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San Juan County

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  • Day23


    April 24, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    3 Nächte verbrachten wir in Farmington. Keine sehenswerte Kleinstadt, aber die Lage ist perfekt für spannende Erkundungstrips. Wenig bis keine anderen Wanderer kreuzten unsere Wege in den unbekannten Spots: Plaza Blanca, Angel Peak Area und Bisti Badlands. Letztere haben wir in einer ausführlichen Nachmittagswanderung (14km) begangen. Einen Pfad gibt es nicht, man geht einfach kreuz und quer, klettert herum und erkundet das riesige Gebiet nach Lust und Laune.
    Ebenfalls nahe Farmington sind unzählige Steinbögen versteckt. Einige davon hat das "Explorer-Team" gefunden! :-)
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  • Day57


    October 25, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    Tarjei originally wanted to be an anthropologist. He got side-tracked by biology, and never looked back. However, he always maintained a secret interest in the indigenous people of North America, especially the gentle Hopi culture. When our kids misbehaved, he used to say, “But That is not the Hopi Way,” and sometimes they would actually listen. He also pointed out that Hopi women breastfed their babies until age 7 years, and suggested that I might do the same.

    We have spent the last five days in Arizona and New Mexico on an educational expedition with “Road Scholar”. We were in a group of 24 adults, mostly over age 60. We started in Flagstaff Arizona and travelled around in 3 vans. We visited archeological sites abandoned 800 years ago, and pueblo villages built in 1200 AD, which are still inhabited today — stone houses, no running water, no electricity. We climbed up hills, through ruins, and down into canyons. We had music and pottery demonstrations. We heard conflicting views from experts about why settlements were created and why they disappeared. We met really interesting Hopi and Navajo people who showed us their homes. We learned that the Hopi people had been part of the ancient Pueblo culture, but the Navajo were relatively recent arrivals in the American Midwest. The Navajo actually came from the Dene population of Northern Canada — around 1300 AD. We have seen sunrise over the desert It has been great.

    Tomorrow we return to Flagstaff and pick up the car from the parking lot and the dogs from the kennel. Then we continue our journey.
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  • Day30

    Driving to Albuquerque

    May 3, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 9 °C

    Today we have been traveling for 4 weeks and have driven over 3000 miles/4800km mark today. We left the motel warm,clean and well slept. We had breakfast at Sophie' s diner where the pancakes were bigger than Josh's head.

    The drive was probably the most boring drive with not much to look at. New Mexico, as far as we can see, is portrayed like the movies. Pick up trucks and cowboy hats. The drive was rolling prairies, little vegetation and many shouts for pointing out cows and horses. As we drive through different Indian Reservations we also passed a good few casinos.

    We got to the KOA, North of Albuquerque, in time for a late lunch. This KOA is small, with only a few tent sites. It has paved roads which is great for the kids to scooter. There is a bit of grass here and there and it is not as dusty as the last KOA 's. This one has a pool, but doesn't have a camp kitchen or anything like that.

    The rest of the day consisted of normal routine, getting our home set up for 3 nights and off to the grocery store. As we have had the Wal-Mart experience a few times now , we try to avoid it. We went to Albertson' s market which was huge and the fruit they were selling were huge. Albertsons is a mid west market so we will be looking for this one to shop at for a bit.
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  • Day17

    Chaco Canyon

    November 4, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 10 °C

    Our next WHS for the trip was another native American site, located in a place called Chaco Canyon. This was way off the map, and required driving about 15 miles down what a ranger called the worst road in America - very rough and unpaved!

    It was definitely worth it though, the Chaco Culture sites were really interesting. It was a series of huge dwellings (towns, really) scattered through a canyon. There were also a bunch of temples known as kiwa too, one of which we toured with a very enthusiastic ranger. It must be an exciting but frustrating field to study in, since the original inhabitants are long gone (the sites were occupied around 1000-1300 AD), and of course left no written records. It's not really even known who their descendants are, though it's assumed modern local tribes like the Pueblo and the Hopi are among them.

