1150 AD Ancestral Pueblo people began to build more permanent settlements," which we could see evidence of first-hand. (Quoted from the Bandelier National Monument website)
After our hiking adventure, we stopped in Taos for a late lunch and then headed back to Albuquerque. Overall it was a great day, and my last day seeing Alana until next time I return to the region.
Tomorrow another fair... Wellness and Arts. Then I leave for Sedona on Monday morning. I'm excited to see the next location!