Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Ojo Caliente - Posi -- our last day there

On our last day to Ojo Caliente we took a short hike from the resort to the ruins of the Posi-Ouinge village. In about the 15th Century the Indians of the area (if I remember from the pamphlet, the Tewa Indians?) combined the 'summer' and the 'winter' tribes and built a thriving metropolis in the area just above the springs.
This shot is after climbing a pretty steep, rocky incline above the resort. It was just "skipping through the daisies" for my rock goat hubbie, me, not so much, but I did it and was happy when I got up there. The rest of the hike was easy-peasy.

So we looked and looked for a village. Thinking we'd find something like the Cliff Dwellings in Southern Colorado. All we found were these curious numbered markers and a lot of pottery shards. Finally I said to Jason, "I think this is it, let's see what the map says." He didn't believe me until we got the third numbered marker....we opened the map and the markers told us where we would have been if the town was still there. (FYI-pamphlets with maps in the lobby of the Ojo Caliente resort) Seriously, it was pretty darn cool to be standing in a place where ancient peoples made their homes.
Some of the nice flora of the area, lots of cactus.

And I'm always amazed how flowers will take root and bloom. This one was intertwined with a dead tree branch.

It was a very peaceful hike. A great end to a great weekend away together.




6 comments:

jenelle said...

What part of NM is that in? Glad it was restful.

tz said...

hi jenelle, it's about 1 hr north of Santa Fe and and hour west of taos...well it would be less if there was a road straight to taos but you have to go north then south again...

it's a great area if you're ever in the area to visit it

jenelle said...

I love NM. I have family in Alb. and have visited Santa Fe, Taos, and the general area. Beautiful sunsets.

Scott said...

Ohh... that's in New Mexico? NM is SUCH a beautiful state! I've loved it every time I've been down there.

You two make such a cute couple. Was that an auto-timed picture? I've done that with a special lady before. Take the pictures and then do the smoochin' because you're all alone in the wilderness!

Sitting in Silence said...

Oh...it looks beautiful. Sounds like you had a wonderful time !

tz said...

janelle, it really is beautiful, Jason (DH) lived in Taos for a couple of years as a child, so it was nice for him too...

scott, yes, auto timed...next time you go, check out ojo caliente...

danielle, i'm telling you, you gotta get out here!