New Mexico
White Sands National Monument, with such a brilliant white
that it was difficult to photograph.  The sands can be hiked
in search of shade, which allowed for some striking shots in
my video.  You do not wish to be here on a hot summer day.  
The Anasazi, early Native American residents of a vast area,
left behind such sites as the ceremonial Kiva pictured above.
Bandalier National Monument offered greater access to
Anasazi structures than I expected or had found before.  
White Sands and Bandalier are in southern New Mexico.

Archaeologists ponder over why the Anasazi vanished, yet
my visit to the Taos Pueblo later on this trip suggested that
the Anasaizi's descendants are still here.      
If you have a high speed internet connection, watch the
Intrepid Berkeley Explorer's free video of this trip to
New Mexico
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Polar Bear Pueblo
White Sands and Bandalier
   National Monuments
Typical Anasazi housing, built high up for defense, while
also taking advantage of natural caves at Bandalier.
Ladder to an Anasazi cave house.  Climbing ladders
is a necessity at Bandalier, clearly the Anasazi way.
Similar ladders serve the same purpose at the Taos
Pueblo, which also has its own ceremonial Kiva.
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