Patricia is a regular contributor to Give Love Create Happiness. She has an adventurous spirit with a love for travel. Follow along with Pat as her journey takes her around the world.
On a Mission by Patricia
We are on a road trip to see Native American Pueblos and some old Spanish Missions. The first day went really well and we drove from Tucson through …huge elevation, winding winding roads and breathtaking vistas……… to a kind of one horse town called St John’s. When we checked into our deluxe accommodation (Days Inn) we asked where the best restaurant in town was and she said just across the street at Iggy’s. Well we looked over and could only see what we thought was a second hand store. You guessed it...that was Iggy's. As luck would have it Iggy's is closed on Mondays and we strolled up to the local Mexican hangout to have hands down the worst Mexican food ever. But the Corona was cold and we have a new kick back attitude so it was all good.
Day two found us in Zuni where the Pueblo there is the largest pueblo currently occupied. It is up around 7500-8000 feet in elevation. They speak a language unique to them and no other Indian nations understand it. Linguists have studied the language and there is debate whether or not it came from Africa. The tribe only has an oral history and have painted allot of it on the walls of the mission. So beautiful and very moving. It was truly a delight to see.
Then it was on to El Morrow which is a National monument, the oldest in the National Park system and in my mind a real treasure. Spanish explorers were there in the 17th century and the ruin itself dates from around 1275 and is the ancestral village for the Zunis that I just mentioned. The place is choko block with inscriptions by travelers through the ages. We did the 2-mile hike to the top to see the old Zuni village that housed 1200 people until they relocated to the place we went to see. Anyway it was all very interesting and just exactly what we wanted to do. Did a couple of more Missions and here we are now, in our fab hotel in delightful Santa Fe.
Here’s hoping for sunshine!
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