Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta!

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Virginia and me on the roof at sunset

By returning the few miles from the campground to the Chaco Visitor’s Center today, not only could we top off Ciao's water tank, but we could explore the museum exhibits and see the movie on the significance of Chaco.  Top-notch! 


We also hiked a mile on the third and final Ranger “must see” Chaco site behind the Visitor’s Center, Una Vida, where we looked for (but cannot say for certain that we saw) some petroglyphs.  We even used binoculars and stood for long minutes searching, but I’m afraid that we should have returned for replacement trail booklets immediately upon noting their box was empty, as it would have helped to read them.  It made me glad we’d had a guided tour of Pueblo Bonito yesterday!


Silence.  I’ve never heard anything like we heard today.  First we noticed that our normal voices seemed painfully loud.

Desert sunset
  Then we whispered and suspected even our whispers could be heard across the canyon.  Too, our footsteps in the dry, dusty earth sounded scratchy and loud.  We stopped to listen.  No cars in the distance, no refrigerator buzz.  We heard Charles swallow even!  We quit breathing to listen.  Two crickets clicked.  Then… silence.  What peace!  It was very, very wonderful.  I would return to Chaco just to sit alone in a field and listen to the silence.


Lia returned to the Visitor’s Center, with Charles accompanying, to turn in her Junior Ranger work, where she was quizzed and tested.  I'm so glad the Rangers take it seriously and insist that the kids participate in hikes, understand why the place is significant, and help with their learning.  It’s good to use those resources!  J 


The grueling road back 12.

Party on the roof with Marti and Charlie
7 bone-jarring miles at about 8 mph took forever, but we would rather get there slowly than wait for AAA to come load our suspension onto a tow-truck. 


Then we flew over the Continental Divide on good roads into Albuquerque!  We stopped only for gas, where we saw 3 RV sani-stations at 2 Giant and 1 Chevron gas stations at I-25 exit 242 (good to know for the dry camping at the Fiesta).


Around 4pm, we joyously blew our horn as we drove into the grouping of 7 or so Lazy Daze RVs parked at the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta!


YAHOO!  We are so happy to be here surrounded by old and new friends!  We admired rigs, had dinner together, and climbed on our RV roofs to watch the sunset and talk.  What a hoot!  We have to almost pinch ourselves to believe that we really made it, as planned, on time.  We have certainly had a blessed trip!


We crossed 17,000 miles today on our trip!







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