Excursion to Tsankawi Trail

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.

The 2-hour drive from Albuquerque to Bandelier was beautiful

My great friend, Alana, was a trooper. She managed to get her 83-year old body all around this rocky terrain like a champ!

Here's the champ with Whisper

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)

In this case, holes were chiseled into the rock for ceiling support beams
Inside one of the caves were even smaller nooks that could have been used to store things. (At least that's what I'd use them for! Closets.) Now that I've been living in a van, this type of dwelling didn't seem that primitive to me!
This was the view from the top of the main mesa.
Driving Home into the Sunset

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!

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