Morning hike on the north rim of Canyon de Chelly. This is actually a northern branch of Canyon de Chelly called Canyon del Muerto (I’ll get to why it got that name in a later posting)- this canyon is narrower and more rugged than the main canyon and most visitors to the area, if not going on a Navajo-led trip into the canyon, usually go to the south rim.
The primary route into and out of Canyon de Chelly for the Navajo that still live in the canyon is through the mouth of the canyon on the west near the town of Chinle. There the canyon is wide and the walls are less than 100 feet high. But the deeper you go into the canyons, the taller the walls get but the elevation of the canyon floor stays the same- that’s because the canyon was cut into the slope of what is called the Defiance Uplift, a broad, forested plateau that includes the Chuska Mountains to the east of Canyon de Chelly.
By the time you get to were were hiking this morning, the walls are easily over 1000 feet above the canyon floor with the elevation at the rim 7200 feet above sea level while the elevation at the opening is only 5800 feet above sea level.
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This are the Antelope House ruins at Canyon de Chelly National Monument from 1000 feet up on the canyon’s north rim. Under that grove of trees just below the ruins are two small houses- one belongs to one of our two Navajo guides, Ben, and the other belongs to his daughter. They are one of the 40 families that still live inside Canyon de Chelly. In the lower right of the photo you can make out some farm fields- Ben told us he didn’t plant anything this year as it’s been drier than usual.
Antelope House is so named for the antelope drawings on the sunlit portion of the canyon wall (I’ll post a better picture of those). The ruins were once an 80-room multistory complex built by the Hopi.
The first inhabitants of Canyon de Chelly were the Ancestral Puebloans. They were formally known as the Anasazi- but that name has fallen out of favor. When the archaeologists started studying the Four Corners region of the American Southwest, much of what got most academic studies started were assistance from the predominant Indian tribe in the region, the Navajo.
The Navajo aren’t native to the area- believe it or not, they’re descended from the Athabascan tribes of Canada and they moved gradually south (the Apache are also descendants of the Athabascans). There’s been an uneasy co-existence between the Navajo and the Hopi and Pueblo tribes- the Hopi and the Pueblo are one of some 21 modern day Indian tribes that are descended from the Ancestral Puebloans.
Well it tuns out “Anasazi” is a Navajo term that means “ancient enemies” and has derogatory overtones for the Hopi, Pueblo and other tribes that descended from the Ancestral Puebloans.
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They say a girl who cuts her hair is about to change her life...or go on a solo 10-day road trip! WHAAA!?💃🏼
A bittersweet weekend as my internship comes to a close. Working in my first National Park has been incredible! The friends I’ve made, the people I’ve met, and those I helped educate on history are invaluable to me. I will truly cherish this summer forever 💚. #internship #nationalparkservice #nps
Why aren’t we celebrating this more grandly? #womenshistory
Repost from @nationalparkservice
On this day in 1920, the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified, guaranteeing women's suffrage. In 1848 the movement for women’s rights launched on a national level with the Seneca Falls Convention organized by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott. Following the convention, the demand for the vote became a centerpiece of the women’s rights movement. Stanton and Mott, along with Susan B. Anthony and other activists, raised public awareness and lobbied the government to grant voting rights to women. Explore the stories associated with the struggle for suffrage rights and learn about how women from diverse backgrounds and communities continued to demand greater civil liberties even after the passage of the 19th amendment at https://www.nps.gov/subjects/womenshistory/19th-amendment.htm
Image: Pin from the collection of @womensrightsnps
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Love this quote! But it’s a bit of a mystery who to credit. A NPS movie we watched said “old native proverb” but a quick Google search credits Wendell Berry with an earlier version. Over the years the quote has been modified, but the meaning remains the same. 🌎
“We can learn about it from exceptional people of our own culture, and from other cultures less destructive than ours. I am speaking of the life of a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers, but borrowed from his children; who has undertaken to cherish it and do it no damage, not because he is duty-bound, but because he loves the world and loves his children.” —The Unforeseen Wilderness: An Essay on Kentucky’s Red River Gorge, 1971
#nature #quote #nationalpark #nationalparkservice #nps #travel #explore #roadtrip #keepexploring #nationalparkgeek
Kouchubouguac National Park also has quite a few walking paths. Our first evening in the park we wandered out into "the bog". We learned the word "bog"can comes from a Celtic word meaning "slow". Hence you can get "bogged down". Its basically land that has enough decayed vegetation which is too soft to walk on. Sphagnum moss was also used in diapers (eww) and for medical treatments. #roadschool
They say eventually the soggy landscape will take over the forest but for now this tower is still on solid ground right at the edge.
Tag someone who wouldn’t mind waking up here. Joshua Tree is located in the higher and cooler Mojave Desert, the special habitat of the tree for which the community and National Park were named—the Joshua tree. In our October 2015 issue, we discussed how the community of Joshua Tree became a seriously cool place for creatives. Check it out at the link in our bio. Photo by @candida. #traveldeeper
They say to make sure you take time to enjoy the little things. Don't forget to take time to enjoy the BIG things, too. ⛰
Another shot from the canyons in AZ.