|my restful view across the high desert plains|
The campground sites are very widely spaced so we knew social distancing would not be a problem.
|my kind of social distancing|
|a noisy neighbor this morning|
It was a very hot day and, of course, we didn't get going early in the cool morning, so we satisfied ourselves with a short walk along the orangey, muddy Little Colorado River and down a dirt road to wander among the remnants of Homolovi I, the smaller of the two pueblo mounds that are available to see.
Many of these dwellings were vandalized and looted, ancient building materials sometimes reused by the Mormon settlers to construct their own dwellings. Such devistation resulted in the creation of the State Park. The effort to preserve these relics consisted of excavation of the remaining area, cataloging, then lining the underground dwellings with landscape fabric and burying them. This procedure protects them from weather and further vandalization. Edges of black material sticking up through the ground show the rooms that have been explored
|black material above ground shows the outline of what is below the surface|
We wandered along, enjoying the peace and quiet of the high desert landscape. We saw part of a wall left uncovered for people to see the careful construction below.
The ground under our feet was littered with small pottery sherds and cutting stones. Reminders of the people who once lived here 600 to 800 years ago.
Not as visually impressive as the other large Native American structures we've seen, it was a quietly moving experience nonetheless.
A little later we drove out to the larger Homolovi 11 site but there was a car there so we decided to follow a dirt road we'd spied a few miles back. We're suckers for dirt roads. It ended rather unceremoniously at a gate with a cattle tank on the other side, but we did manage to find a few very worn petroglyphs on the rocky outcroppings we passed.
Tonight we're staying in Albuquerque, New Mexico and tomorrow we'll continue our trek home.