Normally, I'm a "let's go out to a nice lunch with some good wine" sort of mother for celebrating Mother's Day. However, this year we drove about 30 miles north of Flagstaff, Arizona and spent the day exploring this surreal (and HOT!) place.
Wupatki National Monument and Sunset Crater Volcano National Park is a place from which we can learn much. From the beautiful views of the Painted Desert in the distance to the volcanic fields that are spurting new plant growth, this park delights the senses. The ancient Native American ruins are a sight to behold with their red-orange colored pueblos that date back to the 11th century (1040-1100).
With our water bottles in hand, we spent the day hiking through these dwellings and gleaning some insight into how these people lived. On a hot day, such as it was, we wondered how people survived this intolerable heat and sun! We tried to imagine a different landscape before the volcanic eruption — one with water, perhaps, and some trees.
Upon finishing our hike and exploration, we drove into Flagstaff and ate at Salsa Brava Mexican restaurant. ¡Muy Bueno! The table-side guacamole, Baja fish tacos, and margarita on the rocks were the perfect ending to a perfect Mother's Day.