Backpacking in the Grand Canyon

 

 

 Backpacking in the 

  Grand Canyon

By: Izabella

Info

Land Rover:  1 2003 Disco

Diva:  Izabella

Location:  Grand Canyon National Park

     * put food or food like items in Ammo cans A.S.A.P. (ammo cans are provided)

DAY ONE

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      This is the day I have been waiting for since December.  We were finally leaving for the Grand Canyon, for my first backpacking trip.  The trip was six hours, a ton of gas and alot of patience.  As we got closer I saw a forest, but no Canyon.  I looked at the map for one last time to be sure that I was not dreaming.  Yup… I was at the Grand Canyon,  WAHOOO!!!!  We entered the park and looked out the window and saw two elk, and 1 chubby Smoky the Bear statue, and alot of tourists.

                                             Our first stop was the back country office to weigh our backpacks Bcweightbefore they closed for the day. My pack weighed around 18 lbs. without water. Next we walked out to look at the Canyon.  I was amazed at how beautiful it was.  I had only seen it in pictures and videos, but NEVER in real life before.  The size was massive, something so big I can’t describe it.  Along the path to the rim there were examples of the different rock layers of the Grand canyon.  There is some beautiful limestone, that I could only imagine climbing. We walked around some more and saw some elk prints and scat.

It was time for dinner so we, drove around and found a spot to eat.  I had bowl of Chili and for dessert I ate cheese cake. I was loading up for tomorrows hike.  After Dinner my mom noticed that there was a gift shop next door, so we decided to look around.  I saw what I was looking for, a bandana that has a map of the Grand Canyon on it. We bought it and went back to our campsite. We waited for our friends Ella, her parents and her cousin,Tyler. My mom and I went to sleep early since it was so cold.  We had to sleep diagonally across the back of the Disco.  It was not so comfortable for her, but I did ok.

 

 DAY TWO

 The first day of Backpacking

        The Backcountry Office is where we started at. We left at about 8:15 since the bus was late.  We all rode the packed bus to the South Kaibab trail head.  The S. Kaibab is a seven mile trail to the bottom and Phantom Ranch, we will be camping there for two nights. I started out pretty strong, excited, curious, and amazed.  The further you go down the trail, the more exciting it gets.  You can look back and see all of the zig-zags which are called switchbacks.   Every time that I wanted to stop I looked around. I was surrounded by beauty, and found enough energy to continue my trek. Somewhere half way down I got so far sk2 colorado riverahead, I couldn’t see the group. SK iza

      Once I got a glimpse of the Colorado River I sped up from excitement.   I especially sped up when I saw the Black Suspension Bridge (or Mule Train). When we finally got to the tunnel

  (that leads right onto the bridge) we stopped, and waited  for Ella and her dad, that way we could get a picture and walk across together.

 

Once we had crossed we saw the livestock barn (A.K.A. the mule barn).   We took a smaller bridge across Bright Angel Creek (which is how Brighty the mule got his name). black suspension bridge Ella and her dad went to eat lunch while we grabbed a campsite. We found one and put our packs down and went to the bathrooms.   We were gone for less then 5 Min. and one of the grizzly like squirrels already got into the small unzipped side pouch of my pack, and had got a hold of my electrolyte gel pack.  I had to shoo him away and throw out my electrolytes and put all of the food in the ammo boxes,which are provided for you, by U.S.F.S..  We also found out that the Ringed Tail Cats will climb the posts(where you hang your packs from squirrels at night) and take any food or plastic bags. 

     After the rest of the group came down my mom, and Ella’s mom, went to get some lemonade.  So Ella and I played in our tent. Later in the day we had “Backpackers Pantry” black bean chili pie, it’s my favorite one, but I like the “Mountain House”  Macaroni and cheese, most of all.  After we ate dinner we went to bed, and as you try to fall asleep, you can hear Bright Angel Creek. You could hear the water rushing and the rocks tumbling. The water was higher and faster then normal, so the large rocks were rolling into one another under the water, and it all sounded so exciting, and yet it was all so soothing it put you to sleep.

Day 3

No hiking today

          Today we were going to just have fun, relax and go swimming, well not actually swimming but taking a dunk or two(in the Colorado River), but either way it’s fun !!!!!! I remember how cold the water was and it was …. 51 degrees F.  hanging at the cr But I still got in, despite the cold, it was a little numbing, but refreshing. I only decided to go under when we moved to a safer spot, because where we were before, was a parking lot for river rafters. Besides, the new area was much safer and protected from the currents.  I  submerged myself at least 6 times, including the time that I half dunked myself when my foot slipped underwater. From the new spot we saw about 4 small wooden row boats, called dories, and even more rafts coming around the canyon bend.

