Posted by: sunnyharvy | April 27, 2014

Phenomenal Tsankawi

Tsankawi (pronounced sank-ah-WEE), a separate section of Bandelier National Monument about 11 miles north of the main entrance, offers an amazing 1.5 mile loop hike on a more primitive trail. Here we walked in the pathways worn by the bare feet of ancient Puebloan inhabitants. Our surroundings included the remains of a large un-excavated village, cave dwellings, and many petroglyphs (drawings carved in rock).

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Wildflowers atop the mesa.

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 Trail…what trail? Looks like a sheer cliff to me.

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 OH… that’s the trail! Al’s acrophobia was truly tested.

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A room with a view. The ancient Puebloans cultivated those fields below.

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A few pottery shards and rock fragments kindly left by previous hikers for others to appreciate.

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This hike was a truly amazing experience, which we will long remember. Our next destination: Santa Fe, where we plan to weather the upcoming storm with haRVy nestled next to our friend Christopher’s house. Heavy winds and some snow or sleet are in the forecast. Gotta love April weather, right?

 

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  1. We follow all your posts. Your photos continue to look great….and so does Al! Keep up the good posts!


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