Hovenweep National Monument, Anasazi Heritage, and back to Colorado…

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May 14, 2017Some 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:


Couple impressions:




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”].


And eventually…

Rolling back into home-sweet-home lovely Colorado…



Ha Ha:


Here’s a few more Henry L. Menchen quotes:

“The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out… without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, intolerable.”
“Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats.”
“In war the heroes always outnumber the soldiers ten to one.”

Other side of same sign:



Hope the inspirations of this journey never seize to remind me…

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2 Responses to Hovenweep National Monument, Anasazi Heritage, and back to Colorado…

  1. Extraordinary, Michael. Thanks for posting all of this.

  2. MVB says:


    Since then my car died… Only “in walk & bike range” now… But when I’m back in car-land… perhaps a journey north to get to the 100% line of the Aug 21 solar eclipse appeals…

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