Today we went to Chaco Canyon. The Chaco canyon buildings are over 1,000 years old! The amazing thing about Chaco canyon was the builders made it so that the buildings were all aligned with the sun. Since the sun rises in the east and sets in the west, the builders aligned the back walls perfectly east to west. From our lodge it took 5 hours to get there. That is a long time to stay in the car. When we finally got to Chaco Canyon everyone was anxious to get out of the car and into the fresh warm air. Once we got out we saw Pueblo Bonito. We walked around the whole site. It was amazing. We saw a bunch of kivas. These were circular spiritual places for ceremonies. Next we drove to the biggest buildings. This was our favorite part of the day! We climbed up to the very top of the canyon. There were all of these jagged rocks everywhere. Mulhern even made us climb on our hands and knees. When we got to the very top of the canyon we took so many pictures. Everyone was so focused on taking so called artsy pictures. The top of the canyon had a gorgeous view. We were up there for a lot of time. It was great! Everyone loved it. It was a little scary being that high in the sky. The canyon was approximately 100 feet. After we explored a lot of the top of the canyon we went to look for petroglyph. A petroglyph is a stone carving. We saw amazing original glyphs in a few of the walls. They showed a myriad of different symbols and meanings. We walked all around the sides of the canyon as well. That was where we saw the symbols.
Ally & Aiden