Today's destination is nearby Pecos National Park to see the ruins of Pecos Pueblo, a 900 year old 700 room multilevel complex and the remains of a 17th century Spanish mission church named Nuestra Senora de los Angeles de Porciuncula de los Pecos (that was easy!).
|From Santa Fe I-25 North actually will take us in a southeasterly direction.|
The museum was filled with very old treasures -- some dating back to the 1300's! Here are some of my favorite displayed pieces.
|This is one of the very oldest pieces of pottery from the area.|
|This one was used for cooking?|
|The pouch that looks like a pillow is actually filled with silver coins.|
Two pieces of rawhide were stitched together, filled with silver coins and then soaked in water.
This caused the pouch to shrink and hold the coins firmly inside.
|Actress Greer Garson and her husband Colonel E.E. Fogelson|
Photographer error resulted in the blurred image.
At their death, they left $1.5 Billion Dollars and vast acreage to Pecos National Park
Pecos National Park lies between the Sangre de Christo Mountains and Glorieta Pass in Pecos Valley. For over 10,000 years this land has unfolded continuously changing cultures. It is believed they came in this order: Pueblo and Plains Indians, Spanish conquerors and missionaries, Mexican and Anglo armies and then settlers traveling the Santa Fe Trail.
The Puebloan people created special places below ground called Kivas used for ceremonial and social gatherings. There were a couple of Kivas along the trail. In the photo above, the Kiva is the closest large, round, dirt-covered area.
|That's me crawling down into a Kiva. |
Kivas represent a step back to a person's origins and allow a closer communion with the spirits of the underworld.
I did not want any communion with the underworld so I didn't go all the way down into this Kiva.
|There are many of these stone walled depressions. |
They mark the excavation areas for the Archaeologists who worked here for over a decade.
|And so Lexie and Ozzie will stay in the stroller here.|
|There's breathtaking scenery all around.|
|Part of the Mission Complex|
|The Wayner is threatening to jump into the Kiva. |
I threatened to close the door on him if he did.
|Along the walk back to the Visitors Center|
|Some of the common grass we're seeing a lot in the area. |
I don't know what it is but it's deep green with bright red ends.
|Frankie's Casa Nova Grill|
|Inside the restaurant|
On our way out of the area along the Santa Fe Trail, we stopped in to see the historical markers for the Civil War Battlefield at Glorieta Pass.
|The Glorieta Battle is known as "the Gettysburg of the West"|