Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Pecos National Historical Park

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.


Beth said...

Hi, Clair. Just catching up on your latest adventures. This park looks like a very special place. I do hope that you're able to sell your home and make your move. When we were trying to sell our house in Raleigh, NC to move to our beloved mountains, our realtor bought St. Joseph and buried him for us. It worked, and here we are five years later, resting our eyes on the Blue Ridge Mountains. Hope it works out for you and yours.

clairz said...

Beth, thank you for your wonderful encouragement. We have certainly had lots of action (looking, anyway) on the house. It's been shown six times in the last two weeks--and every day since last Saturday. Lots of people are moving to Clovis for the Cannon Air Force Base expansion.

So, it's all a matter of finding the right people, and finding them in time to get the property up north that we want. Luckily, real estate isn't moving so fast up there.