Arizona trip – Day 4, Indian ruins

After the eclipse, we used Bob’s telescope to look at the planets (Venus, Mars, and Jupiter) and then we finally packed it in. We headed back to the Dam Bar & Grill (they were out of Dam chips!) to celebrate. We were tired and very silly and dinner was a great time. Then it was to bed and up really early the next morning for the long drive back to Phoenix. (Though Don was staying out west a few more days.)

On the way, we decided we had time to check out one more thing and finally settled on the Pueblo Indian ruins at Wupatki. There are a bunch of different sites and we managed to fit them all in. It was pretty cool.

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We started out at the Box Canyon ruins:
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The San Francisco Peaks are visible in the background. One of them is the tallest peak in Arizona.
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Sinkhole!
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The ballcourt – just like the Maya had:
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We all spread ourselves out in the ballcourt and make a panorama:
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Here’s Michelle’s version of it taken from the opposite side mine was…
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A blowhole:
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It can apparently blow air out or suck air in, depending on the air pressure. Being nerds, we held some paper over it and on the day we were there, it was sucking air in. Earlier in the week, when Don had been there, it had been blowing air out.
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Group shot in the only shade there was:
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A petroglyph shaped like a coiled snake:
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Pots! Such a cool find.
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Bob:
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After lunch at Wendys near Flagstaff, we said goodbye to Craig’s dad, and all crammed back into Michelle’s car for the rest of the trip. It was sooooo hot in Phoenix. And then our flight home was super warm. Blech. I was glad to get home. But the trip was really awesome, and I’m so glad we went!

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