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SANTA FE FOLK ART FESTIVAL PART 2: BANDELIER NATIONAL PARK

July 18, 2012

I realize that hiking has nothing to do with fashion, but hiking is one of the things that keeps my mind inspired so that I can be creative in my work life.  It is important for me to take time away to quiet my brain and remember where we live and where we come from.

I wanted to spend some time hiking around in Santa Fe during my trip and a visit to Bandelier National Monument was on our list of things to do. Bandelier National Monument protects over 33,000 acres of rugged canyon country and the evidence of the Pueblo community that lived there over 11,000 years ago.  Petroglyphs, dwellings carved into the soft rock cliffs, and standing masonry walls pay tribute to the early days of a culture that still survives in the surrounding communities of Santa Fe.

The hike was amazing and included climbing into caves, spotting petroglyphs and lots of talking about what it must have been like to live in this community all those years ago.  The pictures I took do not do the area justice, but they do give you a glimpse into the world of the ancient Pueblos of Santa Fe.

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