Just an amazing day with Mike! We hiked to these ancient Indian Ruins near Globe. Big shade trees at the bottom of the hike, but we had to trek through cactus & rocks to get to the amazing glory at the top of this mountain...at one point, when I say rocks, I mean ROCKS too! We hiked around the back side of this and scaled a rock face to access the back door of an ancient village...I nearly gave up a few times, but Mike's encouraging words (and supportive strength) made sure we got to the top safely. Coming down was much easier. We hiked down the sandy front of the mountain. Here are some of the amazing things we saw:saw this birds nest on our way upOnce we got near the top, you can see rooms built into the side of the mountain. Some of the plaster remains that held these rocks together.And something still lives here...we found a safe nesting place for a little animal.Our first sight as we came up to the top... Wow! What a view.There are many rooms.There were several places throughout the ruins where water basins (or maybe grinding matates) were carved into the rock.We found several pieces of pottery, put them together and took a photo - and then left them there. It makes you wonder how much of the original treasure remains and how much has been disturbed with time, errosion, and curious-sticky-fingers?I just had to get a photo of this. You can see that there is still a thick layer of plaster holding rocks together in some places. I can just imagine how grand it must have been - I am sure the rocks we see stacked today were hidden by thick insulated plaster. There are even areas that still have the burn-marks from ancient fire pits. So amazing!This is a photo of the outer wall of the village. It looks like it surrounded the entire top of this hill at one point. Imagine carrying all those rocks!And this is the view looking back on the ruins as we headed down (the safe side) of the mountian.So happy we got to go explore this place. We stayed at the top for over an hour just enjoying the handiwork and the amazing views. I can only imagine how serene this must have been on a night with a full moon and a coyote howling in the distance.