January 4, 2012

If I were reincarnated, I’d want to come back a buzzard. Nothing hates him or envies him or wants him or needs him. He is never bothered or in danger, and he can eat anything. – William Faulkner

This image was taken in August of 2009 in Chaco Canyon in New Mexico. Chaco Canyon is home to some of the most amazing Anasazi Indian ruins — but you have to drive almost 50 miles on dirt roads to get there. As you’re driving, you will pass miles and miles of nothingness with an occasional shanty. It’s hard to believe a national monument is so far from civilization. From the looks of things, the Anasazi had to travel a long time to get to Chaco as well. It is believed this was a religious center for their culture.

By the time you get there, you have the true feeling of being in the middle of nowhere — almost of having time traveled. Only the park signs, descriptions and warnings keep you grounded in this century. Next time I go back to Chaco, I want to do some back country hiking — out past those signs and hints of the modern.

To find out more about Chaco Canyon at this website: http://www.nps.gov/chcu/index.htm.

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