Okay, it's past time to make a dent into those Chaco Canyon pictures. I'll start with the road leading to Chaco Canyon, which is itself an adventure. The following picture gives an impression of what it looks like. It's not Great Photography (TM) but it illustrates three relevant features : 1) The road is unpaved, and will turn into sludge when it rains. That's why Osso was worried about me. 2) The area is very remote and lonely. 3) The road is empty: The truck on this picture is the only vehicle I met on the 30 miles after getting off US 550.
Well, maybe it's not totally lonely. Evidently there sometimes is livestock on the road.
As you look left and right, you are beginning to see one of the features that will become prominent once you reach Chaco Canyon: Rocks in bizarre, fascinating shapes.
Sometimes the rocks have strange color patterns on them. I originally took that picture because I liked the cow at the bottom-right. But looking at the background, I could swear
I see a large, almost washed-away painting of people standing around. But Dys assures me this is just an artifact of the rain and the wind messing with the rocks.
After a few more rocks ...
... one reaches the entrance of the park, where the road is paved again.
I close this part with a look back from the entrance. It doesn't contain too much new information in this picture, but I like its abstractness, the arrangement of the various straight lines in it.