The WINs have moved on to Delores, CO. We heard that there was a private tour of the huge cluster of Anasazi ruins right up the road at Yellow Jacket. It was a half mile tromp through sage brush. I should not have worn shorts...
The Yellow Jacket Pueblo was the site of a large village from the mid-1000s to the late 1200s AD. This is what it looked like then. It covered 100 acres and 195 kivas, 19 towers, and up to 1200 rooms. Wow! I couldn't wait!
This is what it looks like now. Oh...
Our guide Dennis showed us the highlights -
Of which this is one. Let's just say you needed a good imagination. Apparently, they have dug these ruins up, and then reburied them to preserve them. I just didn't get it.
This rock was kind of interesting.
We did see a couple of petroglyphs. I think this is supposed to be a lizard.
I thought the most interesting thing was the pottery shards. There were a fair number of them around.
Including some painted ones.
We are staying at the campground at McPhee Reservoir. The water is really low due to the drought.
It's a beautiful campground, though, with short junipers and pinyon pines, so I can get my solar and satellite.