Day 951: Pecos NHP

This morning I was encouraged to model the owl hat that Trish made for B:

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Trish made a yummy breakfast:

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Another owl hat:

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I think it looks better on B:

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After homeschool, we drove south and east to Pecos National Historical Park:

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We were given an overview of the park:

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After watching the park video, we went through the visitor center’s exhibit space:

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Out on the trail, we could see the church that was built here by the Spanish.  Like at Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument, an Indian pueblo stood here for centuries before the Spanish came and built a mission here to “civilize” the natives:

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Out on the trail, NPS has built a simulated kiva:

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Down we go:

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Most of the pueblo remains unexcavated, but this portion has been revealed by archeologists.  This pueblo, built in the 1400s, housed over 2,000 people and was four stories high:

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The first church was built here by the Spanish in 1625.  It was destroyed by the Indians in the Pueblo Revolt of 1680.  By the time the Spanish crushed the revolt in the early 1690s, the pueblo had fewer residents, so the second church, completed in 1717, was smaller than the first:

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On our way back to the visitor center, we walked over the faint outline of the once well-travelled Santa Fe Trail:

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Back at the visitor center, the kids completed their Junior Ranger workbooks and received their badges:

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From Pecos, we continued east to overnight at the Walmart of Las Vegas, New Mexico.  See the trip map for today’s drive and our current location.

Day 950: Another Concrete Arrow, Petroglyph NM
Day 952: Fort Union National Monument

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