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Apr 16, 2017 - On the road again...

Two weeks out and we've already had two 'adventures.' As Lily Tomlin said in "In Search of Intelligent Life in the Universe" 'Ever since I put reality on the back burner my life has been jam-packed and fun-filled.' I'm not sure about the fun part but... Day 1, we left San Diego on April 2 at 3:20 pm PDT and arrived at Winter Haven, outside Yuma AZ, where we stayed at the Quecha Casino. Casino attractions are free overnight parking and good dinners; quite convenient. We treated ourselves to a sumptuous feast. April 3, we drove to just...

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Aug 24, 2016 - Chaco Canyon, NM - The Drive from Holbrook to Chaco with a Stop in Gallup, NM

(Ron Writing) We left Holbrook this morning and drove to Gallup, NM on I-40. We lost an hour as we crossed into the central time zone and got to Gallup early this afternoon. We spotted a Golden Corral Restaurant and decided to stop for lunch/dinner. Most of the food on the buffet was about the same as that served in Surprise, AZ but they did have pork Pozzuoli soup and it was very spicy and delicious. It was interesting that about 90% of the patrons at this Golden Corral were native Americans. We also stopped at the old historic El Rancho...

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May 17, 2016 - A Southwest Adventure to Chaco Canyon

What an absolutely amazing place! Chaco Canyon is located in the northwestern corner of New Mexico. It is thought that Chaco Canyon was the religious, ceremonial and trading hub for the Puebloan peoples (also called Chacoans). It seems that all roads led to Chaco and the Great Houses. The transportation system consisted of 30 foot wide roads with curbs that connected Chacoan communities throughout a 60,000 square mile area in northwestern New Mexico. The Great Houses were multistory affairs whose use continues to be debated. Today,...

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Jun 1, 2015 - Chaco Canyon

Chaco Canyon was one of the places that Mike has talked about visiting for years. We almost did not come due to reservation issues and reports of a poorly maintained entry road. Below I have listed our comparisons of Mesa Verde and Chaco. Mesa Verde Chaco 365 campsites 33 campsites incoming road paved incoming road a nightmare ruins—beautiful ruins—spectacular 50 people in tour group running every ½ hr. 15 people in group once a day visitor’s centers comparable hikes—ok. Longest we took, 2 miles hikes awesome, lots of rocks It took us one...

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Takin the Slow Road

May 15, 2014 - Pueblo Alto Trail, Chaco Culture N.H.P.

Thursday, 15-May – Chaco Culture National Historic Park Trip miles: 10 miles Route taken: Chaco park road to the Pueblo Alto trailhead Average Gas mileage: n/a Weather: cold (32F) in the morning, high of 72F, sunny with gusty wind Elevation: 6200ft -> 6470ft Highlights: - Chetro Ketl Great House - Pueblo Bonito Great House - Chacoan stairways and road systems - 5ish-mile loop hike to Pueblo Alto and the Pueblo Bonito overlook About the trails: Pueblo Alto Trail – The first .3 miles of this 5.1-mile loop trail follows the same route...

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May 14, 2014 - Peñasco Blanco Trail, Chaco Culture N.H.P.

Wednesday, 14-May – Chaco Culture National Historic Park Trip miles: 10 miles Route taken: Chaco park road to the Peñasco Blanco trailhead Average Gas mileage: n/a Weather: cold (29F) in the morning, high of 62F, sunny with light wind Elevation: 6200 ft → 6400 ft Highlights: - Casa Chiquita ruins - Kin Kletso ruins - petroglyphs and pictographs - Chaco Canyon and Peñasco Blanco ruins - Pueblo del Arroyo ruins About Chaco Culture National Historic Park: Chaco Culture National Historic Park was designated a World Heritage Site in...

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May 13, 2014 - Albuquerque to Chaco Culture National Historic Park

Tuesday, 13-May – Albuquerque, NM to Chaco Culture National Historic Park Trip miles: 159.5 miles Route taken: I-40 W → I-25 N ->US-550 N → CR-7900 → CR 7950 . I-40 and I-25 in the city limits is 65mph. US-550 is a 70mph highway with a good surface. CR-7900 is paved but CR-7950 is a dirt road with some bad patches of loose gravel and some washboard surface. Average Gas mileage: 25.8 mpg (tail wind, slower speeds and some elevation descents) Weather: cold (40'sF) and windy with more sun and less wind in Chaco Elevation: 5312 ft → 7379 ft...

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Mar 23, 2010 - Chaco Culture National Historical Park

Yesterday we left Canyon de Chelly behind and headed towards New Mexico traveling north, mostly through Navajo reservation. The rock formations and the colors are extraordinary, one can see why they treasure this land, it is stark but it holds a genuine beauty in its simplicity. The journey was longer than I had expected so we were caught in late afternoon with no place to stay and everyone getting tired. I looked at the map and saw that there was a campground at Chaco National Monument, a place Ralph and I have wanted to visit for some...

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May 5, 2009 - Chaco Culture National Historic World Heritage Site

Today we visited the Chaco Culture National Historic Monument. We saw the most amazing Chacoan ruins! We visited three excavated Great houses, one with as many as 600 rooms dating back as far as 800 AD. It is believed that around 3000 to 6000 chacoans inhabited this small canyon from 850 to 1250 AD. During this time there were several periods of building that reflected the evolution of different descendants of Chacoan culture such as the Pueblo, the Hopi, and later, even the Navajo. We also saw more ancient petroglyphs, and found shards of...

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Mar 21, 2008 - Chaco Culture National Historic Park

Today we travelled 50 plus miles to Chaco Canyon in the middle of nowhere to visit the Chaco Culture National Historic Park. It was in this high desert canyon valley over a 1000 years ago that a flourishing center of ancestral Puebloan culture developed. We took a very informative guided tour of the main structure called Pueblo Bonito and drove the eight mile circular drive to the other structures. Over a period of 300 years this center of the Chacoan culture developed. Using masonry techniques unique for their time, they constructed...

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