It is beyond beautiful. We took a hike through the valley (at 8022 feet above sea level) and followed the trail up and up past the ancient kivas and toward the cliff dwellings carved into the sheer volcanic walls.
My camera stopped.....battery dead. I was SO mad. Every turn of the path revealed something breathtaking. Frijoles canyon went on and on, the bosque was so green, the cliffs so sheer and pockmarked with dwellings...D amn!
These pictures are all I was able to get before the camera went black....
|Ready for a hike|
|these cliffs are made of volcanic ash compressed over eons|
|sweet girl quietly watching us pass|
|remains of a kiva|
|one of the many cavates carved out of the volcanic tuff. We climbed the time worn ladders to these snug chambers|
|These two are necessary parts of our dry western climate survival kit.....|
|This guy obviously didn't have access to the moisture saving products above...|