Originally published 15 February, 2014
At the entrance of the cave dwellings.
We got started out early today, as we were traveling far.....everything out here is far. Nothing is close. Our destination today was the Gila Cliff Dwellings.
Remote desert moutnains
To say they are remote would be an insult to remote. They were out there. It's around 45 or 50 miles from where we are to the cliff dwellings. There is NOTHING between here and there. And we're not talking the figurative nothing....we're talking the real nothing. No stores, no fuel, no towns, NOTHING. We head out. About ten miles into the trip, I realize that we didn't fill up with fuel before we left. We had half a tank...and I thought we would have enough to make the trip. I also had ten gallons of fuel in Jerry cans in the bed, which buy me another 200 miles....so I knew we were fine. We press on.
Marty told us about how the people lived, when they lived there (around 1200 AD), and details about their lives. We wandered the caves, saw where the people lived, and how they lived. It was a great place to visit, and it was not even close to crowded. It's remote, being 45 or 50 miles from the small town of Silver City...and requires a 2 mile walk. While not that difficult, it is not for the timid and those afraid to travel. This keeps the crowds down.
The view from inside the cliff dwellings
We left the cliff dwellings and headed around a "loop", which was supposed to take us to several towns and attractions....which were wide spots in the road with most of the businesses closed or out of business. And it's Saturday! We continued our trek.
The place is kinda spooky, but it just draws you to it. Laruie and I were discussing it with a local there shooting pictures. We compared it to Chernobyl, without the radiation. It's like everyone just walked away one day and left everything there.
Fort Bayard Post office
I could stay at Fort Bayard with my film cameras for weeks, shooting hundreds of rolls of films. It was just an incredibly interesting place...and such a testament to those who have gone before us. We closed out our visit with a walk through the military cemetery.
After we leave the cemetery, we head back to the motorhome and dinner. Tomorrow is moving day...and we head to Arizona. Talk to ya tomorrow!
Quote of the day- "Traveling is almost like talking to men of other centuries."- Rene Descartes
Song of the day- Time Passages- Al Stewart
I'm Bill. My wife Laurie and I love to travel and share our stories. We especially love it when we have been able to motivate our readers to start traveling on their own, and making their own stories.
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