Saturday, the 14th
On the way to Cortez, Colorado, we made the obligatory stop at Four Corners. We were underwhelmed by the lack of anything happening at Four Corners - a spot on a map in the middle of nowhere where the boundaries of Arizona, Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico meet. Perhaps it was the low season?
We enjoyed very nice accommodations at Kelly Place, which has a fine collection of black on white ware and stone projectile points found on the premises over the years.
Sunday, the 15th
Vicky and I prepared for our explorations by visiting the Anasazi Heritage Center.
Next, we visited Lowry Pueblo, in Canyons of the Ancients.
Vicky at Lowry Pueblo. The modern roof in the background protects a small, very well-preserved kiva.
I am always fascinated by the 700-900 year old timbers that still serve as roof beams or lintels at these pre-historic sites.
Off to Painted Hands Pueblo.
The eponymous hands. We walked past them twice.
Holly Tower and Holly House.
You can walk the length and breadth of the pueblo on well-marked (but rough) trails.
Spectacular views make it possible to imagine Sand Canyon in the days it was a thriving community.
Tuesday, the 17th
An artist's impression of the Sand Canyon Pueblo. We saw this at the Crow Canyon Archeological Center Tuesday morning.
Tuesday afternoon we drove home through New Mexico on Highway 491 so we could have a look at Ship Rock. It's on private property so we shot from the Red Rock Highway in a stiff wind. We took dozens of photos. I like this one best. "Ship Rock, known as Tse Bitai, or 'the winged rock' in Navajo, is a volcanic neck, or the central feeder pipe of larger volcanic landform which has since eroded away." From New Mexico Bureau of Geology & Mineral Resources