A note to our blogging friends: As the world reels from the Coronavirus,Peggy and I want to wish each of you the best in making it through this world-wide pandemic, the likes of which we have never experienced.Our travel plans, like yours, have been put on hold as we hunker down at our Oregon home, avoid as much social contact as possible, and wait for the worst to pass. Assuming we are able to avoid the virus, I will continue to blog, possibly relying on older materials. In the meantime, be careful and be safe. Curt and Peggy
Peggy and I parked Quivera in a small parking lot for the Petroglyph National Monument that we found behind a fast food restaurant. Fifty yards up the trail we began to find petroglyphs. Archeologists believe that there are around 25,000 in the 17 miles.
It is estimated that the majority of the petroglyphs were carved between 1300 and 1680 CE by ancestors of present day Pueblo people, but some of the petroglyphs have been dated back to over 2000 years ago. Many of the petroglyphs we found at the Monument are similar to others we’ve found throughout the Southwest. For example, does the following rock art look familiar?
Peggy and I visited the site at absolutely the wrong time for photography: high noon. (Being the old hands we are with our cameras, you think we would know better.) As a result, a number of the photos like cat/badger woman aren’t as clear as we like— even with photo processing.
WEDNESDAY’S POST: Flowers of the Pacific Crest Trail.
18 thoughts on “Backyard Rock Art… Petroglyph National Monument, Albuquerque N.M.”
They are fun and so convenient. While at the Balloon Fiesta, we were able to take a Florida friend who had never seen a petroglyph out to see them. Thanks for the memories.
Oh, if only I had seen this post before we traveled to Albuquerque! I would have thoroughly enjoyed seeing these petroglyphs and wandering in, around, and through the rocks.
Thanks for continuing to post even in these tough times, even with old photos of past experiences. We all need something to do and something to look forward to doing. You always inspire!
Next time you make it to Albuquerque, Rusha! 🙂 As for blogging. It’s mutual— a way that all of our community can keep in touch. It is almost a definition of social distancing! And thanks, much. –Curt
Lovely to have something to smile at today. Guess you’re having to rethink how you celebrate your birthday this year as travel is becoming harder and harder and less and less like a thing to do 😦
Yes on the travel, AC. Poor Peg, she was so looking forward to celebrating her 70 with the river cruise with our family. I’m pretty sure it will be next year, now. Thankfully, there is plenty to do around here. And thanks. –Curt
I think they either had some great imagination or had some outstanding visions during a peyote excursion!!
Petroglyphs for your birthday is a great idea! I can’t wait till you get a chance to see Map Rock in Idaho, which is simply wonderful. Too bad your trip plans are interrupted by wildlife (can we call COVID-19 wildlife?), but of course you are doing the responsible thing. A quick skim shows you have just posted multiple petroglyph posts, and I’m eager to see them all. For now, I’m studying for my final exam (now online!) and also working on my very tardy Ireland photobook.
Final exam. Woohoo! and good for you Crystal. I am going to look up Map Rock. First time I have heard of it. There are several ‘newspaper rocks.’ I always enjoy photos of Ireland. Get busy, Crystal. (Grin) –Curt
I took a few photos on a day with the sun at a perfectly wrong angle. https://crystaltrulove.com/2010/07/08/map-rock-shoshone-petroglyphs/
Thanks, Crystal. Fascinating, as so much of rock art is. Peggy and I have been thinking about doing more exploration out in eastern Oregon. Looking at a map, it looks like a hop and a skip across the border. –Curt
Thanks for the visual diversion. Stay safe. We are hunkered down too.
Visual diversion is good. 🙂
My goodness! Twenty-five thousand petroglyphs in such a small space? You could hunker down there and spend until August just looking them over.
You may know about the Peace Corps recall already. Here’s the article from Foreign Policy with some details.
I’m going to continue working, since social isolation’s the very essence of how I spend my days. I get in the car, drive to the marina, walk down the dock, and get on a boat — then, I reverse it all at night. I rarely see anyone but the birds, and when I do it’s just a hand wave and hello. I need to keep working, and I’m glad I can without any change in the routine. I’m glad you’ve got the great outdoors at your doorstep, too. Solitary pursuits like hiking and photography will be great solace in the next weeks.
Sure could on the petroglyphs, and judging from the number of people we saw out there, it would be a great place for isolation.
Not surprised about the Peace Corps given it has always maintained a policy to keep Volunteers out of harms way. It acted fast on ebola in Liberia and West Africa. One might ask ‘bringing them home to what’ on this time around.
Isolation isn’t a problem for us either, Linda. Our five acres demand attention, the forest is next door for hiking, we have over 3000 books and 400 movies in our library! Plus I have books to write, blogs to post and photos to process. (And there are always blogs to read, comments to make and comments to answer.) As summer comes around, there are a number of nearby backpacking opportunities! –Curt
Wow, these are amazing! And I had a good laugh at those shaky legs. Fun to see maybe a sense of humor in art from centuries ago!
I have often wondered about whether humor was incorporated into the petroglyphs, Kelly. It would seem natural and I’ve seen many that make me smile, but who knows. –Curt
Love the dueting kokopellis 🙂
It was fun Alison, something that I hadn’t seen before and I’ve seen lots of kokopelli petroglyphs. 🙂