                I  met two girls about my age from North Carolina. We played and we put river mud all over our stomachs’ and our legs.  Then, we took some river mud and some sand from the small beach we were on, and mixed the two together and rolled them into mud balls.    We made one really big one named Mr.Mudball then we made a Mr. Mudball Jr., then got into a war.  It was so much fun.  While we were playing,mules above the colorado

I  looked across the river we saw a big dust cloud, and out from the dust cloud came a mule train with passengers.

They were going to go through the tunnel to use the black suspension bridge and cross the river.  I am not

sure but I think the bridge is forty feet above the river,  or more.              

Our parents decided we had enough sun for the day, and it was time to head back for lunch.

         My mom and I went back to the campground to find Ella and her family.  They had already headed back before we did. We found them playing games and drinking cold lemonade in the canteen, with other campers. At the canteen there is games to play, postcards to send (sent by mule), souvenirs to buy, and a few food items that were a little expensive.  Ella and I played Bananagrams, a Grand Canyon board game, and a couple of other games, all while drinking our lemonade. After that Ella and I  went to the ranger station(with our parents)  and became Junior Rangers of the Grand Canyon, they give you these really cool patches with a Grand Canyon Pink Rattlesnake on them and you can only get these patches  at Phantom Ranch, The Bottom of the Grand Canyon.

They say “GRAND CANYON JUNIOR RANGER , PHANTOM RATTLER”.

 I am going to put it on my bright red, OSPREY backpack. We also given a pin and a few stickers.   That night we skipped the Ranger talk, and went to bed early.  In the morning, we  would start our hike up to Indian Gardens campground.  We wanted to get an early start to avoid the heat on the way up the canyon.

Day 4

        Second day of Hiking  

      heading out silver bridge

           Today we would hike out, go across the silver bridge, hike along the Colorado River, depart from the river and start heading for Indian Gardens campground.   It is slight uphill and a a couple of steep sections, one is called “Jacobs ladder”.jacobs ladder I think that was probably the most tiring day of all.  But once we got there, it was worth it, because of the beauty.  At Indian Gardens there weren’t very many people camping. It was also very quiet, the bathrooms were well kept and clean and so were the campsites. We set up our tent, and took a nap.

It was Easter weekend, so we decided now would be a good time for an Easter egg hunt. I had some in my backpack that I already stuffed.  I distracted Ella and her mom while everyone else hid the eggs.easter egg hunt We came back from washing our hands and Ella said, “Why is there an Easter egg here?”.  She eventually found out that the Easter Bunny came through and set up an Easter Egg hunt. I gave her these cute little sparkly blue bunny ears to wear for her hunt. After we had found all the Easter eggs, Ella Had one more than I did so she gave one to me so it would be even.  We ate some candy and then we climbed into Ella’s tent and played crazy eights. It was a little hot, and some dark clouds were coming over the top of the canyon wall, so we stayed close to the campsite most of the day. 

                                                             

Day 5

Third day of Hiking

a beautiful easter morning

             Today is the last day, and also Easter Sunday. I cant wait to speak to my dad and Sydney. But, first I need to just hike all of the way up to the top of the canyon. Its about 5 miles and 3200’ of  uphill hiking. It would be a long hike considering the fact that  I had already hiked two days, and I was sore. Not only that, there was no more shade!  This section of the canyon felt steeper then the lower part.  We hiked for awhile, took rests and ate gummy bears for energy.  I had these “sport beans”, jelly belly beans with electrolytes and sugar for energy.  I had a hard time eating them, they tasted a little weird to me.  I just kept sipping my water to wash it down.    

             As I hiked up the canyon, I kept distracting myself from the tired feeling by looking at the amazing view, and listening to Ella sing from her carrier.  She makes me laugh  by singing silly songs from preschool.  Toward the top, we saw more and more people(Tourists too).  Some, are running, some are day hikers, and some are backpackers.  We also pass another mule train with passengers.  The rule is “get off the trail and wait for the mules to pass”, I recognized most from Phantom Ranch.  After the mules pass, I look up and realize that the rim is a long way up!,  The switchbacks feel like they will never end.

