We managed to get a little sight-seeing in between the track meets. We went to Old Town Albuquerque and went to mass at San Felipe de Neri Church which is one of the oldest standing buildings in the city. We also managed to get out to Petroglyph National Monument and take a couple of hikes. The monument protects one of the largest petroglyphs sites in North America. The petroglyphs were carved by Native Americans and Spanish settlers into the volcanic rocks 400 to 700 years ago and there are over 24,000 in the park. Petroglyphs are more than just “rock art,” picture writing, or an imitation of the natural world. They should not be confused with hieroglyphics, which are symbols used to represent words, nor thought of as ancient Indian graffiti. Petroglyphs are powerful cultural symbols that reflect the complex societies and religions of the surrounding tribes and their placement and orientation to the horizon and surrounding images is significant.
February 23rd – Petroglyph National Monument – Albuquerque, NM