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A Climb To The Alcove House

Wearing a sundress and a Teva slippers, all I was prepared to do was some leisurely walk around the Bandelier National Monument. Alcove House sounded good to explore halfway through the Main Loop Trail but I was not prepared to take almost ninety degrees steep climb to this fascinating place. This was taken before the last of the four ladders I have to climb. When I was at the top, I could only admire strength and bravery of those people who came and lived here. Have a great day, my dear Flickr friends! :D

  

Half way through the Main Loop Trail a choice must be made, turn back toward the visitor center or continue another half mile each way ( 1 mile round trip) to Alcove House. Formerly known as Ceremonial Cave, this alcove is located 140 feet above the floor of Frijoles Canyon. Once home to approximately 25 Ancestral Pueblo people, the elevated site is now reached by 4 wooden ladders and a number of stone stairs. In Alcove House, there is a reconstructed kiva and the viga holes and niches of former homes. Imagine climbing these ladders, carrying whatever supplies were needed, to this lofty home. From: www.nps.gov/band/planyourvisit/alcove-house.htm

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Taken on July 7, 2009