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  •  I went to Chaco 25 years ago-ish. (6+ / 0-)

    The road was so poorly marked, like the whole thing was kind of a secret, that I wasn't sure if I was heading the right way after leaving the paved road. There were cattle wandering around and very little to indicate that I was on anything like a public road. It was more like a rancher's access road at best, when I could even make out something like a path through the New Mexico red. I burst out laughing and knowing I had plenty of gas, I sallied forth.

    We finally got there and we were all alone. It was eerie, beautiful, mystical.

    Thanks for this diary full of great information and spectacular photography. Chicago Parade for Post 9/11 vets on Saturday, Dec 15th.

    by lexalou on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 04:46:19 PM PST

    •  and that reminds me. . . (4+ / 0-)
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      lexalou. . .the folks have done a much better job in recent years marking the road. Much of it is still not paved, however; but it's not the 'mystery into the mystery canyon' road as we used to call it. As far as range cattle goes, yep. . .those slow-moving bovines don't seem to mind the vehicles, though it's not quite the case the other way around. By the way, to you and all the other folks visiting in this part of the country, the sign OPEN RANGE means what is implies. . .open range for livestock. What people don't know, however, is if you hit the animal, you bought it. No kidding. (In Mexico, it's the same thing, except there the owner can charge you for all sorts of extras, such as figuring on offspring it might have had, or some such.) Anyway, I love your apt description about Chaco: eerie, beautiful, mystical. Can't top that. Thanks for posting your comment and fun story.

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      by richholtzin on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 04:51:12 PM PST

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