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Kay Kay's Adventures in Ojo Caliente Children's Book
Information from the back cover of the book:
Ojo Caliente is located in Northern New Mexico. The town is well known for the hot mineral springs and is about 50 miles north of Santa Fe. From there you can go on a hike to see the Posi Pueblo ruins. The Posi Ouinge (po-see-o-wing-gay) was actually the home to the Tewa Indians. According to the Bureau of Land Management’s information flyer: they lived in and around Ojo Caliente during the late 1300’s until the early 1500’s. Also: Posi Pueblo was inhabited by generations for over a thousand years and the village may have had as many as 1,000 ground floor rooms and almost as many on the 2nd and 3rd stories. Another note in the information flyer that you can take on your hike from the BLM is that: oral histories tell us Posi-Ouinge wasthe Tewa home for a long time until an epidemic struck and the elders decided the people should depart. When you arrive to the area you can still find shards of clay from when the Tewa lived there. You however MUST leave any pottery or artifacts where you find them as it is illegal to take any. One can only imagine what a wonderful, spiritual place this once was. Another wonderful hike to do in the area is when the aspen trees are changing colors. This is what inspired me to write the Old Aspen Tree.
About the Author:
Kathy Williams Hall, R.N. has worked in nursing for the past 26 years. She has worked in all areas of Mental Health Nursing and with Alzheimer's patients. She lived for a part of her childhood in Taos, New Mexico. Her parents owned the "El Monte Motel" (now known as the El Monte Sagrado). Her father taught snow skiing at Taos Ski Valley while her mother ran the front office. As a child Kathy played in the beautiful park at the El Monte and always felt that spiritual connection to the area. Kathy returns frequently to the New Mexico area where she is always inspired to write poetry. She got her inspiration to for KK's adventures in Ojo Caliente while hiking in that area to see the yellow aspens and to visit where the Posi Ouinge once made their home.