4/19/15 Sunday in Tijeras,NM (Hidden Valley-ROD)
My side of the bed was great-like before. Such a surprise. If the hose connectors are cracked, why did it feel so good? He’d let air out of my side. Ah, the elevation.
So after a pretty good night’s sleep we made our batch of pancakes, then to church. Wonderful music with just a Bass and guitar and 6 singers. Unfortunately, someone liked incense, so we had a lot of it. Maybe it’s because the priest’s sermon was about prayer and incense symbolizes your prayer going up. Nevertheless, it was hard on the eyes and throat. Hope they don’t use so much every Sunday.
We relaxed with some reading, then lunch. This was a beautiful sunny day, so we decided to visit the Petroglyph National Monument. We were hoping for the chance to walk, since we’d been sitting a lot lately. Our prayers were answered. After stopping at the Visitor Center and watching their film, we walked 3 trails at Boca Negra Canyon.
Boca Negra Canyon petroglyphs and views:
Rinconada Canyon petroglyphs and views. This was a 2.2 mile round trip trail, so we really got a workout on this one, trying to finish before the gates closed.
Once the Spaniards arrived, they brought Christianity and sheep herding, so there are also crosses, sheep and brand symbols on the rocks, probably etched by Puebloans as well as Spaniards.
These are sacred to the Pueblo Indians, a tie to their ancestors. The rocks were a light gray when these earliest images were scratched into them but time and weather have created a dark patina over the rocks. The last image shows a part of our path and the escarpment that comprises the area that basalt rock was brought up by the nearby 6 volcanoes.
We made it out well before the gates closed. Home with sore feet and tired muscles, but happy. The warm temperatures and light breezes made this a perfect day to walk along the escarpment of the Petroglyphs.