One More Vacation Post

places, Travel

Arrived Home!!  it is now October 16th in the evening – the following post was written a couple days ago – I will be getting life back in order today and hopefully can squeeze some time in for quilting too.


I am writing this on October 13th in the evening and I’m surprised I was able to have a blog post scheduled almost every day if not every day – I don’t remember now if I missed any days.  Thanks to all of you that followed along and I appreciated all the nice comments.  I know I wasn’t able to answer every comment as my wi-fi was kinda of bad at times, I think I eventually was able to read all my comments and didn’t miss any but I was not always able to respond or eventually forgot I was going to!  If you need an answer on anything let me know!

El Moro National Monument in New Mexico was the last place that we wanted to hike and spend any time at.  After that it was three days driving home – not super long driving times – about 5 – 6  hours a day with plenty of stop and stretch as you can moments.

I have been asked how do we find these off the beaten path places to visit.  Well some are  very popular places and have lots of people milling about and others though are not busy in the least.  I like to get paper maps out – map books the Rand McNally kind – look at the state you want to go to and start looking for all the national monuments, parks, green splotches on the map indicate these places – then I start to google and see what comes up.  Some of the places we found years before internet and google and found them through the map books, old encyclopedia’s, geography books et.  We look at what route we want to drive to include as many of these places that we want to see as possible without back tracking a lot.  Campgrounds are indicated on the state maps and we also have several campground books in the camper that we get yearly updates on.  Sometimes too you can google a state – and find out what places of interest they have.  Some places we visited back in the 1970’s and keep going back as we like them and some are new to us.

Any how El Moro the last hiking place:


And by now you know the trails we seem to pick have a lot of steps!  this one had plenty of them


the ruins are at the top of the mesa


and here is the kiva (religious room)


Looking back at Mike taking his photos – I was leading and I must admit I lost the trail a couple of time when there were no steps in view – just going over the rock with cairns here and there marking the trail


A view before we head down


Looking back at the canyon – isn’t that towering rock in the center gorgeous


And this one – if you look at the top on the left you can see the rock is cracked


Here is a close up – they are watching this area in case they ever think it will crumble away but they don’t think it will be in our life time.


Inscriptions at the base of the mountain from the 1800’s and earlier – they were very hard to get photos of because of the lighting.  This one is from a Lieutenant in the  Army from 1849


This one I do not see a date but the writing was clear – this is sandstone – easy to carve in.


Mike got a cold the beginning of the last week that we were gone and sure enough I got his cold about 4 days ago – still going through the sniffly nose and sore throat part of it but I’m sure I will be back to normal in a couple days – wish it wouldn’t have hit me the last 3 days as we were traveling home though – that sure made it tiring.  Melanie greeted us home with supper in the crockpot and helped carry some things in from the camper.  The rest well be done today – I think grocery shopping might be able to wait until Monday – just might have enough in the house to last us until then.

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10 comments… add one
  • Celia Oct 17, 2015

    Karen, I’ve really enjoyed following your trip and seeing all your hikes. We were fortunate enough to visit Bryce Canyon and Lake Powell some years ago and it brought back some happy memories. The scenery is so different from ours here in England. I hope you are soon recovered from your cold and can enjoy your quilting time again. Celia

  • Vicki W Oct 17, 2015

    Welcome home! Hope the cold doesn’t keep you down.
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  • Jo Ferguson Oct 17, 2015

    These were my favourite photos of the trip. What an incredible place and those steps…….were simply amazing.
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  • Deb Oct 17, 2015

    Oh my that is a lot of steps but how gorgeous when you get to the top.

    Hope you can kick the cold asap! 🙂

  • Sandra B Oct 17, 2015

    Welcome home!!

    More awesome pictures! What a great trip you had…and thanks for taking us along! I thoroughly enjoyed following along on your journey!
    Hope your cold is short lived!

  • Patti Oct 17, 2015

    Beautiful ruins & rock formations .. love the engravings with dates – that’s really awesome! Hope you’re over the cold real soon.

  • suzanne Oct 17, 2015

    Loved all your vacation posts. So glad you shared. I’ve seen the two most popular ruins in Mexico, but haven’t seen any in the US – I guess I’m rather backwards!

    Welcome home and I hope you feel better soon.

  • Mary Ann Oct 17, 2015

    Thanks for sharing all the wonderful photos about your trip. Look forward to reading about any trip you or the both of you take.

  • Mary Ann Oct 18, 2015

    I have enjoyed traveling with you. These last photos are beautiful. It is amazing that the writings have lasted all these years. Hope you are feeling better. The weather has certainly changed. We are under a freeze warning for the weekend and the trees are in full color.

  • Kathy Oct 18, 2015

    Whoa … that’s a lot of stairs! But seeing the ruins would make all those stairs worth the effort.
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