It was a long drive, including 16 miles of unpaved, washboard road, the the result was well worth it as we walked in the footsteps of the Ancestral Puebloans who inhabited Chaco Canyon.
There were more petroglyphs and rock trails to climb.
But mostly there were ancient ruins of intricate stone work, towering cliffs, and a turquoise sky.
And even a few blooming things.
Pueblo Bonito was all it was reputed to be.
We saw all we hoped to see, added a fresh layer of sun tan to our fading Northwest skin, and made it back to town to have dinner at the ultimate New Mexican cuisine restaurant in Albuquerque.
The Church Street Cafe is located in an early 18th century adobe hacienda just behind the church in Old Town. The food was great and reasonable, and the setting was wonderful. And after dinner we found a few more shops to stroll through before heading back to the hotel.
It was a perfect day!