             We continued to hike slow, but steady.  If you stop for too long, it’s hard to get moving again, so we just go.  Then I see the arch over the trail, it’s like a window but the trail goes straight through, we are near the top!  At the trail end, we take a picture and look back at our long hike.  It felt really good to accomplish this trip. I learned alot and realized how fun being uncomfortable can actually be. I WILL go back again, next time I would like to backpack to the north rim.  But now, all I want is a big juicy hamburger and french fries at the Bright Angel Lodge!!!!!!!  After lunch we went to buy my board game  and also a little something special for my sister, Sydney. We wound up getting a small little mule stuffed animal, who is supposed to be Brighty of the Grand Canyon, which is a wonderful book that Sydney is reading. It was hard to part with such a beautiful canyon, so large and so historic!!!! But yet I managed to do so, finally!!!!

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Highway 1 Trip, Part 1 by Grace


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not just any old car, a RANGE ROVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The Range Rover was in Redwood Valley, CA. So, we decided to make a vacation out of the trip.

Yeah this may seem crazy, to take a 1968 Dormobile 2,444 miles round trip. But the only thing bad that happened was a flat tire.

We set off from Tucson on Sunday, June 12th. That night we spent in a hotel in Laughlin, NV. The plan for Monday was to get to the coast, but we didn’t quite make it and spent the night in Bakersfield, CA. The third day was the real start of our vacation.

We drove out of Bakersfield towards the coast and visited Paso Robles. This is one of my parents favorite places to visit wineries. We visited a few. It was boring!!!
Finally, we got to the coast!!!!!!!!!!!! We camped at San Simeon State Park. The beach was just a little way from our campsite.We watched the tide come in, and the sunset.

The next we visited the Hearst Castle, but that is for the next post.

Easter at Turkey Creek by Grace

On Friday, of Easter weekend, I went camping. We went in the Dormobile to Turkey Creek.
We set up camp and stamped eggs.
For dinner we made cheese wrapped in ham, wrapped in chicken, wrapped in bacon. We cooked them in the Dutch Oven. Yum!!
Saturday I hiked to a cliff dwelling. It was a Salado Indian site and was tiny.

 

 

 

We hiked back to camp and dyed Easter eggs.

 

 

I made an airplane and threw a ball against a cliff.
I started a fire with no matches. It was fun and the second time I had done this.
This is how I built it.
1. I shredded sycamore bark, then put it in the fire ring.
2. I then put old leaves on the bark.
3. Then twigs and sticks.
4. Got an ember left from an earlier fire. Then I blew on the ember.
5. And blew
6. And blew
7. And Fire!!!
8. Then I put on leaves and twigs. You have to be careful not to let it go out.

 

9. Add sticks and branches. Keep careful watch!
10. Before you know it you are adding tree branches, and your fire is a real campfire.
We had our Easter dinner on Saturday night. My parents had Rack of Lamb. I don’t really like that so I got peanut butter and jelly. Much better!!
I set out two baskets one with eggs for the Easter Bunny to fill and one with just grass.
On Easter I opened my baskets.

My Dad went and hid the eggs and I had an Easter egg

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Monument Valley Backcountry By: Izabella, Grace & Sydney

This is the first blog post we have all written together.  So, each Diva is writing in a different color.  Grace is in Blue, Izabella is in Orange, and Sydney is in Pink. What we write together is in Green.
Trip Data
Date: Aug. 27-19, 2010 3days Friday,Saturday,and Sunday
Location: Monument Valley, AZ/UT
Divas: Grace, Sydney, and Izabella
Diva Dogs: Jäger
Vehicles: 2 Dormobiles, 1 LR3, 4 Discos, and 1 Range Rover
Weather: Windy, Just Right, Cloudy, Warm, 72 º F
Activities: Uno, 4wd, playing in the hogans, running with the horses, playing with the dogs, running on the sand dunes.
Meals: Marsh-mellows, Izabella and Sydney:  Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo, Enchilada casserole.  All were in the dutch oven.  Grace:  Chili Mac, and Tacos
Animals Spotted/Animal Tracks:  Horses, Beetles, Lizards, Dogs

 

A Little History on The Navajo

 

The Navajo Nation is the biggest reservation in the United States.  It is 16,000,000 acres and mostly in Arizona.
The Navajo People call themselves “Dine” (Di-nay), which means “The People”.  The Navajo came to the southwest around 1400 AD.  They may have originally came across the land bridge that used to exist between Russia and Alaska, around 1200 BC.  When they reached the southwest the Anasazi  or Pueblo people taught them to farm corn and beans.  Spanish settlers later brought sheep (around the 1600’s).  They got wool from the sheep to make clothing, blankets and rugs.  They also used the meat from the lamb and mutton.  They used all the products from the sheep to trade for other goods.  Today they still harvest corn and beans, and raise sheep.  At the Cameron Trading Post you can see a woman making a very large rug on a loom.  We talked to the lady, she said it takes one year to make one large rug.



