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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Sites of Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument - Quaria Ruins - New Mexcio

This is one of the largest church ruins in the national monument...that is Wayne down there on the trail to give it some scale.

The entrance into church; it had two stories.

The church is in the upper right; the rest of the buildings on the relief map show the pueblo village that existed.

Huge cottonwoods shade the picnic grounds
Click any picture to enlarge

Around Mountainair, New Mexico

Old steam radiators in the lobby of the Shaffer Hotel

The dining room of the Shaffer Hotel is decorated with much of Shaffer's wood art
The wood trims and ceiling paintings make this a unique atmosphere for dining.
Uniquely decorated fireplace

The many large wood chandeliers are hand made
Pueblo art on ceiling
They make their own cakes in the dining room. A huge slice is $3.50. All the food is good.

Pop Shaffer built this fence outside the hotel

Across the street from the hotel

The Shaffer Hotel and dining room today

In 1930.  The swastikas were a native American symbol of friendship.

His woodworking studio. Click any picture to enlarge

Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument - Ancient Ruins of Abo - New Mexico

Along the Salt Missions Trail Scenic Byway, about an hour southeast of Albuquerque, are 3 sites of ruins which make up the Sites of Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument Those are the Manzano Mountains in the distance.

Panoramic view showing the building 700 year old stone rubble in the mounds
The first ruin we stopped at was  the ruins of Abo'.  These  pueblo ruins date back to the 1300s.  Abo' was a thriving pueblo community when the Spaniards arrived in 1622 and began converting the Indians.  The church ruins are clearly visible today.

the walls stand 40 ft.  tall

 The pueblo village of Abo that was in existence before the church was built has not been excavated due to religious beliefs of the ancestors.  The mounds or hills is where the pueblo existed at one time.

The mounds are where the abandoned pueblos collapsed

click and enlarge, you can see the pueblo itself was quite established.

When the pueblo was occupied and operated as a center for trade trade , the source of water was a spring next to their village.   A long lasting drought eventually forced the village and the mission to move on. 

an interesting tidbit about some of their pottery
In 1853, during an exploration of this site, a  Major J.H. Carelton wrote : " The tall ruins standing in solitude had an aspect of sadness and gloom."  Today, that same feeling permeates the land surrounding what once held  a thriving pueblo community.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Route 66 Fun Festival - Albuquerque

They blocked off Route 66 in The Nob Hill section of Albuquerque. Lots of street scenes.

Every car should have at least two parachutes

Three big music stages but I enjoyed all the little side acts scattered about. Click on any picture to enlarge

Sure be smelling good, Big Papa!

Had a Mach 1. same color

Had a red and white transporter also

Had a '67 Chevy truck but it was light blue and white

That chrome shines

Convertible would be nice in this climate

Always like these

Dat roof kinda low

Had a white camp mobile

Check out the front bumper

My Brother had a Ford

Had one of these but it was solid burgundy

Hood ornaments on the Mellow Yellow bus

Tacos, oysters, and Tequila. What could go wrong?

However today, RTE 66 is for pedestrians

Alcohol and heights....what could go wrong? 

Police station in Nob Hill

Mount Sandia (where we took our hike last Monday) as seen from Nob Hill

Hey Cabbie

Thats worse than a large caffeine milk shake and a free puppy. 

and thus the afternoon  ends