Wednesday, November 28, 2007

A Place Called To'hajiilee

The empty road--traveling toward Tucumcari, NM (nowhere near
To'hajiile, but I like the photo)

Crossing New Mexico on our recent road trip to California, we passed by a place with the intriguing and beautiful name of To'hajiilee. It is the name of the city located a bit west of Albuquerque, and it is also the name of the band of Navajos that live there, away from the main reservation (the "Big Rez"). Driving past To'hajiilee signaled the beginning of our passage through Navajo country.

Here is what the New Mexico Tourism web site has to say about the Navajo Nation:
The largest U.S. Indian tribe, the Navajo Nation consists of more than 298,000 members, about 106,807 of whom live in New Mexico, according to Census 2000 figures. The reservation includes approximately 27,000 square miles. Its boundaries extend from northwestern New Mexico into northeastern Arizona and southeastern Utah, larger than many states.

This was just a quick week-long trip, driving to and from California with a few days in the middle to spend with family to celebrate our Thanksgiving. Along the way, I saw many places that I want to go back to and explore in depth. In the meantime, I’ll learn what I can from home. Here is my list of places to travel back to and explore:

We had lunch at an amazing place in Gallup, the El Rancho Hotel (“Home of the Movie Stars”). I’ll tell you more about that later.


Towanda said...

Hi clairz! Good to see you back. The Gallup/Grants area has so much to see.

I LOVE Acoma Pueblo! It is at the top of my list of favorite places in NM. An Acoma resident will give you a fantastic tour of the sky city. I literally felt like I was on the top of the world.

Also....add El Malpais National Monument to your list. It's really something to see! (Hope that link works....I have no way to view it first!)

joeguy said...

Great trip tho' I would add Earl's Family Restaurant to your list for Gallup NM
Zuni Pueblo and el Bruno's in Cuba if you head up to Chaco from Albq.