Our Wonderful Guides

 

 

These are our guides.  They were awesome!  We could not have asked for more. Valerie Dee grew up in Monument Valley and she arranged for us to stay at her family’s place in Monument Valley at the Hub.  Her Mom and Dad were our guides around the valley.

Day 1
The trip was at least 9 hours from Tucson, AZ to Monument Valley. As we were driving, the desert started to change.  It started by getting sandier, rockier(sandstone), then the color of our surroundings became a deep red rust color.  There was lots and lots of red sand on the ground.  There were a few trees and bushes scattered about, and finally we saw our first Monument it was sooooo pretty!!!!

From a distance the buttes and monuments looked purple but as we got closer they turned out to be red, orange, brown, and rust!  When we first got there we were still on the main loop when we stopped to get some awesome pictures of the divas at the 2 mittens!  Like always if Jäger is in a picture it is mighty adorable!

The Three Sisters – This is on the way to the campsite.
The Campsite was at the Hub.
We had two female hogans, one male hogan, and a sweatlodge and spectacular views on all side! 

When we first got to the campground we saw 3 Hogans 2 large ones and 1 medium and a tiny one!!!  We were all going to sleep in the largest one, the one in the middle, but we were all to tired, so we decided to sleep with our parents instead.

This is our group from the AZLRO

Hogans are made of wood, bark and mud.  The hogan has log wood walls and a dome ceiling.  They cover the wood with mud.  It makes the Hogan look round.  The hogans have dirt floors, and only one room.  The door to the Hogan face east, so they can get sun in the morning, and help them wake up.  There is a woman’s hogan and a man’s hogan.  The woman’s Hogan is bigger and more decorated then the man’s hogan.

Female Hogan


Male Hogan

 

Sweatlodge or Dog Hogan?

Here we are playing at the campsite!
Three Divas on the Dormobile at camp


Izabella and Sydney’s Pop-up camper at camp
Sydney and Grace went to bed earlier than I did so they did not get a chance to see the moon come out. I had to stay up late so that I could work on my moon journal, how cool is that?!!!  The moon looked as if it was going to be huge from the size of it’s glare, but it was just normal size.  We had marshmallows but no skewers so I took a fork and knife and put them together with a hair tie.  I broke off the two middle spikes,too.  The marshmallows were delicious!!!! Then I had finished up about 4-5 marshmallows.   It was time for bed!!!

 

 

A  Little Geology

 

Monument Valley used to be a 100 foot piece of sandstone.  Most of the sandstone has eroded away but some still stands, and is beautiful.
An arch is formed in four steps:
1. It starts as a sandstone block.
2. Then some of  the stone erodes away from rain.
3. The wind blows the rock.
4. The wind breaks the rock and you have a arch.
Monument Valley is great for this because there is a lot of wind.

 

Day 2 

In the morning we saw the free roaming horses. They were so close that they could hear us whistle. When we whistled they perked up their heads.

After we saw the horses, the rover divas went to the middle Hogan and played UNO for a little while. Then all of a sudden in the middle of our game my mom called me out to  see the horses, again. They were so close to our campsite.  I almost got to pet the foal, but didn’t since he  was too mouthy like Jäger. The mother was a dark brown with a black mane and tail; the father(stallion)was white with a white mane and tail.  His mane and tail were actually  orange because of the red dirt in monument valley. The foal was a red roan (a red/orange color)with a orange mane and tail. They were the perfect family!!!!! We finished up our UNO game quickly and then we set off with the group to go on a 4wd trip to see more of Monument Valley.

On day 2 we bought from inside the hogan.  Valerie’s Family sells to tourists they have made.


Hogan Repair Shop in the morning of Day 2


Then we drove around one of the buttes and saw a flowing river, approximately a foot deep, and muddy.  It was so muddy that our leader got stuck so we had to go a different way.



We drove some more to a rock with a large window called “Ear of the Wind”.

Ear of the Wind Arch

I tried to make a sand angel, but I just got dirty!!

