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June 17

Mountainair – Alamogordo


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On the way, we visited the Gran Quivira (also known as Las Humanas) ruins, one of the Salina Pueblo Missions. The ranger on duty was from Louisiana helping out his New Mexican friends and colleagues and when he found out we were from the Netherlands, he was quick to assert he was of Dutch heritage, too His last name is Van Cleave (yes two words, not one), and we bantered a bit about it being two words rather than one, as Americans would expect. Come to think of it: the guy next to me on the plane from Dallas-Fort Worth to Albuquerque also proudly affirmed his Dutch heritage. His last name was Polder. I asked him whether his first name happened to be Hans, which would have made sense (finger, dyke, polder) but unfortunately it was not.

I have been to Anasazi ruins like the Cliff Palace at Mesa Verde and kivas similar to those here. I had, however never seen a pueblo of this size, some 1500 to 2000 people, except maybe one to the north of Santa Fe. When the Spanish missionaries arrived, the people started building Christian churches. The biggest one was never finished because the inhabitants abandoned the town.

Actually, today’s destination was Cloudcroft. But after Ruidoso, that turned out to be just as bad a tourist trap. I had not thought of that. There is a reason, of course: The dry is gorgeous here. And the gorges are dry here.

Between Cloudcroft and Alamogordo

Between Cloudcroft and Alamogordo

Then again, the host at the KOA campground in Alamogordo, where we are parked now, explained to us, not only that he was taught the metric system in school and then they decided to forego that after all, but also that this had been a very busy weekend because of the baseball tournament.

So many things that I am not aware of.

Posted by FierceOrc 05:24 Archived in USA Tagged rv texas new_mexico

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