I was so glad to see that this was the scene used for the extract as it’s one part in the story (in fact, all of the New Mexico scenes) that I can directly put some photographs to and share with you. Even though it was written before I went on my research trip to New Mexico and Colorado, it was wonderful to arrive at Chaco Canyon and see first-hand the landscape I had visualised. I had poured over images, articles and books on New Mexico, joined online forums and pestered strangers with questions, but it was nothing compared to going to the locations and experiencing them.
If you’re interested in the ancient Puebloans at all, you need to go to New Mexico. The Aztec Ruins, Chaco and Mesa Verde are fabulous! Chaco and Mesa Verde are vast areas where a person can easily feel quite small and lost. We were able to visit areas where there weren’t other tourists and just “feel” the landscape and its history. The ruins at Aztec allowed us to walk around, over and crawl through homes and religious buildings that had been restored (or copies built new) as well as buildings where all that remained was a ring of rocks.
While this ancient culture isn’t a major part of the story as a whole, it serves as a foundation for the theme around the tenuous link between reality and dream, and past, present and future.
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