    After spending a few hours here and filming our video we drove back out of the canyon and across to a town called Farmington, about the largest settlement in this corner of New Mexico. Lucky for us there was a local brewery where we stopped in for a pint and some dinner!
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  • Day29

    Durango , Colorado

    May 2, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    Today we woke up covered in snow. We knew it was going to snow, but not like this. It was about 3 inches of soft dry beautiful snow. We weren't freezing as we had a snow blanket covering the tent. It was awesome and very inconvenient at the same time. We were not prepared for snow. We don't have gloves or boots for any of us. Inara was intrigued by the snow, Brandon didn't like the cold.

    The reception cafe did an all you can eat pancake breakfast so we jumped in the car, with pajamas on, and headed there. It was a busy place as the other tenters had the same idea.

    We then got in the car and drove about 40 miles east to a town called Durango. It was not as high in elevation so the snow turned to rain. The kids and Josh got dressed at the bathrooms at the kids discovery Center. It was too cold to change in the tent.

    We spent 2 hours or so at the kids discovery science center in town. It was busy with school students and they were all excited with many things to do. Brandon dressed up as an astronaut, made a rocket out of paper and launched it from the launching pad, built mountains and oceans in the sand topo map installation, used a bike to power up light globes and pushed the piston in and out to spin a little carousel. Inara played at being a vet, found nemo (clown fish) and blue frogs, had a go at building circuits and enjoyed the magnetic fidget spinners.

    After the science adventure we took the suggestion from the staff to have lunch at Streamworks brewery. It was a big place and pretty busy for a wed afternoon. The adults split a flight of beer to get a taste of the many different selections they had. The meals were huge and delicious. The kids meals were great, and Brandon's hot dog was in a pretzel bun for something different. While having lunch the rain came down harder and really was a miserable day.

    Durango, from the short visit, seems to be this rugged mountain town with endless outdoor adventure stores. There is a river that runs through the town that can be kayaked /canoed and not very far from ski mountains. The buildings in the center of town were historical looking but well looked after. It would have been nice to explore the center when it wasn't cold and dreary.

    After lunch we drove around and went to the Durango mall, which consisted of maybe 10 shops. We were on the lookout for gloves for all and a pillow for Elisa, as Inara steals her pillow every night. Josh was the only one that got lucky with gloves.

    We got back up to Mesa Verde National Park and stopped in to check the night weather. It was going to be a low of 28 F or -3, a few degrees colder than last night and 60% chance of snow. It wasn't snowing when we got back and the tent was as dry as it would be, so we did a mad dash, got everything packed. Elisa took the kids scootering to the laundry room, where it was dry,and warm, while Josh and his new gloves put the tent away and packed the car. Snow flurries started happening during the pack up. On the way to the sheltered laundry room, we saw 5 deer near the path. With the snow starting, it was a perfect moment.

    The kids had vegemite sandwiches for dinner, as by the time we left the national park, it was 7pm. Our next destination was originally to be Albuquerque, but there was no way we could put up a tent 4 hours away at 11pm. We stopped at a town called Farmington in New Mexico at the very busy Motel 6.

    The drive was easy and we saw some beautiful cloud and colorful sky's from the sunset.
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  • Day33

    Aztec Ruins National Monument 1

    September 18, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    Chaco pueblo ruins in a smaller, more manageable setting than the more famous Chaco Canyon. Well worth the visit! Beautiful ruins and excellent visitors center.

  • Day4

    Day 2 : Day Harder - Farmington

    May 30, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    As our body-clocks continued to wage war against us, we once again woke on our second day here at an hour that would make milkmen cry. Are milkmen still a thing...or are they one of those things relegated to our childhood memories? Like Thundercats - remember Thundercats? Thundercats were cool.

    Having just discovered these early hours of the day actually exist, Luke is demonstrating a particular passion for breakfast and today directed us to sample a selection of Denny's 'Grand Slams', which were so damn good I forgot to take a picture until we were all done gorging.

