road trip     

santa fe

Petroglyph National Monument


Sacred Datura

I thought this looked just like the Moonflowers we grow at home. Sure enough, it's in the same family: nightshade. Moonflowers have an intoxicatingly sweet aroma. Sacred Datura is reported to have a "rank odor." We didn't check to see.

Mesa Point Trail

This trail was "moderately strenuous" and led up the side of the mesa, past dozens of petroglyphs etched through the black desert veneer of volcanic rock into the lighter tan interior.

Mesa Point

The trail wound up the steep side.

Intrepid hiker

One of the many petroglyphs, created by the people who lived here 400-700 years ago, but some may be as old as 2,000-3,000 years.

Another interesting petroglyph

Bird form petroglyph

This guy looked fierce


Text and images copyright 2017 Thomas D'Alessio