Wonders of New Mexico -Day 3

On our third day, we solely spent our time visiting the Bandelier National Monument.

These monuments preserve the homes and territories of the ancestral Puebloans of a later era in the South-West. Most of the pueblo structures date to two eras, dating between 1150 and 1600 AD.

So much for its history:

It was an hour and almost 45 minutes drive from where we were staying at the time. One our way we passed through the White Mountains which truly resembled its name at the time. Covered with snow the mountains looked amazing .

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It was a wonderful experience for me as I had never seen such a picturesque view.

Once there, we first went to the Visitor’s Centre .

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There we chose the “Main Loop Trail” which took us almost 1 hour 45 minutes to complete. Throughout trail there are ladders you must climb to get into the ancient Puebloan houses.

I have posted here some pictures that we clicked while walking through the trail.

When we began walking towards the Puebloan dwellings.
The houses from far. Try to identify the little ladders connecting the houses.
This well or large dug out area was supposedly used for some rituals as mentioned by the archaeologists.
View from a house. Notice the mountains opposite, covered in snow.
Mr. Long Legs sitting in one of the dwellings.
Us after we completed the trail.

I would rate this tourist spot a 5/5 . Please make sure to visit this monument when you are there in New Mexico.

River and the tree

Flowing peacefully and maintaining

it’s smooth pace,

Never does the river stop to greet

Only during fall, it trials down lightly,

Moving in a slow pace it notices the tree.

The one and only who waits for her every year,

The tree can do nothing but watch her flow,

He is patient, he knows her route

recounting each story –

The memories of storms and rolling rocks,

she collects through the year,

As the dry winter passes away,

Her undercurrents get fiercer

The river turns unstable again,

But the tree manages to stay there for her.

The world is too much with us

Today I am going to give a brief biography of William Wordsworth and then a summary of the poem will be presented.

Biography

William Wordsworth was born in April 7, 1770 in Cockermouth, Cumberland, England. At the age of 13 he was an orphan , yet he did well in his school and later joined Cambridge University and graduated from there. On a trip to France he fell in love with Annette Vallon, who became pregnant. But later a declaration of war between England and France separated the two. In 1795 he met Samuel Taylor Coleridge; both of them became friends and later worked on “Lyrical Ballads” together. In 1802 there was a temporary lull in the war which meant he could see Annette and their daughter, Caroline. But he again had to return back due to limited funds. Later that year he got married. In 1843 Wordsworth was appointed as the Poet Laureate (official poet of a country) . He died on April 23, 1850.

Summary

In this poem , the Poet shows his anger towards us greedy , unsatisfied humans. When he says ” is too much with us” , he means that we have received so much from the nature that we are not able to handle it properly. Bestowed upon us was a huge ore of resources by mother nature and that is the reason we don’t know how to appreciate it. At the end he says he wants to be raised as a pagan so that he is able to love and worship the nature and Gods related to it.

Destiny

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Withering leaves,  the autumn twigs,
All were meant to dry
None could hold up if not for their will –
Destiny never led the path;
The tree chose its own way not to die,
Relations are strong,  with a will,
Weaker it will,  with destiny following it;
Life doesn’t end without a destiny,
Putting our lives before destiny,  will make us live.