In May 2017 we visited Bandelier National Monument in New Mexico for the first time. A very close friend of Rita’s said it was a must do while we were in New Mexico. She said to Rita: “I can just see you in one of those dwellings meditating and doing your shamanic thing.” So we packed a lunch, plenty of water, and not nearly enough batteries to sustain all the photos and video we didn’t realize we were going to take during our visit. Knowing nothing about it, and (in error) assuming it was one of those “walk to the attraction and walk back to your car” kind of monuments, so we were truly blown away by the vastness and ended up spending half a day exploring and hiking.
And this is where my camera battery decided to die. And where we discovered there was still so much more to see and hike. We continued on for a few more miles to one of the highest dwellings in the park. It consisted of multiple ladders to reach the top. Me being scared of heights made my way up to about halfway and then turned around. Val and Lena went all the way to the top, but our batteries had all died so we have no proof of their bravery. But I was assured it was amazing up there.
Bandelier National Park is definitely worth the visit. They have a small campground inside the park. But our girl, Phoenix the RV, is way too long to ever be able to camp there. But I expect that this will be one of those places where we’ll go back, and perhaps just tent camp for a night so we can really experience the land, hear the whispers of the past, and honor those who once lived here.