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May 14, 2017 – Some photos:
And so… this brief but so-needed journey (See half dozen previous blog posts of this “mini” road trip around the Four Corners area of the US Southwest.) winded down…
From Cameron, Arizona I drove into the night, heading north-east, back into Navajo Nation lands…
Thought I spotted a hitch-hiker… Was is? And was that a young woman? Thís late? Anyone’s been around the rez, even for short periods, knows things can get rather ‘unpredictable’ well after dark… After several miles feeling like a coward, I pushed the fears of picking up a complete stranger in the pitch-dark of the rez. away, with concerns for her/his(?) safety, and turned around. Sure enough, she was still there: quiet drunk, Navajo, and then apparently in disbelief that some random white dude from Europe was her safe ride home. :-) It felt good to do what so many people have done for me before I bought my first car in my mid-30s.
Eventually, I parked somewhere unknown-to-me, coyotes howling nearby in the moon light, and quickly fell asleep, exhausted.
I woke up to the surprise sight of Shiprock Mountain again, this time in the southern distance. Not a bad place to wake up:
From there, I decided to swing by the ‘Canyon of the Ancients’ and its Hovenweep National Monument. Some impressions:
Just before Durango, (or after depending on how you drive, I suppose), already back in Colorado, the beautifully built and nicely presented informative Anasazi Heritage Center near Dolores, CO; With [Sleeping] Ute [Chief] Mountain in the back:
From a presentation, below, on how the ancient Pueblo natives likely headed south due to climate-change-induced severe drought. (“Hm… how odd” [sarc.], very dramatic local climate changes long before industrial emissions…):
Nevermind on that “hot topic”… [though if you wonder where thát track of my wondering & pondering has lead me, see, for example, Nov. 27, 2011, Why I Question the CO2-driven Global Warming “Scientific Consensus”].
Rolling back into home-sweet-home lovely Colorado…
Here’s a few more Henry L. Menchen quotes:
Other side of same sign:
Hope the inspirations of this journey never seize to remind me…
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