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Chaco Canyon, NM   06/24-25/08 (Day 620-621)
Just a Few Bumps

We’ve always wanted to see Chaco Culture National Historic Park, and we’re not about to let a bit of rough road stop us (actually, you have to drive 12 miles of dusty, bumpy washboard to get to the park, but who’s counting?).

Our Safari easily handles 12 miles of washboard road
to reach Chaco Culture National Historic Park.

Chaco does not disappoint, delivering some of the best preserved and most accessible ruins of ancient Indian dwellings that we’ve ever seen. Trails literally lead you through intricately constructed stone buildings (large rough rocks inside the thick walls for strength and insulation, delicate artfully stacked stones on the outside of the walls for aesthetics) and many seem almost ready to move back into.

Chaco Canyon
Touring through the amazingly accessible and well-preserved ruins of
ancient Indian dwellings in Chaco Culture National Historic Park.

Near the end of the day we move into the park’s Gallo Campground in a site that butts hard up against a huge mesa that has more ruins tucked under delicate natural overhangs. Some backyard! Since the days are nice and long and the scenery can’t be beat we decide that Gallo makes a great place to take some beauty shots of our new Safari and so we begin setting up our “front yard” with views of nature's backyard behind us.

Chaco Canyon
The Chaco Indians built for form as well as for function.

In our excitement, we make a classic freshman mistake and assemble our awning incorrectly, jamming both arms into their housings. We push and pull for hours (probably just making the problem worse) until we give up and lash the awning down as best we can with bungee cords, resigned to our fate: a return trip back to Albuquerque to visit our new best friends at Holiday Travel Trailers to get the thing fixed.

Trying to look on the bright side of this unplanned 270 mile roundtrip backtrack, we remind ourselves that going back to Albuquerque also means that we can visit the Trader Joe’s there one more time for more of our favorite provisions (don’t miss the Veggie & Flaxseed Tortilla Chips).



** This isn't a normal photo gallery with a slideshow because this post originally appeared on our Airstream blog. **

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