On the way back home we took a detour by way of Albuquerque. The balloon festival was going on. We had been there specifically for it a few years back and it was terrificseeing all the balloons in the air at one. We were there, right below, when the Smokey the Bear balloon ran into a radio tower and stuck. We watched as the old gentleman pilot and two small boys climbed all the way to the a point where they could be rescued, which was almost all the way to the ground. This year there were issues with the weather. We saw many balloons taking off from the motel, but when we went out to see them all but two were already on the ground. It was still a nice drive. On the way to Albuquerque we stopped at Chaco Canyon to see early ruins (pictures on site). A neat site in the middle of nowhere. These are not cliff-dwellings, but above ground dwellings. Kivas were here as seen at the cliff-dwellings though. We did spend a day at Mesa Verde Park just west of Durango (pictures on site). Half of the cliff-dwellings had closed acouple of weeks earlier for the season. I highly recommend the Four Corners area for a road trip or vacation.
Also, as a side note, we went to the historical museum in Durango. From a series of displays I got a terrific idea for another book, a western. The Sherriff