Los Alamos and Bandelier

David Johnson, May 2007

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Bandelier National Monument, New Mexico
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Frijoles Canyon
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The cliffs are volcanic tuff
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Frijoles Canyon is just south of Los Alamos
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It is one of many canyons in the Pajarito Plateau
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Ancestral Pueblo (Anasazi) indians made their home here
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The big kiva, a religious center
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Tyuonyi Pueblo on the canyon floor
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This pueblo contained four hundred rooms
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A kiva in Tyuonyi
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Most rooms were probably used for storage
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Looking down on Tyuonyi
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The pueblo is over six hundred years old
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Rooms were carved out of the soft cliffs
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Most had stone rooms built in front
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Caves are plastered and smoke-blackened
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Much of this is natural erosion
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Cliff face and walkway
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A reconstructed home
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Looking up to the top of the cliff
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A cavate
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Looking back along the canyon
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A home in the stone
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Remnants of a home
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Looking down on Tyuonyi
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Looking back on the home reconstruction
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Perhaps a hundred people lived out on the canyon floor
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Reconstructed cavate
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Cave Kiva
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Cliffs over the Long House
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Rainclouds in the distance. It snowed later in the day
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The "Long House"
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A long row of houses built along the cliff face
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Multistory apartments
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Along the cliff
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Stone walls and cavates
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Back wall and cubbyhole
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Three stories marked by viga holes
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Looking back along the cliff
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This is a bat cave
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Preserved plaster with design
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At the end of the Long House
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Pictograph of a macaw
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Cottonwood trees
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Short trail to the Alcove House
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Small group of dwellings across the canyon
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Layers of volcanic tuff
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Alove House
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Accessible by steep paths and ladders
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Teh climbing was too much for my trick knee
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Seen from across the canyon
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Coming back towards the visitor center
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Another view from across the canyon
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Little Boy and Fat Man, Bradbury Science Museum in Los Alamos
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Reproduction of"Fat Man, the second atomic bomb
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Atomic comics!
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Leslie Groves and Robert Oppenheimer, parents of the atomic bomb
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Leaving Los Alamos