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new york, New York
October 21, 2000
From journal New Mexico Journey
September 25, 2000
On a hot dry afternoon, we explored the ancient ruins along the cliffs. The visitor center and the rangers are helpful if you have questions, but the tour of the ancient cave dwellings is an easy hike and takes about 2 hours since there's lots to explore. These cave dwellings are stunning and mysterious because you can visualize the way ancient Indians lived as you wander along these cliffs with caves carved out of them. One of the ancient cave dwellings is accessible only by climbing 140 feet of ladders!
There are also many backcountry hiking trails along the canyon, which are more adventuresome. Even if you are only going for the self guided tour of the ruins, bring a cap, sunscreen, and lots of water.
From journal Luxurious Late Summer in Santa Fe
Overland Park, Kansas
September 15, 2000
Several tours are given throughout the day. The particular tour I went on was wonderful. Our guide was an ancestor of the Anasazi. She told us how vital the water was to them when they lived in Bandelier National Park. I learned that the Yucca plant could be used to wash your clothes or your hair. You can braid it to make shoes. And you can eat it too. She told us two folk tales her grandmother taught her. Then she ground corn with rocks as they used to.
After that, go explore the area. You'll see kivas--ceremonial pits used for worshipping. We saw a burial mound. The most exciting part is climbing to the cliff dwellings and going inside an actual one. It's hot and you'll realize how good it feels to be inside the cool dome.
I strongly caution anyone who has medical problems to try to stay out of the sun. They may not want to walk up the numerous stairs to see the cliff dwellings either. I'm in fairly good shape, but I needed a lot of water and I was out of breath. The altitude will get to you. Take it slow and don't try to do it in the heat of the day.
From journal The Los Alamos Loop