In Abo, the universes of past and present lock
like a multivariate Lego block. If you've ever wondered where the past goes,
you may find the answer in Abo, or at least
validity of the question. Abo argues that the past never leaves, that
sticks around indefinitely. But since we're accustomed to seeing,
and feeling in the present tense, we don't notice it until it rises
us in the form of a towering 40-foot red brick wall. Oh, that past!
Abo, Quarai, and
together make up the Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument. For over
300 years, the mission at Abo (shown above) has withstood all
of weather and hardship, not to mention the errant cows that had
from a nearby pen and were roaming and eating freely on the grass the
I visited. Jets fly by overhead, leaving skid marks in the sky
the red mission walls. Cows, history, red stones and jet airplanes.
Asi es Nuevo Mexico.
The mission and adjacent pueblo were abandoned
in the 1670s.