The Anasazi ruins at Canyon de Chelley National Park in Arizona.
One could possibly accuse me with having an obsession with all things Southwestern. And this would include the ancient native cultures of the region. For years I have been traveling to and studying the Anasazi culture of the Four Corners area of North America. My first real glimpse of the amazing culture and civilization of this group of people was in 1985 when Momo and I traveled to Mesa Verde where we spent a week or so camping and trekking the ruins of this phenomenal national park.
Since that fantastic summer, I have traveled there and to other Anasazi sites more times than I can recall. The most recent trip was a few years back when Som, Cokie and I spent six weeks road-tripping the various sites of Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado. One of our typical thematic trips, this one was titled “Our Anasazi Pilgrimage”! We visited and explored such sites as Mesa Verde (of course), Navajo National Monument, Canyon de Chelley National Park, Hovenweep National Monument, Chaco National Monument and Bandelier National Monument. We also added some fabulous pueblos and missions to add variety to the expedition.
Som was thoroughly impressed with the awesomeness of the culture and the spectacular nature of their ruins. Cokie was too young to really recall this trip but at least he can say he’s been there! Like he cares… I enjoy watching him look through the family albums anyway.
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