Abo Ruins

So, it’s been a while. How’ve you been? I’ve missed you, the people of blog land, and Mom, (hi Mom!). Things have been a hoppin’ around these parts, but I don’t feel like talking about it. Nothing bad, all good stuff has been going on, I just need to organize my thoughts and photos. Instead, I’ll just show you some pretty pictures from my birthday weekend trip. Yeah, I know it’s the beginning of June and my birthday was way back in April, but darn it, I took photos and edited them for you so I’m gonna share. Sit tight, relax, and enjoy this virtual sight seeing tour of Nowhere New Mexico.

Actually it wasn’t Nowhere NM, it’s the Abo Ruins just outside of Mountain Air. This was one of the most pleasant stops we hit up on our way down to Las Cruces. The weather was perfect, there weren’t any crowds, and it was free. Now, that’s something I can do an awkward happy dance for!

The ruins consisted of one large building with a few out buildings that were later built by ranchers in the late 1800’s.

I’ll give those little rattlers all the privacy they need, thankyouverymuch.

The main mission consisted of several large rooms, the main structure itself served as the center of the community.

Look at those stones that the structures are made of, can you believe they did all of this by hand? There were no crews of brawny Canadians that came out and made this right (enter Holmes on Homes joke here.)

Although this was a Catholic mission there are still remnants of the Native American culture and religion. Here’s a kiva as evidence.

I had to include this one, see that bottom sign with Caution man walking his dog? His posture reminds of my posture when going on an evening pull walk with Goldie dog.

I hope you enjoyed this little visit to Nowhere NM with me. I don’t know about you, but I  needed a little virtual vacation since there won’t be road trips  this weekend.  Bubba and I  have made plans to start a little remodeling project on the ol’ casa de yellow. We will be ripping out the old carpet in the living room and putting down vinyl plank flooring. Pray for us, hopefully there will be no gnashing of teeth.

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61 thoughts on “Abo Ruins

    • Actually, since I visited Abo at the beginning of April it wasn’t hot yet. New Mexico stays pretty mild until mid-summer, then the dry heat begins. Thanks for commenting!

  1. A few weeks ago, I took a field trip class to the Santa Fe region. We visited ruins at Chaco, Pecos and Bandelier. This is a great post and made me realize that we should expand our excursions next year.

  2. This reminds me of my trip to Peru where I visited the ruins Macchu Picchu. It’s truly astonishing and gets your mind thinking that, a long time ago people used to live here. Too bad most of the structures didn’t survive. We only get to witness the foundation, lol. Still a beautiful memory you have here.

    • Peru must have been awesome! It’s pretty amazing that even the foundations are still standing after centuries. I don’t know if anything of my house will still be in existence a couple of centuries from now! Thank you, it really is a nice memory.

  3. I’m in the process of putting the ruins in a map–any chance you would share one of your pics? I’ll gladly give photo credit! I’m also a fellow New Mexican. Congrats on getting Freshly Pressed. It’s nice to see something worthwhile on there for a change.

  4. Love the photos! Looks like quite an intriguing place. I was laughing out loud reading about the rattlesnake privacy thing. Hahahaha! And the dog and its owner is also hilarious.
    Congratulations for being on Freshly Pressed!

    • I am by no means an expert on this, so if anyone out there has a better answer feel free to speak up! But from what I’ve gathered a kiva is a room used by Native Americans for religious rituals. You’ll have to ask someone else about what type of rituals, because again, I’m not an expert, just a silly girl with an itchy shutter finger.

    • From a sign posted at the site: “In Pueblo tradition, kivas are underground meeting chambers for conducting religious ceremonies, teaching children, telling stories, and weaving.” No one outside the pueblo is ever allowed inside, and there is great secrecy about rituals, so the types of rituals are not known. Missionaries forbade practice of most traditions and ritual, so such things had to be done in secret. One pueblo man told me that they are often used as giant sweat lodges for communal purification. Since there is total darkness inside, he claims that one yearly ritual at his pueblo involves anonymous sexual coupling, which may be why the pueblos have a tradition of treating all pueblo children as their own, and raise them communally. (but still retaining a nuclear family structure) I have no idea if this is true, but you’ll never find proof one way or the other.

  5. I chuckled when I read your caption of the rattlesnake sign–about giving the snakes all the privacy they need. When my parents took a roadtrip across the Southwest, they ended up at a rest area where the parks dept put up signs warning people about snakes in the restrooms. My mom joked that she had to go to the bathroom pretty bad so she wasn’t going to worry about snakes, even though she freaks out around snakes. Fortunately, there were no snakes hanging out in the restroom that day.

    Love your photos.

  6. I have to admit, I was intrigued by the title (Abo is a perjorative slur for the natives of Australia so I was wondering how a racist rant about aborigines got Freshly Pressed; needless to say I was surprised [though I shouldn’t have been] that this was nothing of the sort). Lovely pictures and from an area I haven’t spent too much time in; which makes it a definite treat. And thanks for expanding my horizons on the word Abo.

      • Probably won’t matter too much, provided you don’t get too many hits from Australia! I only picked up on it because I am very interested in racism (though, hopefully not a racist. Hard to tell, racists never think that they are racists). Wikipedia has a very fine list and you would be hard pressed not to find words that are similar to commonly used words in one’s everyday lexicon.

  7. Have you been to the Mesa Verde ruins in Colorado…..A must trip. We visited a couple of years ago and the ruins are beautifully intact and require hiking down cliff sides. I labeled that post Location, Location, Location as a joke…but definitely worthy a trip if you like ruins. We spent an entire day there and still could of spent more time

    • I visited the park and the museum, but being as we were just passing through I couldn’t hike down to the actual ruins. I’d like to go back someday. Chaco Canyon is very cool too if you ever get a chance to visit. I love that post title! I guess it really was the best location at the time of construction.

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