Canyon de Chelly–Day 2 continued

Thursday, March 17, 2016 – Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Today was a travel day.  We took hwy 12 down the Arizona/New Mexico border to Window Rock and then on to Gallup, New Mexico.  We were driving in high country among Ponderosa Pines and buttes.  The elevation on the drive was 6500 to 7500 feet.

High country

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From there we caught I-40 and drove east to Edgewood, N.M., just east of Albuquerque.  We are spending the night in the Walmart Supercenter parking lot.

I wasn’t able to finish with all the photos of our hike down to the White House ruins and our excursions after the hike . 

This is as close as I get to the drop-off.  I am afraid of heights.

Canyon de Chelly

This is what you see when you step out of the tunnel entering the floor of the canyon.  The hut you see is called a Hogan by the Navajo.

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Here’s Dolly coming out of the tunnel.

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This is the view looking away from the ruins across the creek into a grove of Cottonwood trees on the canyon floor.

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After resting awhile, all four of us took a jeep ride to the north rim. 

Our first stop was to the Antelope Overlook.  We could see Antelope House ruin down in the cliff wall below left center.

Canyon de Chelly

Canyon de Chelly

The last stop was the Mummy Cave.  There were ruins there also.  These are one of the largest ancesterial puebloan villages in the canyon.

Canyon de Chelly

Canyon de Chelly

Sadly, we are on our way home, so our southwest journey for this year is quickly coming to a close as the miles eastward start to stack up.  Won’t be long before we are home once more.

See you later.

2 comments:

  1. Lovely photos, Doug. We have never been down to the bottom of the canyon.
    ~Cheryl Ann~

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  2. It was a hard hike, Cheryl Ann. It wore us out, but it was worth it.

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