We didn’t plan on visiting the Wupatki National Monument. In fact Carolyn and I never heard of it until leaving Sunset Crater National Monument on our way to Grand Canyon. But there it was and we just had to see what was there as it appeared to be nothing but a vast prairie – a hot prairie – as the temperature was 105 degrees!
On a rock outcrop in the middle of nowhere, rises a three story pueblo that was once someone’s home.
The construction is rock upon more rock – not sun-baked mud but engineered red rock. There once was a roof probably made of wood and ladders permitting entry to each level.
Food was probably stored in the middle levels isolating it from vermin and lizards. It was slightly cooler on the lowest level but still over a 100 degrees. How did they avoid the heat?
To the south, the volcanos were visible and scattered around were the black “bombs” of explosion thrown rocks. This settlement happened after the eruption.
We now are headed to a major desination – Grand Canyon National Park! There is absolutely no evidence that anything as immense as the Grand Canyon exists here on the very flat prairie. We are excited! Come join us tomorrow!