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View Diary: The Dkos Tour Series: Chaco Canyon, Part 2 of 2 (54 comments)

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  •  Trying to get there sets the stage (3+ / 0-)
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    TerryDarc, lgmcp, bartcopfan

    I went to Chaco 13 years ago.  The map showed a left turn shortly after Nageezi - a proper dot of a town.  Well it turns out, "Nageezi" was just a boarded up shack of an old trading post.  Not a "town" of any kind at all.  The long unpaved road takes you farther and farther from any sort of civilized supports.  No gas, no food, no lodging.  The journey itself to get there removes you from our current techno society so by the time you get there you are a little spooked and open to the unseen forces that comprise this mysterious place.

    There is a campground there and we were lucky to score one of the remaining campsites.  Camping at chaco really enhanced the experience of being immersed in this time/space warp.  

    You can still feel the spirits of the people who built these structures, this whole complex.  Of all the places I have been in the US, this is THE most haunting, most magical, most extraordinary place.  Go if you can  - but make sure you have a full tank of gas and good tires and high clearance is very helpful.  this is no Disneyfied experience, it is the real deal.

    Thanks for posting this and bringing back such amazing memories.  Might have to make the trek again.

    •  Camped there a few times. (0+ / 0-)

      Once during the gathering for the "Harmonic Convergence."

      That was a trip.

      I'd agree that it's once of the most enigmatic places in the country.

      •  tell us about this. . . (0+ / 0-)

        the Harmonic Convergence. I remember hanging out with a few of my guide-educators who partook in all sorts of mystical reunions, or some such, but I was always on the road with clients, or teaching, or something. Anyway, sounds like the makings of an interesting diary, OutcastsAndCastoffs, especially given where this gathering met. Thanks for posting your comment.

        Treat the world (yourself, and others) as part of a living organism. Everyone and everything will benefit.

        by richholtzin on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 10:53:29 AM PST

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