We went again into Farmington and did antique mall, quite a good one as it turns out. Jo bought stuff. We had tacos for supper. Of course we did, we were in New Mexico, after all. The next day being Sunday we went to church with Wes and Joan at the Aztec Church of the Nazarene, their home church. We had dinner at our hosts' home and lazed away the afternoon.
Monday morning, we visited Aztec Ruins National Monument which is only three or four miles from our base. Were there really Aztecs in Northern New Mexico? you are supposed to ask. No, of course not. The Indians who occupied the area were the Anasazi, or "The People" as they designated themselves. Very interesting site. Don't miss it when you are in the area.
Lunch was at an authentic Mexican restaurant. Food was great and available in whatever degree of "hot" one might desire. Following lunch, we shopped around downtown Aztec. Specialty and curio shoppes in some number, but Aztec as a center of commerce has seen its day if it ever had one. Not so different in that regard from hundreds of other towns across the land since the advent of the suburban mall, the K-Mart, and the Walmart. A bicycle ride cost us two new tubes. I rode through a patch of goathead. When I replaced the tubes I removed eight thorns from one tire, twelve from the other.
On Wednesday, October 22 we said our farewells to Joan and Wes who never fail to remind us that if we never meet again on this orb we have an appointment to gather together at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. We drove through Farmington and Shiprock turning once again inadvertently to the south. We discovered the error and returned to Shiprock and continued on in our intended direction. We did get some good shots of the Shiprock while on the detour.
We drove on a while, then took an intentional detour to the north in order to visit the Four Corners Monument. As in every scenic overlook or point of interest which lies within the Indian Nation, the entire area around the marker is surrounded by vendors' booths, which though constructed of bare 2 x 4s and plywood and quite tacky in appearance, were occupied by skilled artisans, many plying their trade and all offering their wares for sale. Beadwork, jewelry, pottery, blankets, and paintings were among the available items. JoAnn bought stuff. We ate fry bread and burgers, moved on down the road. -TBC
Standing in Four States.