Earlier this year, our friends Cheh Low and Yee Tan went to a craft fair at the Cashman Center in Las Vegas. They purchased a beautiful vase made by Gary Yellowcorn Louis from Acoma Pueblo. Gary invited us to visit him at Acoma, also known as Sky City. We went there this week.
The oldest part of Acoma dates back to 500AD. Gary said Acoma is the oldest pueblo that has been continuously inhabited in the continental United States. The buildings on top of the mesa are 360 feet above ground level.
A view from the top of the mesa looking over the areas where cattle, deer and other animals roam.
We met Lilly Salvador, an Acoma Pottery Artist. She does more than the normal Acoma pottery. She makes whimsical things such as this awesome penguin that now lives with us.
This is an oven in Acoma used to bake bread. None was available the day we were there, so we went to Gramma Jo’s Bakery.
This is a cake prepared at Gramma Jo’s Bakery. It will be used in a Kiva ceremony.
As we drove across the country we enjoyed nature’s beauty. Natural rock formations are majestic and powerful.
We also saw lots of prairie. With the flat land, it seemed as if we could see forever.
In the early 1990′s we became aware of this place called Window Rock, AZ. We decided that someday we would go there and see it for ourselves. It has been updated and a nice park has been built in the area. We were happy that we stopped again to visit. There is a statue and the story of the Navajo Code Talker at the park. It is a nice tribute to the men who did so much to help during World War II.
Our next stop was the Painted Desert. As we marveled at the beauty before us, we also discussed the miracle of vision. Cameras can not capture the same picture we see in reality. We truly are blessed to have good vision.
Wood turned into beautiful crystals is almost magic. There is a lot to see and a lot to learn at this National Park.
A good breakfast is the perfect way to start the day. We went to the Cracker Barrel. It is where our friends Miss Dazey and Mr. Bruce like to go. We had this picture taken just for them.
When the bridge in London England was replaced, Robert McCulloch bought the old one and had to shipped to Lake Havasu City in AZ. It was taken apart and numbered piece by piece. He had it reassembled for all to enjoy today. Mr. McCulloch, the man famous for those fine chain saws also founded four cities; Lake Havasu City, AZ; Fountain Hills, AZ; Spring Creek, NV; and Pueblo West, CO.
We had a great time enjoying the natural beauty of America
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