Posi-Ouinge Ruins in New Mexico

Posi-Ouinge Trailhead

Posi-Ouinge Trailhead

Winter is a beautiful time of the year to tour ancient Puebloan ruins in New Mexico. The Posi-Ouinge Ruins near Ojo Caliente are no exception.  The trailhead begins right behind the main entrance to the Ojo Caliente Hot Springs Resort & Spa.

The trail to Posi is steep and rocky in places, sandy, and level in others. The round trip hike covers about a mile.  Visitors should wear comfortable hiking shoes, carry water, and plan on an hour’s walk.

The Half A Mile Climb

The Half A Mile Climb

Climb up about a half mile to breathtaking views that the original inhabitants enjoyed.

Posi-Ouinge or Posi, the “Greenness Pueblo”, is a special place for many Tewa Indians. The early Tewa lived in the Ojo Caliente drainage during the late 1300s until the early 1500s, just before the Spanish entered the area.

Throughout history, Ojo Caliente has always been a special place. Continue your walk up the trail and imagine life here half a millennium years ago.

Directional Stone Caryns

A surprise at the top of your first climb is a large grouping of stone caryns.  It obviously is a popular resting point giving you time to add your own caryn.

Posi was a vibrant center of activity in the 15th century.  The village may have had as many as 1,000 ground floor rooms and almost as many on the second and third levels. There were doorways and roof entryways accessing each floor. Fire pits in the clay floors kept the small rooms warm. Adobe was an efficient building material, retaining warmth in the winter, and maintaining cool temperatures in the summer.

Today, little remains; but Tewa pottery shards are everywhere!  Posi is a special place to those who live in northern New Mexico. Out of respect for the Pueblo descendents, please look closely, take photographs, but leave them as they are.

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Shard in Snow

Shard in Snow

This is their history.  Surviving all kinds of weather, the Tewa leave permanent gifts to mankind.

Posi Overlook of Ojo Caliente Hot Springs

Posi Overlook of Ojo Caliente Hot Springs

Finally, the descent down gives you views of Ojo Caliente Hot Springs Resort, a great place to stay and soak your body after your climb to Posi-Ouinge Ruins.

For more information about New Mexico Pueblos,

please visit  http://www.indianpueblo.org/19pueblos/

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Santa Fe Tour Introduction and Wine Tasting

Free Wine Tasting

Free Wine Tasting

 

You are invited to a Santa Fe Art & Culinary Tour Presentation & Free Wine Tasting

Affinity Group Tours and Travel offers an evening of wine tasting to introduce the

Santa Fe Art and Culinary Tour

scheduled for May 31 – June 4, 2014

This tour is for those who love art, cuisine, beauty, & history! Enjoy an exciting group tour description. Hear of the many exquisite art galleries, museums, the cooking school, the Historic Downtown walking tours, and the luxury accommodations. Meet the Artist Tour Guide, and learn how the Arizona Consortium for the Arts will benefit. Come join us and register early. Space is limited so RSVP now. Mark your calendars for January 17th!

What:       Tour Presentation & Free Wine Tasting

When:      Friday, January 17, 2014

Where:     Total Wine & More – San Tan Village 2224 E Williams Field Rd., Gilbert, AZ  (in their classroom)

Time:       6:30 – 8:30pm

Other:      Please invite others to join us. For more information about the tour, this educational event, or to RSVP: contact@affinitygrouptours.com

Antelope and Glen Canyons Tour in October

Antelope Canyon  Sun Spot

Antelope Canyon
Sun Spot

October is one of the best months to visit Antelope Canyon, Glen Canyon, and Lake Powell in Northern Arizona.  I will be leading a tour starting from the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix on Friday, October 11 and returning Sunday, the 13th.  Check this out!

This opportunity is a chance in a lifetime to get those perfect photos.  For example, we will experience a sunset evening cruise on breathtaking Lake Powell, climb down into Antelope Canyon with our Navajo guide telling ancient stories as we go;  and later, it’s a raft trip on the Colorado River near Glen Canyon Dam.  No cameras are allowed on the boats. I wonder why?

Colorado River Rafting

Colorado River Rafting

Sunday, we will be guided through the actual Glen Canyon Dam learning it’s history and how it operates today.  And if we are lucky, we may also have time to hike up through the sandy trail to the Horseshoe Bend overlook for a shutterbug’s dream advantage point above The Colorado River.

Join me on this magnificent tour.  To read more or sign up, contact Affinity Group Tours of Phoenix.  See link below.

Horseshoe Bend Overlook

Horseshoe Bend Overlook

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Costa Rica Thanksgiving “In Style”

Contact LonaLee Thull, owner of Friendly Cruises, Inc. and tell her “Denise sent me!” to book this Costa Rica Thanksgiving Adventure, save over $700 from original SeaDream price, and donate to the Arizona Consortium for the Arts.    1-800-842-1786 or lonalee@friendlycruises.com

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Costa Rica Thanksgiving Getaway

0001afNo plans for Thanksgiving?  Spend it yachting in luxury in Costa Rica!

Imagine sunning at sea on a small yacht, visiting Tortuga Islands +, and 5-star cuisine dining with an open bar each day.

Experience Thanksgiving in Costa Rica!  Save $700+ on our “Friendly Cruises” rate of $2645.  Your fare includes ocean view accommodations, all gourmet meals, wine with lunch and dinner, open bar with selected premium brands, use of water toys and mountain bikes for land excursions, a golf simulator, and a special champagne and caviar event.  Want more? There is!

Reservations made by August 20th will also benefit the Arizona Consortium for the Arts! Call 480-358-1496 for more information. Call now or visit lonalee@friendlycruises.com. Think “Turkey Day Sunning”!

Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge Train Tour

Arizonans!  Beat the Heat!   Take a special loved one on a three day trip to Durango to ride the narrow gauge train to Silverton!!!!  On the way,  experience AZ’s Salt River Canyon, Petrified Forest, and Painted Desert. We overnight in Farmington, NM and get up early the next day for the Durango train trip through the San Juan Mountains. That evening we will have a true “Durango Cowboy Cookout”. Yee Haw!  The third day includes Mesa Verde, and a stop on the rim of Canyon de Chelly. This may be one of the most spectacular rides you may ever take with lots of time for photos! Schedule this July 18-20th trip now. Only $554 per person (double room rate). I would love to have you join me!  Grab you cowboy hat! Let’s go!

The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad | Especially 4-U Tours
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Hawaii Please!

I love Maui!

Black Sand Beach in Maui

Black Sand Beach in Maui, Hawaii

Have you ever wanted to simply get away from your daily stressors and really relax?  Well, Maui’s the place! Simply strolling on the sandy beaches with the rhythmic sound of the ocean rolling through your whole body soothes all that ails you.

A recent Maui visit also included lots of exhilarating activities too. Our group took a snorkeling pontoon boat cruise around Molokini and swam with the Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles.  We watched as a school of twelve whales headed to their new seasonal home.  We ziplined through the giant eucalyptus trees of Haiku, and were awe-inspired during a day drive on the unbelievable Road to Hana!

I can write each of these excursions off my “bucket list” now! You can too. Let me know if I can assist with a future trip or tour to Maui!!!!