| ivas are homes built out of natural materials including sand, soil, and wood. There are many kivas on the land, some are still in use, and others have fallen into disrepair. The kiva is an ideal living structure for keeping comfortable in the desert climate, as they are built halfway underground and maintain a cooler temperature.
"The underground," as Adobe refers to it, is a circular home built from adobe. This was the first home she built on the land. It is three feet underground to provide a cool respite for sleeping during the hot desert nights. The door is painted yellow with a blue star on the top of it. Once inside, stone steps lead to the interior of the home.
Before we left for Adobeland, we spoke to Adobe several times on the phone, and she said the kiva would be available for us. During our 2004 trip we had seen the outside of it, but didn't look inside because a woman was living there at the time. We were excited at the idea of staying in one of the homes she had created. An overgrown cactus limps across what used to be a narrow path from Adobe's current home to the underground kiva. I hop over it, getting a few pricks stuck to my pants, and open the wooden door. The room is circular; half of it consists of a raised wooden platform that serves as the sleeping area. The wood is splintered and bowed slightly, but otherwise looks sturdy. The floor is cobblestone and covered in the droppings of its current desert inhabitants--packrats. Evidently packrats move in to any structure that is left uninhabited by humans for even a short time. One of the windows contains an air conditioner but also has about three inches of space open to the desert. Overall, the kiva is structurally sound, just in need of cleaning and window repairs. Usually, these improvement tasks are taken up by the next woman who chooses to live in a structure.
There are various community buildings and areas throughout Adobeland. Community Buildings take on various forms and are utilized in many different ways. Some are currently in use, and others such as trailers and kivas have sat unused for some time. While visiting the land we found remnants of kivas, a moon lodge, a tree house and other unidentifiable items. In their current state, it is difficult to determine what each structure was once used for, but they still add interest and beauty to the texture of the landscape.