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.

Treasure Hill Under New Ownership
Interactive Fun with the Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project

The Day's Guest Blogger: Kyle Meredith

Our very own GCAS President, Kyle Meredith, tells us a tale of a trip to Peru from years past. He said he was prompted to write after having seen a blog post on our website with a link to an article that discussed Peru's papa nativas (native potatoes) and the archaeological site of Moray, Peru. Welcome back, Kyle!

Pisaq Peru - photo by K.MeredithA blast from the past! I have a propensity for falling in love with every place we go, but Peru more than others. So much of it looked so familiar. I had to look up Moray on the map because I could have sworn we had seen it, but actually it looked very similar to Pisaq in many ways, also in the Sacred Valley. In fact, the reason it looked so much like Pisaq is because one of their photos WAS Pisaq from almost the exact same spot that I took the photo.

Peruvian potatoes - photo by K.MeredithWe learned quite a bit about agricultural Peru as we traveled, mostly by seeing the abundance of food at the mercados—some of them basically blocks-long farmers markets on a main thoroughfare. There were always more varieties of potatoes than we have ever seen in toto in the USA. We learned that there were 3,000 native varieties, although [that] article said there were 4,000. Who's counting! It was at the top of the pyramid at Sondor (Andahuaylas) that we encountered a small potato patch that had recently been harvested with an uprooted plant still lying there. I guess we missed an opportunity to take it home for supper. (Note the scarecrow to the right [in this photo].)

Peru - market potatoes - photo by K.MeredithIn Cuzco we shopped at a tiendita where the dueña ( I suppose) got used to us coming in, and one day when we went to buy potatoes for supper, she pointed us to what I assume she considered a preferred variety that had just come in. I don't specifically remember the flavor, but we had so much fresh produce at hand that it was all good. One of our favorite street foods in Cuzco, though, was the papa rellena that had a boiled egg inside. I haven't been able to find a recipe that precisely matched what we ate. Way better than cuy, no doubt. [Cuy = guinea pig, a traditional dish of the Andes - ed.]

Peru Mercado San Camilo - photo by K.MeredithThe section on Arequipa had all sorts of memories attached. We shopped and ate at the Mercado San Camilo (where they were impressed at our appreciation of their salsa muy picante). They also had an "olive bar" way superior to anything anywhere in the USA.

Peru - Restaurante Huatupa - photo by KMeredithAnd although I didn't remember the name of the Restaurante Hatunpa, I looked it up on the map, and we definitely ate there. We ordered dishes with several varieties of potatoes.

So, thanks for the memories! If we were younger and a little more footloose, it wouldn't be any problem relocating to Peru. I LOVE that place.

Thank you, Kyle, for sharing your love of Peru with all of us. We of the GCAS are lucky that you haven't emigrated to Peru just yet!

/s/ webmaster [all photos by Kyle Meredith]

 

 

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