“ Fill your life with adventures, not things. Have stories to tell not stuff to show.”
For the past couple of years, my family and I take a road trip to the Besh ba Gowah archaeological site, about a mile away from Globe Arizona.
This is an event I recommend to anyone visiting our state during the month of December. The event itself isn’t the only thing that is beautiful. The drive is as well.
This drive even comes with a tunnel which we don’t really have a lot of here in Arizona.
The Queen creek tunnel is 1,217 foot long (371m) and reminds me of some of the tunnels I remember when I was in Europe. There is actually a lot of history surrounding the whole area
Every now and then we will come across warning signs to watch for falling rocks. Arizona is full of boulders.
We got to the site a little early this year. The site is a 200 room prehistoric Salado masonry that sits up on a ridge overlooking the Pinal creek. It was occupied by the Salado population between AD 1225 and AD 1400.
The name Salado comes from a term that comes from the Spanish name Rio Salado. Or the Salt River. It’s a term that archaeologists came up with to describe the people who lived around this area at that time.But we really don’t know what they called themselves.
The Salado people were farmers, hunters and gatherers. They stayed in our area until climate change became too unbearable to survive in. Then they went separate ways to find better areas to farm and live in. A whole population kind of just disappeared and then a very looooooooooooooong time later, many, many, years later a bunch of archaeologist stood around scratching their heads wondering where everyone went and why, and then the fun started and they dug up beautiful pots and baskets and all kinds of treasures from the past that told a story to us all. Part of that story was that the Salado people were also artist it turns out.
I wanted to get some shots of the site in the daylight as well. Last year we came too late and I missed out on that.
There were volunteers everywhere trying to get all the luminaries lit up in time for the event. They had over 5,000 candles to lite.
I was able to explore inside the ruins this time when there was still a little light out. So strange but it turned out that my family and I plus a small handful of others were the only ones around for the longest time. It was like we had the whole place to ourselves.
Last year I remember there being hundreds of people around. Well, what happened was, was that there was a mix up at the bus stop where people were parking to be shuttled to the ruins.
We came very early and had a parking spot at the site itself but most people coming to this yearly event have to park miles away and be shuttled in. Last year the shuttle bus picked up people at the old train depot in town and this year it was at the old High School (remember that is the one that is apparently haunted).
Later after the event, late at night we drove by the old high school on the way back to the city and I looked up to the third floor and it’s huge glass windows everywhere showed one of the classrooms still had a light on in it, but the florescent lights kept flickering on and off like they were going out.
Just gave me goosebumps seeing that from the street down below. Creepy place that high school. Anyway, there was a mix up with transportation so we had the whole place mostly to ourselves as you will be able to see in the photos. Most of the people there were volunteers lighting up candles.
It is rare to not have elbow to elbow people around, but it does give all of you a better view of this beautiful event. For anyone out there who is a blogger that is bedridden and can’t get out as much, I especially hope you all enjoy these little adventures of mine. I do love sharing them with you all.
It didn’t take long for the sun to go down.
Photographers were everywhere this night.
It is one the most beautiful sites I have ever seen. Over 5,000 bags filled with tiny candles.
Here are just a few of the photos from that night..
Remember, if you are here in Arizona, visit some of our ruins but please be respectful, they are so old and every generation should be able to enjoy their beauty.
Also don’t forget to check out the gift shops in their museums. They have items in them that Native Americans make, and all kinds of things they sell for us all to enjoy.
Happy Arizona adventures everyone.
I will be off for awhile but have pre-scheduled posts for you all to read. Thank you for your visits, comments and follows. Have a beautiful day where ever you are out there in the world and stay safe everyone.