Sand dunes are steep, but lots of fun to run down!

 

This is the Big Hogan!

 

Aren’t we cute!!
Day 3
Mystery Valley
Two Divas at the Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park sign

 

We stopped at a ruin in Mystery Valley, and my dad and I climbed up the steep, steep rock hill.  On top was 3 pools of water.  The water was from rain and was very clean.  I touched the water and it was too cold to swim.  Maybe it could be used to take a bath in the summer.  We did not stay on top too long, it was way too windy.  I felt like I would blow away!

 

Anasazi Ruins in Mystery Valley
Checking out shards of pottery and we found some old corn cobs.
Bighorn Petroglyph
Divas in arch
This is in the arch and there are two circular rooms.  Probably for storage in the old’n days.  There was a bunch of packrat evidence.
Girls with Pictographs
Free roaming horses galloping through the canyon.  Awesome!!
On the way home we had fun playing Uno in the car.
Sydney cleaning up the red dirt!

 


Rover Diva Grace Goes to Virginia by Grace

I flew from Phoenix to DC, all by myself. For a two week visit. Flying alone is fun! But stressful for my parents.

I visited my Aunt Jenifer, Uncle Will, Grandmother, Grandaddy and my cousins, Claire and Trey in Virginia. My Grandparents live in Clifton,

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My Granddaddy has some old Range Rover’s but they don’t run most of the time.

 

Here we are at a Japanese restaurant. Yum!!!

 

Earlier in July, I went to San Diego with my parents and swam in the Pacific Ocean. So, I’ve been in both the Atlantic and Pacific ocean in the same mouth.
Cool!! or maybe Wet!!

 

It was my first time on a bogey board.
It was so fun!!!

 

 

We went to Colonial Williamsburg. Both Claire and I own Felicity, a colonial American Girl Doll. We wanted to bring our Felicity dolls, but Trey wanted to bring something too. So, he brought Master Yoda. It is kind of funny to see him running around Colonial Williamsburg with a Yoda =)

 

This is a horse just like Felicity’s.
We found out that this house is what the Felicity books were based on, but not used much in the Felicity movie.
Here is Felicity’s house that was used most of the time in the movie.
We decided to give our toys a shoulder ride.
Me and Claire got mob caps, just like Felicity!
Trey got a three corner hat.
I had lot of fun in Virgina.
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Grace's Fall Break – Trip to Chaco Canyon

Grace’s Fall Break – Trip to Chaco Canyon – Days 1 – 3

Part 1: Trip data

Destination: El Malpais National Conservation Area and Monument & El Morro National Monument
Traveled with: Mom and Dad
Traveled from: Tucson
Maps: Arizona and New Mexico Gazetteer, GPS, Maps my Dad printed from internet
During Fall Break I went to El Morro National Monument, El Malpais National Monument, Chaco Canyon National Historical Park, Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Aztec Ruins, and Hubble Trading Post. I also went to one place that wasn’t part of the National Park system, Four Corners Tribal Park Monument.
I became a Junior Ranger at all of the National Park places. That is SIX Junior Rangers badges.
The first park I got a Junior Ranger badge at was El Morro which means in Spanish a butte or rock. At El Morro, you take a trail called, Inscription Trail.
On the trail there is a pool. We saw cliff swallows nests which are made of mud.
There are tons of inscriptions and petroglyphs. Inscriptions are carvings in rocks that are done by the Spanish and English explorers. Petroglyphs are carvings done by Ancient Indians. Graffiti is modern day inscriptions and is illegal.
The first English inscription was inscribed by a man named Lt. JHSimpson who copied down all the inscriptions by hand. He was an amazing artist, because his drawings were as good as any photograph today. At the time the inscriptions where in Spanish. The funny thing is his inscription read:
Lt. JHSimpson, USA u RH.Kern Artist
visited and copied these insciptions,
September 18th 1849.
So, the first English inscription has a miss spelled word.
To bad he didn’t have a spell checker.
At El Morro it was interesting to see the inscriptions.

 

El Malpais is a lava flow. There are five layers of flow. The layers are McCartys Crater, Bandera Crater, Cerro Hoya, El Calderon, Twin Craters.
We drove through “The Narrows.” It is where the lava just stops right next to the cliffs. There is only enough room for a two lane road, between the flow and cliffs.

