Friday, May 10, 2013
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Brian and I saw similar signs to the one above at almost all the ruins we saw in New Mexico over Labor Day weekend. They made me wonder how often rattlesnakes approach the area when humans are present. We also saw mention of what to do when confronted by a large animal, such as a wildcat. "Make yourself look larger" the warnings said. How does one do this? And do people actually remember the warnings if they are approached by a dangerous animal?Honestly, although I was aware of my surroundings the entire time, I was not worried. I felt relatively safe staying on the trails with other people in the afternoon heat. The rattlesnakes can have all the privacy they want, however.
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Brian and I spent Labor Day weekend traveling to New Mexico. Leaving after work on Friday, we stopped in Amarillo overnight and continued on the next day to visit some of the Salinas Pueblo Missions near Mountainair, New Mexico, just south of Albuquerque. There were three, the first one we visited is known today as Gran Quivira. The ruins themselves date to the 17th century when the Spanish brought Catholicism to the Native Americans in the area. Famine, attacks from outside tribes, and disease contributed to the desertion of these missions, but little details remain to fill in the complete history.
Thursday, August 2, 2012
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Hello readers! I am very sorry it has been so long since I've updated my blog; however, I have been quite busy. We did a road trip to Mount Rushmore, and thought that would be appropriate for an Independence Day getaway. I have to admit, I was more impressed with the natural beauty of the surrounding hills, valleys, rocks and nature than I was the stone carving. Oh trust me, it took a lot of talent and years of dedicated work for Borglum's team to do this. I wouldn't know where to start. But just how did that granite and rock get there to begin with? Our Creator put it there.
Anyway, I have to say, Roosevelt was the one whose face wore the most genuine expression. What do you think?
Thursday, June 28, 2012
In honor of our nation's upcoming Independence Day celebration, I give you Thomas Jefferson, the primary author of our Declaration of Independence. The above photo is taken inside his monument in Washington DC. Below is Jefferson's home, Monticello. It is said that the day before he died, Jefferson asked, "Is it the fourth yet?" He died hours later, on July 4, 1826, as did John Adams.