To you, our children, we bring home the Navajo Code. It is our way of saying speak Navajo and defend our way of life.
Before our westward drive on I-40 takes us into Arizona, we take exit 22 and head into the town of Gallup, located 25 miles west of the AZ-NM border. We’re here to look for a mural memorializing the Navajo Code Talkers who used the Navajo language to help protect U.S. troops in the Pacific Theater. The talkers hailed from the Navajo Nation in the Gallup area, and brought the Code Alphabet back home as legacy and symbol for the nation to continue the Navajo language, culture, and tradition. Be Sargent painted this mural in 2001, as part of the commission to local artists for outdoor murals on downtown buildings by Gallup to recount the city’s story. We’re also here because the town once gained prominence as a stop on highway US route 66, once known as the Mother Road.
Navajo Code Talkers’ Mural: Gallup, NM, 🇺🇸 - 12 Oct 2018 (HL, x70 img tags 9602, 9605, 9607, 9670).
This is @aaron_martinez_photography doing a takeover with @travelnewmexico! This image is special to me. It was taken the first time I camped over at White Sands National Monument. I was hiking to my camping spot in a minor sand storm when I spotted the most perfect S-curve I had ever seen in the dunes. I hated it, but I had to throw my bag off, pull my camera and 70-200 out, and snap this handheld in 30 mph winds. My efforts granted me the reward of having this photo published as the lead for National Geographic's Daily Dozen on May 16, 2018. #travelnm#travelnewmexico#getsidetracked#instagramersnm#hikenm#simplysantafe#cloundcroftnm#ruidosonm#whitesandsnationalmonument
Our dog Giggsy is always sleeping on the job! It’s kind of funny that when we go back to homes we’ve built for clients, Giggsy just waltzes right in like he owns the place. After all, he did practically live there for several months. He’s a good dog.