    From breakfast we drove toward Flagstaff to peruse some more geology porn; a meteor impact crater. I drove, with Luke looking up the route on Google Maps and determining I should aim to arrive half an hour ahead of its ETA; a target time I ultimately missed by a mere three minutes but is still representative of significant ignorance of the locsl speed limit laws.

    The crater was, as in hindsight I should have expected, basically a big hole in the ground. It was impressive, albeit not quite as stunning as yesterday's big hole in the ground. There was a small museum to wander round, a Subway where we had lunch and a gift shop where I nearly bought a Route 66 keychain but then in a shocking twist didn't.

    In honour of the bravery and sacrifice of valleys everywhere, the inter-state forces of Arizona and Utah commissioned the creation of a 'Monument Valley'. This was to be our next destination, and was a helluva long way North of where we were in a totally different state. Mark drove us there at breakneck pace and we eventually arrived around an hour before sunset.

    It....was....stunning. Arriving late in the day, the 'park' was exceedingly quiet as we rumbled through on the dirt path in 4x4 mode, stopping every thirty seconds or so to take in the view and take an immense volume of pictures. I don't believe I've ever been in such awe of a landscape ; I would quite happily make this sight my screensaver, my living room wallpaper and even a replacement for that general featureless blackness I see when I close my eyes.

    We had Burger King for dinner and decided to head toward our next stop, Albequeque/Albequerque/Alberquerque/that-place-I-can't-spell. Knowing we might not find a motel given the lateness, Woody begun the first driving 'shift' in knowledge that we might have to rotate and drive through the night but we didn't as we found one and it was fine.
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  • Day33

    Aztec Ruins National Monument 2

    September 18, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    Sorry, no aliens here.

  • Day90

    Toadlena Trading Post

    November 20, 2015 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 12 °C

    The trading post was about 10 miles off the main drag, but it was paved up to the last 300 yards. Then... well let's just say that Heather refused to drive across the bridge as she feared she had suffered a concussion from the potholes preceding it.

    Thelma Brown, the young lady who helped us at the trading post was very nice, and also a rug weaver. She showed us the two rooms with rugs, the "master weaver's room" and the "more contemporary room". Heather immediately went off into the former. In this room, every rug was created using only the natural colors of the sheeps' wool, except for the black. Thelma showed us a couple of rugs that woven by Mae Lewis who, alone, does not even dye her black. Thelma also shared a couple of rugs woven by her mother Violet. The rugs were gorgeous, but Heather and I finally decided on Mae Lewis' rug that was hanging on the wall.

    Apparently it was the 2nd rug Mae had woven after her husband died. The weavers believe that every thought and feeling that takes place at the time of a weaving goes into the rug. Every rug has a single visible strand, not part of the design, leading from the center of the rug out to the edge. This is called the "Weaver's path" and is what allows all those feelings to pass on, out of the rug.

    Both Gordon and I felt mom was in the room with us, urging us to go ahead and spend the money on something truly beautiful that could give us joy for the rest of our days. As a parting gift, Thelma gave us a photo of Mae holding the rug when she brought it in. We feel honored to have it.
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  • Day90

    On to Shiprock

    November 20, 2015 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 11 °C

    There were some amazing rocks on the way. We did finally figure out which stand of rocks was Shiprock. But that brings up a question... a group of birds is a flock, a group of whales is a pod, a group of cows is a herd, but what is a group of rocks?Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

San Juan County, مقاطعة سان خوان, Сан Хуан, সান হুয়ান কাউন্টি, Comtat de San Juan, Condado de San Juan, San Juani maakond, San Juan konderria, شهرستان سن خوآن، نیومکزیکو, Comté de San Juan, San Juan, okrug, San Juan megye, Սան Խուան շրջան, Contea di San Juan, サンファン郡, San Juan Kūn, Kinteel Bił Hahoodzo, Hrabstwo San Juan, سان جوان کاؤنٹی، نیو میکسیکو, Comitatul San Juan, Сан-Хуан, Округ Сан Хуан, سان خوان کاؤنٹی، نیو میکسیکو, Quận San Juan, Condado han San Juan, 聖胡安縣

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