I recently went on a hike up in the Placita's to see the famed Sandia Man Cave. If you are not familiar with this then let me tell ya. Some dude, a student from UNM, back in the 30's found it, said there were some old bones of a Wooly Mammoth, a Giant Sloth and some ancient tools left there by some folk traveling through about 10,000 years ago.
As this has been highly debated among the intellectual science types, I won't go into detail (intellectual science types bore me) except to say that a lot of people seem to think the dude proclaiming all this was making it up. Here are some stuff on that.
Just between you and me, I don't really care one way or the other. The possibility of an ancient dude making his way into a cave 10,000 years ago and draggin some mammoth bones into it to chow down makes perfect sense to me. I've done that myself a time or two while out in the boonies. (Just replace the Mammoth with a rabbit....)
Anywhoo... The hike up is easy, even for out of shape smokers like myself. Just take her slow and easy and don't let the young kids laughing at you as you rasp deeply leaning on a rock, get ya down.
Once you get close, you'll see the two caves. The first one is not accessible and is where I'm pretty sure the powers that be are keeping the bodies of the Roswell aliens... the other has a nice little spiral staircase, much like the one the ancient dudes would have had, leading up to the cave.
As you can see, the cave itself still has the names of the ancient dudes written on the walls. In my minds eye, I can see the hairy, tick covered guy painting his legacy with a wooden bottle of berry spray paint as he munches on the nose of a sloth and contemplates the universe.. The bottle of water in the corner is from a much later time I believe...maybe 1000 years ago...the Anazasi left that.
The cave itself is fairly large. A guy like myself, 6'3, can stand and not bend too much. It goes back about 20 feet then continues over a little ledge about 300 feet back. That's what I'm told anyway. There's no way you're getting my fat butt into that giant coffin....
It smelled a bit like methane gas when I was there but to be fair, there were some pot heads going back down as I was coming up so it could of just been them... (Just so you know, when some toothless guy asks if you're "kind" its not a question of your personality but a inquiry into if you want a hit off his pipe...the correct answer is no...)
All in all the cave isn't that impressive. I mean it's a hole in a rock... but the area is gorgeous. If I was alive back in the 10,000's I totally would of turned this into my condo. The view is great.
If you hike up and around you can get to the ledge over looking the valley just on top of the cave. If you jump up and down you can also hear the hollow sound of impending death below you're feet. I don't reccomend that though.
I hiked awhile up and above the cave and found and old hoodie made in Egypt, which goes to my theory that it was the Egyptians who first discovered the cave. Its a nice area. I nice hike. And it's only about a half hour from Albuquerque.
Today, I'm walking down the La Luz. I promise not to write a blog about that.