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A Desert Drive to Chaco Canyon

Enough with the foreplay.  Here’s a video of Chaco Canyon.

I’d been there once when I was a little kid, but I didn’t really remember it too well.  Upon going back, I found something just as awe-inspiring as walking the streets of Brussels, although in an entirely different way.  And it made it that much more amazing that I visited this place in the middle of nowhere, and I do mean nowhere, less than a month after standing on top of the Eiffel Tower.  It’s an interesting life I lead.

The place is awesome.  Here’s a link to their website, if you’re interested in reading about it a little bit.  It was built and occupied between roughly 800-1250 AD, and I guess it was quite the little cultural mecca for all the Native Americans in the area.  The scope of the place is astonishing.

Artist depiction of what the largest of the several pueblos in the canyon probably looked like.

And with an afternoon to kill in Grants, New Mexico, I hopped in my pickup, put the pedal to the floor….  I drove to the desert, fired my rifle in the sky and shouted ‘God, if I have to die, you will have to die.’  Ok, I didn’t do that.  That’s just an awesome line from Cowboy Dan by Modest Mouse, the song I used completely without permission in the video.  I suppose more accurately, I hopped in my rented Mazda 6, headed out to the desert, and took a whole crapload of pictures.  And then I made this.  Enjoy….

And with that, I’m of to beautiful Gonzales, Louisiana.

-B. Littleton


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White Horse and Seven Lakes

The Drive from Grants, New Mexico over to the Indian ruins at Chaco Canyon was a pretty long one.  The website cautioned against relying on a GPS to find the place, as I guess it’s so ludicrously far out in the boonies that even satellites can’t find it.  From their website:

Warning: Some of the local roads recommended by map publishers and services using GPS devised to access Chaco are unsafe for passenger cars. Please use our written directions below to avoid getting lost or stuck.”

So I let their mediocre grammar slide, and printed out this here map.  I marked our starting point and our destination on there for you.

I didn’t figure it’d be too hard to find; the drive took me through the little towns of White Horse and Seven Lakes, so I figured I’d have some landmarks, and maybe even a gas station or two.  Boy, I figured wrong.

Um… This is Whitehorse?

Unbelievably enough, this intersection has a name. It’s clearly where 509 and 9 intersect. And Whitehorse is clearly located at that intersection…

Looks like a nice place.  I hope Benny gets the Littleton bump.

So this is it, this is the ‘town.’

Glad I didn’t grow up in Whitehorse.

And with that, it was on to Seven Lakes. Ok. This place will actually be a town.

So this sign used to say “Seven Lakes Ranch.” This doesn’t look horribly encouraging.

I guess this is it… Seriously, how did these places get put on the map? At least this place appears like it maybe, sort of used to have a store, a little bit.

The dead old ranch was pretty any who.

There’s actually what looks like some pretty old white-man ruins on the right there.

Yet another thriving metropolis in the beautiful southwest.

Fine. I guess I can’t buy any Gatorade on the way. At least I found my way around.  And when that sign says “ROUGH ROAD. May be Impassable, Travel at Your Own Risk” they do mean it’s totally safe for a tiny little Mazda 6 rental car right?  Sounds like Hertz’ risk to me….

20 or so miles down this here dirt road I finally found the place.  If it seems like I’m dragging my feet on showing you actual pictures of actual Chaco Canyon, well, I am.  I took well over 1,000 pictures on this particular day, and sorting them has proved to be a rather daunting little chore.  But I’m getting there.  I assure you, you won’t have to hold your proverbial horses too much longer.

-B. Littleton

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The I-40 Experience – Part 2

Unfortunately, what goes up must come down.  Well, I guess in this case what goes west must go east.  After the long drive to and a couple of days of work in Holbrook I headed back towards Albuquerque to Grants, NM.

It was a damn pretty day for the drive. View was decent too. Here we are at some random rest area tourist store thingy.

I like it.

Who’s up for some flapjacks?

I guess I misspoke. It wasn’t some random little shop. It was the Fort Courage Trading Post.

I don’t think it’s all that necessary to put ‘Keep Out’ on the sewage disposal sign.

I wonder if I have time to rebook my hotel…

I’m a little bit surprised this wasn’t a Pony Express sticker.

Hey, tourists in the west like busted old wagon shit.

Wild west wagon wheel with sun spots shot.

Later on down the road. Getting to beautiful Gallup, NM now.

A truly one stop shop. You can take care of all your gun, bow and arrow, and jewelry repair needs.

A refinery with a view.

The landscapes in the area really are gorgeous.

I love the sandstone cliffs.

Decent little sunset too. The start of one anyway.

Some random dilapidated building by the side of the highway.

Finally got to Grants just as the sun was setting.

Gorgeous sunsets in the area, that’s for sure.

Finally, Handy Andy’s Groceries. I actually really like some of the cheesy, neon, Americana, route 66 signs. This is where I get my Fat Tire around here.

And I’m pleased to announce, that that’s all for I-40.  Coming real soon, pictures and crap of Chaco Canyon.  And trust me, it’s worth seeing.

-B. Littleton


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