Well, it won't be long now before I'll be stepping off a plane
in sunny Albuquerque, New Mexico! I received an e-mail from the
coordinator of my Earthwatch expedition telling me that Mr. Laumbach
was concerned about us being warm enough and to make sure to bring
a warm sleeping bag. The message said something about "gorgeous
fall days fading into frigid nights!" Brrr! So, as I'm getting ready
to help Karl Laumbach and Sally Cole with their research, I find
I'm coming up with some questions of my own. What will the weather
be like where I'm going? And what do I need to bring with me? Well,
I always tell my classes that research starts with a question, so
it looks like I need to embark on a little research project of my
One of my favorite weather resources is the Weather Channel's
weather.com. A quick visit there reassured me that I'm not likely
to freeze to death during this trip. During the first few days I'm
in New Mexico, the temperatures should be in the 70s and the lows
will be in the mid-40s that's not so bad for late October!
I've also looked at a map to see where we'll be working. The Monticello
Box Ranch is about 128 miles southwest of Albuquerque, New Mexico
farther south in New Mexico than I have ever been before.
I learned that this area is considered to be the border between
the homes of the Mogollon Indians to the south and the Anasazi to
the north. In 1997, I worked on an Earthwatch archaeology project
at a site called Casa Malpais (House of the Badlands) in Springerville,
Arizona. Casa Malpais was once occupied by the Mogollon Indians.
Springerville is 118 miles northwest of Monticello, New Mexico.
It will be interesting to see what similarities and differences
there are between the two sites!