|Entry to the National Monument and Visitors Center|
On Saturday, we visited Petroglyph National Monument. I inquired at the visitors center and asked a few questions. Wayne isn't thrilled at the prospect of stomping around in the desert sun. He's content to wait under the awning.
|Really dry here|
|Waiting on the patio of the visitors center.|
|Dry chili peppers|
|Looks like a scorpion and a falling star to me.|
|The circular one in this picture is my favorite|
|No petroglyphs here that I can see but the rock against the bright blue sky is sure pretty.|
According to the National Park Service pamphlet, people of long ago chipped away at lava rock leaving a gray mark and it lasts 'till this day. The American Indians believe these imnages are as old as time, but archeologists estimate that most of the markings were made 400-700 years ao by ancestors of the American Indians. The pamphlet instructs visitors NOT to touch the rocks as body oil will make the marks disappear. Now, I ask, does it seem logical that these markings were not touched for 400 years? I dunno.
|The petroglyphs (aka pile of rocks) is behind my groom.|
From the Boca Negra Canyon display of petroglyphs we drove around to Piedras Marcadas Canyon where we took Lexie and Ozzie out of the car for a little stroll. We had to be careful about snakes!
|The view from the picnic area at Piedras Marcadas Canyon|
|Always with those binoculars. So studious.|
|My two favorite guys.|
Lunchtime is drawing near so we're off to find some eats! More stuff in Albuquerque to see afterward!