This northern New Mexican park, which contains ruins going back to 800 A.D., just gets better and better. If we are lucky enough to move to the Pecos area, we will get an annual pass. There is so much to explore, experience, and think about. And then, there is all that magic to soak up, up there on the trails in the deep, deep silence.
At the base of the trail in the visitor's center, there is a display table that contains some of the pottery shards picked up by visitors who didn't know any better. As the sign explains, removing such artifacts from the site where they are found makes it very hard to learn more about what they are and how (and when) they were used. I was stunned to realize that all those little bits of clay that litter the sides of every trail are actual pieces of ancient pottery! I had just assumed that they were sharp little rocks.
Over the next little while, I am going to be learning more about this amazing historical park. You can be sure that I will share what I find with you.