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Monday, February 11, 2013
CONTINUED: ALBUQUERQUE, NM
we hung around the camper for a short while then grabbed the camera and headed
to the Three Sisters side of the Petroglyph National Monumentto
climb a volcano.
Albuquerque in 2008 we had visited the Rinconada
Canyon Petroglyphssection of this national monument and had really
enjoyed hiking the canyon to see how many petroglyphs we could spot.
If you aren’t
familiar with petroglyphs they are rock engravings done by early man by
scraping, or carving into the rocks.If
you have ever watched “Ancient Aliens” on various television stations or the
computer you are familiar with the ‘artwork” they refer to as depictions of the
aliens, similar to the photos at the right.Whether or not you believe in aliens the
artwork is interesting to look at.Rinconada Canyonis one of the best places we have found in our
travels so far throughout the US to view an abundance of such drawings.
Petroglyphs are pictures, while the rune stones are writings.
part about the Rinconada Canyon Petroglyphs,
is you can get right up to them and truly study them.In many parks they are behind barriers.They are so plentiful in this volcanic field
that you could hike for over a day and not see them all. The canyon is 2.49
miles of fairly easy hiking on sandy soil if you do not climb the rocks to look
at the higher up petroglyphs.
plenty worth photographing in this canyon, so I recommend you make sure your
batteries in your camera or cell phone are fully charged and you have a lot of
space on your storage device.
In 2008 we
hiked the entire length of the canyon for most of a day and saw thousands of
petroglyphs.The park has free entry,
but they request you be out of it by dark.
hike we lost track of time and by the time we reached the back of the canyon
the sun was setting fast.We walked
slowly back to the exit due to being very tired by this time until…
started howling very close by and getting closer by the second. Then for some strange reason we had more pep in
our step and found that by walking straight down the path we could exit the
canyon fairly quickly. I'm sure the coyotes were snickering at us as we scurried out of the canyon just behind the rabbits that were running for their lives.
were already hiked the canyon previously we decided on that day to go to the
other side of the park and climb one of the volcanoes and look for the
petroglyphs on that side.
In 2008 we
had tried to visit the three volcanoes of the PetroglyphNational Park but had discovered that they were working on the road and
parking area and we were unable to enter this side of the free park at that
The park is
not very far from our campground, but due to the lateness of our getting
started on this part of our visit we decided to only hike to the closest of the
three volcanoes, the Black Volcano.
The hike is
of moderate stress level to walk until you get actually to the dormant volcano,
but the last bit of climbing up the volcano itself can be a bit of a strain for
some of us older overweight folks.
enjoyed the hike both there and back we did not make it all the way to the
top.Near the top of the volcano I ran
into a section of rock that was too tall for me to scale and feel safe in
doing so.While younger folks scampered
past us with no difficulty I simply could not get up on that rock. So we
satisfied ourselves with sitting on the rocks near the top and taking photos of
the scenery.Then started our hike back out of the
The day was unusually
warm, so by the time we reached the truck we had both drained our water bottles
and were anxious for the truck’s excellent air conditioning.
Once we had
cooled down a bit and drank a second bottle of water we decided to have dessert
first and dinner later so it was off to get fuel and a hot fudge sundae.Hey we are on vacation right?
Back at the
camper I fixed Sausage and Peppers for
dinner then we spent the remainder of the evening on our computers and
staying another day at Albuquerque, but the confusing forecast of 65 degrees
with SNOW made us think that perhaps we would be better off leaving the next
morning. 65 and snow? And I thought Oklahoma had some weird forecasts.
So it was to
bed fairly early after tidying up the camper to prepare for the next day’s
enjoyed her hike far more than the drive through Old Town in Albuquerque, NM.