We left Bloomfield, New Mexico early on the morning of July 4th and headed south towards Chaco Culture National Historic Park!
This was it! This was the moment I have been waiting for for such a long time!
We got to the park and headed to the visitor center. I headed to the first Ranger that I saw and asked if I could see the famous Chocolate Jars. I was informed that the jars were not there, but were likely at the Smithsonian in DC. Bummer. Oh well. I didn't let that news get me down too much. I still had my Chaco T-Shaped Doors to find!
Josh and I left the visitor center and headed out into the park.
We explored six different pueblos during our journey:
Hungo Pavi - Chacoan Great House (1000-1250s AD)
[Look at those walls!]
Chetro Ketl - Chacoan Great House (950-1250s AD)
[Me giving Josh a tour]
Casa Rinconada - Chacoan Great Kiva (1075-1250s AD)
[Kiva on top of Kiva on top of Kiva]
[Largest Great Kiva known]
Una Vida - Chacoan Great House (850-1250s AD)
Pueblo Bonito - Chacoan Great House (850-1250s AD)
[I finally found my Chacoan T-Shaped Door!]
[Pueblo Del Arroyo]
We took guided tours of both Pueblo Bonito and Pueblo Del Arroyo but due to a lightning storm rolling in, our tour of Pueblo Del Arroyo was cut short.
After that Josh and I headed back to camp to have a chili dog dinner and to watch the storm roll in.
[Watching the sky]
[Storm's a brewin']
[My rockin tan line]
[Trying to be artistic]
Even though we didn't get to see fireworks on the 4th of July we still got to see a show when the lightning storms lit up the night sky!