October 18, 2013
On Friday morning we headed out to Chimayo where we got to watch a weaver make an Indian rug. The rugs they make by hand are all one of a kind and quite pretty. I would have bought one but it does not fit my décor which is “early American garage”.
We also visited the Santuario de Chimayo church which is a simple little church but one with a fascinating history. Apparently pilgrims make pilgrimages to this church because it has special healing dirt.
After lunch we went to the Pueblo Indian Cultural Center which is a museum covering the history of the Pueblo Indians.
Then it was on to Albuquerque where we started this journey. We visited the plaza where the town was originally located. Because the rail came through a mile and one half away, the town moved to be near the railroad. Now the town bridges the two and they use the part in between to shoot “Breaking Bad’
October 19, 2013
Today we started with a lecture and then off to Petroglyphs National Monument. This is a place where ancient taggers got their start. No one knows what the symbols mean or why they were put there but there are thousands of them there. I think they are there because of a lack of MTV.
Sponge Bob Square Pants-How hard was that?
Then it was off to the Acoma Pueblo which is remarkable for how extensive it is and how long it has been in one spot and how high it is. It is called Sky City today and is on a large Mesa that is four hundred feet above the valley floor. A few people still live there but all of the homes are owned and maintained as casual homes for the people that own them.
The highlight was the walk down this incredibly ill formed path back down to the valley.
Then we returned to Pueblo Sheraton for our last meal. The Pueblo Sheraton is a fairly modern hotel with towels that are so fluffy that I am going to have trouble getting my suitcase closed.
We said our goodbyes as most of us will be off on out way home in the morning. I will be on the road for the next couple of days so I will sign off for this time.