Wednesday 9/30/2015 -- no bike ride ;'-(
I was unhappy to not get in a ride today. Our itinerary had said (in two or three places) That we would "shuttle to Los Alomos , ... get on our bikes to ride to Bandelier National Monument". It would only be about a 16 mile ride, then "a quick walk brings us to striking cliff dwellings ... of the ancient Pueblo people". Our leaders discourged us from ridng because it was not very scenic, there was a lot of traffic with little shoulder, a steep hill down to the monument grounds and back out again, there was a lot of burned out area that was unattractive, and we would see a lot of unfriendly signs in Los Alomos telling us to "keep out" "no tresspassing" etc.. So none of us got to ride today.
The walk through the grounds was nice enough and I am not sorry I did it, but I have been to several cliff dwellings and ruins. I feel I would not have missed much if I had skipped this and done a bike ride -- even someplace else. If we were not to do this (advertised) ride, I feel it should have been taken off the itinerary. I will stop my rant now.
|How the village looked thousands of years ago|
|The ruins now|
|The "big" picture of the ruins|
|Walking the trail by the cliff dwellings|
Our drive to home has been very beautiful, but I did not feel that photos would do it justice. Majestic, overwhelming rugged and craggy mountains surrounded us as we drove through them on the "red" road (as opposed to the Interstate) through Utah. As well, we had beautiful, colorful mountains to view on our drive through New Mexico.
Here are the other photos from Bandelier:
|Ladders lead up to some of the swellings|
|Jeanie walking some of the trail|
|Bette-Ann, Jeanie and me sniffing the cinnamon scent of the Ponderosa Pine.|
This will be my last post unitl my trip in Michigan in a couple of weeks.