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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Pueblo Devol Cliff Dwelling in Southern Arizona

With all this social distancing we decided to go on an adventure. It was my Brothers birthday and that's what he wanted to do. I was itching to get out of the house. My Dad and brothers had been there  once before about 5 years ago. They said it would be about 2 hours there and then 2 hours back. So we headed on our way. We left at about 1pm. We had 2 trucks, a  ranger, and a four wheeler. The roads were really rough and we could only go about 5-10 mph the whole time. We kept going and going and they kept saying we are almost there! 4 hours later we finally got to the stopping point. It was around 5pm when we got there. We followed the trail markings to the ruins. It was incredible, the dwellings were still in pretty good shape. Probably cause no one wants to travel a bumpy road for 8 hours! We were able to see the cliff dwellings and hike back to the vehicles just as the sun was setting. We traveled home in the dark. The trip back seemed to go a lot faster than the way there. It was a very memorable trip. We had our family of 6 and all 3 of my siblings families there, and my parents. We had 10 Adults and 10 kids altogether.

We started by the Safford Airport
Solomon Pass Road
Salt Trap Road
Red Knoll Road
East Bonita Rill Road
Christensen Road

Map: How we got there

The Red X Marks The Ending Spot Where We Stopped

We stopped the trucks in the bottom of the creek and then followed the trail (little flags tied in the bushes). The hike was pretty short probably only 20 minutes maybe faster if you don't have a bunch of  kids with you.

This is what the Sign said, it's hard to read in the video.

Pueblo Devol Cliff Dwellings

Prehistoric Inhabitants

Around 800 year ago, Indians built dwellings in the cliffs above this deep canyon along Bonita Creek.It is likely that they were a small band of Kayenta Anasazi who had migrated southward from the Point of Pines area during the late 13th century or early 14th Century. Pueblo Devol, which may have contained as many as 50 rooms during the height of it occupation, is the largest cliff dwelling for this time period in southeastern Arizona. It appears that the Anasazi migrants lived here for a short period of time before moving south to the Safford Valley.

Building a Pueblo

To build this pueblo, the Anasazi gathered mud and large cobbles from the creek and carried them into the alcoves in the 3 alcoves above they constructed 2 and 3 story rooms which followed the cliff contours. The walls were made with layers of unshaped stone. The large quantities of mud mortar they where then finished by brown plaster and decorated with white horizontal lines.

The Draw of the Pueblo Devol

From the time of its discovery Pueblo Devol has attracted visitors willing to brave the long trek
to this remote site. In early days up to 75 years ago people traveled by wagon, horse, and foot over the grueling terrain in the heat to reach Pueblo Devol. After spending more than 3 hours to get here, they would make day of it, picnicking near the ruins, with children playing while parents sat near by on blankets enjoying the canyons view and listening to the birds sing.

Daily Life

For the anasazi included harvesting a wide variety of plants for food including wild walnuts, pinyon nuts, acorns, prickly pear, mesquite, yucca, and agave. Many of these plants also provided material for other uses. Mesquite, for example, was used for building materials and tools. Agave plants were a source of soap, fiber, medicine, weapons, and beverages. Yuccas provided leaves used making sandals, baskets, and rope. The hunting of games such as bighorn sheep, mule deer, javelina, m and small animals occurred in the drier uplands.

The Anasazi produced well-crafted pots for cooking and storing food. They were made of clay and had rounded bottoms.These vessels were covered with beautiful black, red and white geometric designs (polychrome).The colors were painted with brushes made from the yucca plant.

Preservation Efforts

In the 1990s, the Bureau of Land Management initiated a preservation program that included scientific studies of the site and stabilization of the fragile structures to preserve their condition and to protect them from further damage.

Artifacts found during this study included  baskets, a pot rest, corn cobs, pot sherds, a hammer stone, a Mano (a stone used as the upper millstone for grinding foods by hand in a metate), various sticks, and split yucca stalk.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Weekly Workout

Weekly Workout

Since we have lots of extra time at home and we are on our spring break I have had plenty of time to exercise. It feels good to do something for myself that makes me feel good and healthy

Monday: Physical Therapy

Tuesday: I did a yoga morning stretch and a workout. I'm really trying hard to loose some weight and                           get my knee healed.


Friday: I really liked this workout, it pushed me and the exercises were so different.


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Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Did you Know? Fun Facts about St. Patrick's Day


1. If you catch a leprechaun the Leprechaun has to tell you where all his pots of gold are hidden. You have to be careful not to take your eyes off the leprechaun though, as soon as you do he will disappear along with his gold.

2. Some people believe that St. Patrick drove all the snakes out of Ireland. Today there are no snakes to be found in Ireland.

3. Although Patrick made is mark by introducing Christianity to Ireland Patrick wasn't Irish he was British. He was born to Roman parents in Scotland or Wales. He was born in 385 Ad and Dies on March 17, 461AD. At the age of 16 he was brought to Ireland as a slave. He escaped 6 years later and became a priest. After having a vision, he returned to Ireland to convert the Irish people to Christianity. 

4. Saint Patricks Day is a big deal in both Ireland and Northern Ireland. It's a national holiday there.

5. Ireland isn't the only one to make St. Patricks day a huge deal, So Do New Yorkers

6. Chicago Celebrates by dumping green dye into the Chicago River and has been since 1962! It takes 40 tons of dye to get the river to a good festive shade of green.

7. St. Patricks Day used to Be a Dry Holiday. Most of the 20th century it was considered a religious holiday in Ireland, which means that the pubs were closed for business on March 
17. In 1970 St. Patricks Day became a national holiday and that is when it was no longer a Dry Holiday.

8. There are no female leprechauns

9. Blue was the color associated with St Patrick before the adoption of Green as the color for the festival. The color blue was featured both in the royal court and on ancient Irish flags. In 1798, the color green became officially associated with the day.

10. Shamrocks: According to Irish legend, the saint used the three-leafed plant as a metaphor for the Holy Trinity when he was first introducing Christianity to Ireland

11. The first St. Patrick's Day celebration in the United States is held in Boston in 1737

12. Your odds of finding a four-leaf clover are about 1 in 10,000.

13. According to Irish legend, St. Patrick wasn't originally called Patrick. His birth name was Maewyn Succat, but he changed it to Patricius after becoming a priest.

Hope you enjoyed these fun facts! Did you learn something new? If so I would love to know in the comments.


Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Winter Arizona Desert Adventure

We had so much fun on our Winter Adventure. It was a little cold but not too bad. The kids had a blast exploring and riding the ranger. I love finding new places to explore.

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