 

 

We stopped at La Ventana Arch.
It was really cool. They made a big deal out of the me becoming a Junior Ranger.
Both rangers came outside and one swore me in. It was AWESOME!!!
Days 3 – 6

 

Chaco Culture was the main stop on our trip.

On the first day we went to Una Vida. It is one of the first great houses built in Chaco Canyon. Now it looks small, but in the 900’s it was very big!!

 

On the second day, I hiked 8 miles to see the Supernova pictograph.
On the way there was a Petroglyph side trail. We took it and here are some of the Petroglyphs.

 

The square is a Kachina. I think this is really cool!!

 

 

Under the Supernova Pictograph there was a petroglyph of Halley’s comet. The hike was long, and my mom got lots of blisters on her feet to prove it.

 

On the bluff above there were ruins called Penasco Blanco.
On the third day, we went to Hungo Pavi, Chetro Ketl, Pueblo Bonito, Pueblo de Arroyo, and Casa Rinconada.
Pueblo Bonito
Pueblo Bonito is the town square. It is Huge!!! It was first to be built and the last to be completed. On January 22, 1941 a rock face fell on an 8th of Pueblo Bonito. Here are some pictures of Pueblo Bonito!

 

 

This is a drawing of the different stages of building at Pueblo Bonito.

 

 

The famous curving doors of Pueblo Bonito. Awesome!!
This is the original wood ceiling beams in this one room of Pueblo Bonito. The room has original plaster, but the park service plastered over it, because people were vandalizing it. There was a lot of that kind of stuff here. It made me sad.
This is a rare corner door.
Chetro Ketl

 

Here is the “Great Wall” at Chetro Ketl. Which is another great house about 1/2 mile from Pueblo Bonito.

 

These are original mosaics that are blocked off, but a nice park service ranger came by and opened the door to the room, so we could get a better look. He told us there were several other examples in the park, but they have closed them off to visitors for safe keeping.
Casa Rinconada
My favorite of all the ruins!!!

 

Casa Rinconada is a Great Kiva. On the summer solstice a light shines on a niche on the wall. A Great Kiva is a ceremony room sort of like a church.

 

Pueblo de Arroyo

 

This a “tri-wall” or triple walled kiva. They are rare and only a dozen have been found in the four corners area. This is the only one at Chaco.
These mealing bins have metate’s in them. The women would sit down with feet against the wall and knees against the mealing bin and grind corn.
Chacoan Stairway
Chacoan stairways were carved into rocks. They have found many stairways around Chaco Canyon.
Chaco was Awesome!!!
Days 7 – 9

On Friday morning we

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packed up and left Chaco Canyon.

 

Here are Felicty and Gracie dressed for a Land Rover Safari Adventure.

 

We headed toward Farmingtion, NM, when my parents realized that Aztec ruins was just another 10 miles up the road.

This is kind of weird. The band of blackish/greenish rocks. I have never seen this before. It is especially interesting because they plastered over it. So, why did they do it?

The people of Aztec had two Great Kivas. One of the Great Kivas was reconstructed and we were able to go into the kiva. It might have been what kivas looked like a 1000 years ago. There are three types of Kivas. Great Kivas, Keyhole Kivas, and Housed Kivas. Great Kivas are really big.

This is an original ladder from Aztec ruins. I always thought of the Sante Fe ladder, but these were very common in both Aztec and Chaco. In Chaco there were no ladders left, because they were scavenged for firewood. Another thing that makes me sad.

After visiting Aztec Ruins we went to Four Corners Monument. Four Corners is where Arizona, Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico all meet in one place.

It was really fun. You can say “I’m in AZ, no wait, NM, no wait, CO, no wait, UT, no wait, I am in them all.

After Four Corners we headed to Canyon de Chelly. We got there after dark and camped at the campground.

 

 

We drove the south rim of Canyon de Chelly the next morning and I heard all about the time my parent’s got to camp at the base of Spider Rock. Maybe someday I will get to do that.

Our next and last stop was Hubble Trading Post.

We were lucky enough to get to go inside the Hubble House. Here I am in the entrance way.

This is bread oven. I think they said they baked 250 loaves of bread a week in this oven.

Cool Barn!! Sometimes they had up to 10,000 sheep here! I bet that was stinky!!

Here I am with my 6 Junior Ranger Badges and patches.

The last night we spent at our friend’s cabin in Show Low, AZ. We are so glad we could stay there in comfort and hot showers after 8 long days in the Dormobile. Thanks Tom and Jane.

I had an awesome time. On to our next adventure!!!

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