Jun 28, 2010

New Mexico, end of trip

A few photos from Carlsbad Caverns:

Carlsbad Caverns natural entranceThis gigantic hole in the ground was feared by early settlers in New Mexico.

Carlsbad Caverns
Carlsbad Caverns
Carlsbad Caverns
Views of Chaco Canyon, ruins of ancient pueblos:

Chaco Canyon
This was once a thriving city with a population of thousands of people. They traded with the Mesa Verde people, as well as coastal people and Mexican Aztec people. The city went into decline in the 12th century A.D.

Chaco CanyonIf you plan to visit this remote site, be prepared for a full day. The easiest route includes twelve miles of washboard dirt roads, and the nearest town with a hotel is over 80 miles away.

Whites Sands National Monument, after a rainstorm:

White Sands
White Sands
surfing White Sands Photographs can't do that sunset justice. We hiked away from the road and lay on a towel. The sand was damp, and the temperature was perfect. We also saw a rainbow, and a huge full moon that night.

sunset over White Sands

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