This morning after a late breakfast, I visited Petroglyph National Monument on the northwest side of Albuquerque. I hiked three trails in the Boca Negra Canyon, all of them short.
Boca Negra Canyon is considered the birthplace of Petroglyph National Monument. In the 1960s it was known as Indian Petroglyph State Park. In 1986 the entire 17-mile escarpment, where most of the petroglyphs are, was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 1990 Congress established the Petroglyph National Monument. The National Park Service, the State of New Mexico and the City of Albuquerque are mandated to protect and preserve it. Unfortunately, some of the petroglyphs have been defaced by people who don't care about other cultures or the rights of those who do care.
Before leaving the Monument parking lot, I ate my lunch. Then I drove to Tijeras a few miles east of Albuquerque to spend a couple of days just loafing at the Hidden Valley Resort. It is built on a hillside with lots of trees. Even though it is just off I-40, the freeway noise is not intrusive. All the trees act as a soundproof barrier.
It has been very cloudy and chilly all day, but it hasn't even sprinkled. I thought surely it would rain.