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May 6, 2010

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Breaking Boundaries Has Rewards

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So often life in the US is lived within a bubble. Lines are followed without being aware that they are there. New boundaries are accepted with little fuss. Stay behind the yellow line, take off your shoes for the x-ray machine, buy a new water after security. Sorry for the inconvience, here’s some antibacterial hand gel? How did we get along before all of these things?

Well I haven’t had a proper shower in three days, explored Indian ruins at 4 different sites without a guide or barriers, and am filling my water bottles from any faucet I can find, all without regrets. Ok, staying at a place with a shower is a priority today.

 

The last few days have turned out to be just what I’d hoped for on this trip. Each day I’ve woke up with no plan or agenda. I’ve opened up my atlas picked a road or two and started riding. That’s taken me to the Three Rivers Petroglyph site with over 20,000 rock carvings, a trio of Indian villages occupied during Spanish expansion into New Mexico, and Tinkertown in Sandia NM.

Only an hour north of White Plains National Monument are the Three Rivers Petroglyphs. Made by the Jornada Mogollon Indians over 600 years ago, the site is nestled below the 12,000 foot peak of Sierra Blanca which was capped with snow at the start of my visit and bare when leaving. The same snow I had driven through on my way to White Plains no doubt.

Ram With Arrows In It

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Ram With Arrows In It

 

A brochure is provided to point out several of the most intracate and unique carvings and to offer an interpretation of their meaning. There are no known desecdants of the Jornada Indians. It’s not even know why this location was used for their carvings. Even with these unknowns and perhaps partly because of them it let me feel like an amateur archeologist. Easy to do when a new carving is seen with nearly every turn. Still, each one was a new discovery for me keeping the excitment alive througout.

Flying Bird

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Flying Bird

 

While there was a slow but steady stream of visitors it is common to find yourself alone appreciating the artistry of the works and pondering the lives that created them. Was anyone allowed to draw?

Or were they learning their craft?

The main path to follows along the spine of a hill with frequent branches to the side. I enjoyed being on the sides just as much to find some hidden treasures. Looking back up the hill also allowed me to see the bigger picture and not be so focused on individual rocks.

Happy Lizard

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Happy Lizard

 

From the camp area there is a short hike in the opposite direction to three excavated home sites. The oldest, was nothing more than a shallow depression with the excavated material used for walls which would have had a hide or thatch roof. Stones were eventually used for walls with pole roof supports in the middle allowing for some separation within the huts and more headroom. The last was a much larger structure which would have held several families.

I’ve been to a couple of petroglyph sites before in the southwest and one in Hawaii. Three Rivers had vastly more carvings and more intricate ones than any other I’ve been to. Including the walk to the homes all of the site can be seen in two hours. If you’re out at White Sands NM head up this way for a totally different experience than what you find at the more touristed sites.

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  1. Mama Setz
    May 7 2010

    I remember seeing the petroglyphs in Hawaii and trying to guess what some of the messages were or why they were written. Great, clear pictures. I just saw Skip at Chili’s and he said he’s following your new adventures.

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  2. May 7 2010

    Oh man I love roadtripping the Southwest. Hubby and I live in Austin and we’re planning on making a trip of our own soon. New Mexico has to be one of my most favorite places in the world – so many things to see from culture to nature. Kudos to you and this trip. Looking forward to the updates!

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    • May 10 2010

      I really enjoyed New Mexico. The biggest surprise is that I thought it would be hot or at least warm here. I think it only hit the 80’s once in ten days with 40’s at night.

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  3. May 10 2010

    You are living the dream…shower or not! The great thing about solo travel is no one else has to smell you!

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    • May 10 2010

      I just need to remember to stay upwind of myself 🙂

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  4. Jun 3 2010

    Waaawoo mate really nice keep it up… best of luck,…

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