NEXT MEETING: Wednesday, May 18, 2022, 6PM: the GCAS is thrilled to announce this year's first general meeting IN PERSON at the Roundup Lodge in San Lorenzo (Mimbres Valley) near the junction of Highways 152 and 35! Start at 6PM with your own plates/utensils/beverage & a dish for yourself or to share. Brief general meeting at 6:45 PM. Skip social time if you like but our Featured Speaker, the WNMU Museum's new Director and archaeologist, Danielle Romero, makes her presentation on Elk Ridge Ceramics at 7PM sharp. Danielle, a ceramics specialist with years of investigating Mimbres and other sites, will make her topic most engaging. Read more about Danielle here. In order to offer our members a safe and comfortable experience the GCAS follows CDC and New Mexico Department of Health guidelines for indoor gatherings including masking, distancing, and vaccinations. We recommend all attendees follow the same.

NEXT FIELD TRIP: Sunday, June 5, 2022 - Park Service-guided visit to TJ Ruin at the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument. Meet at the Cliff Dwellings Visitor Center parking lot no later than 10:50 am, tour to begin at 11:00 am. Drive north on Highway 15/Pinos Altos Rd for about 45 miles from US 180 in Silver City. Drive can take as much as 2 hours! Site is reached via a short hike to the top of a 100 ft bluff. Site is not shaded! Dogs are not allowed on the site and cannot be left in vehicles or tied up in the parking lot. NOTE: the area is currently experiencing heavy smoke impacts from the Black Fire. Check this website and the Park Service website at https://www.nps.gov/gicl/index.htm (Alerts) the day before/morning of the field trip to see current status of the field trip and area conditions. Remember, to protect vulnerable resources we offer our field trips to members only. Members’ invited guests are welcome, as long as they ride in that member’s vehicle.

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GCAS November Field Trip - Fort Bowie, Arizona

Ft bowie ruin Ft bowie vistaToday's Guest Blogger is our very own GCAS President, Kyle Meredith, accompanied by Guest Photographer and GCAS Field Trip Coordinator, Greg Conlin. Together they report on a very satisfying visit to the Fort Bowie National Historic Site in southeastern Arizona:

We couldn’t have asked for better weather on our field trip to Ft. Bowie. Greg and Josh and Kyle arrived at the Tyrone parking lot way too early, but were gratified when new member, David Burr, and veteran member, Janet DeLoache, showed up for the adventure. We were all able to fit into one car (with Greg’s little dog Layla) and arrived at the trailhead ready for lunch before heading up the trail. We traveled as a pack, each asking questions and sharing our observations about the vegetation, landscape, and signage on the loop to and from the fort.

Ft bowie graveOur first major stop was at the cemetery where we saw the grave of Geronimo’s two-year-old son. As we neared the fort we passed Apache Spring—a natural feature that helped define a route used from prehistorical times up to and beyond the Butterfield Trail. Before arriving at the larger, later fort, we took a spur to the first Ft. Bowie. It was a desolate outpost on a wind-battered hilltop with primitive dugouts that served as quarters until the new fort was built.

Ft bowie apache springAfter the capture of Geronimo in 1886, Ft. Bowie lost its purpose, and those who lived there enjoyed spa-like luxuries before it was decommissioned in 1894. Not only was there an elegant Victorian house for the commanding officer, there were tennis courts and a plant to make ice.

The return hike took us up a high hill with an unparalleled vista of the complex. Fortunately for our tired bodies, going back was downhill the rest of the way. The sign at the beginning suggested the 3-mile loop would take 2 hours. We doubled that—there was so much to see and enjoy. Sorry you missed it! Hope you can join us next time.

We will certainly be there with you next time, Kyle and Greg - thank you for sharing the day's events!

To learn even more about Fort Bowie's history and the Apache Wars, if you cannot make the trip there yourself, please visit Fort Bowie's website.

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