Hello BlogWorld! Well, Garrett and I had a very nice day yesterday. We started off the morning with an excellent breakfast and then headed northwest to hike at  Bandelier National Monument.  We decided to hike the Tsankawi Trail which was about 1.5 mile walk along a mesa, viewing cavates, petroglyphs and the Ancestral Pueblo village of Tsankawi. It was nice that the park was open because back in July about 60% of the Park burned due to wildfires. 

It was nice getting out of the car this morning and seeing and smelling new vegetation and seeing people out and about utilizing the park after such destruction about a month ago. Forest fires are unfortunate but, are necessary in the life-cycle of a forest. Anyway, let’s get to the good stuff! 


Breakfast consisted of peanut butter, oatmeal, and sweet potatoes! Such a great way to start my morning….Erin ❤ SWEET POTATO





After breakfast we hit the road and made our way to the Monument. It took about an hour from Santa Fe and was well worth the drive. 


      The beginning of the hike. 








   Ladder up to the mesa. 









   Incline! It looks much worse in the picture. 








   Petroglyphs! The spiral symbol means water and motion. 









   Here I am inside a  cavate. It is a hollowed out portion of a cliff where someone could live, cook, sleep, and escape from the elements. This cavate was particularly tiny! 






The view from on top of the mesa. 






All in all we had a great time. We not only got some exercise but, got to experience how the Ancient Pueblos lived in the 1400s. Thanks Bandelier! 


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