Hello my friends! I've spent the last few days at Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado. I've been in a communications blackout - I couldn't get cell service or an internet connection. I've wanted so much to share what I've been seeing with you! We took a break from camping for tonight and also tomorrow night. The hotel I'm staying in has a fantastic internet connection, so I can finally catch up. Today is the first day since we've left that I've actually felt pretty good. If you've been following my travels, you already know that I started the trip with shingles, and followed up with sinusitis and a touch of bronchial pneumonia. If you add to that some serious altitude sickness (we've been at 8600 to 11,000 feet) you can guess how good it is to finally feel normal :)
Mesa Verde National Park is phenomenally beautiful. We started by visiting the cliff dwellings of the ancestral Puebloans. The largest and most well-known of the dwellings is Cliff Palace.
Their dwellings are amazingly elaborate. The round areas are ceremonial rooms.
I took this one at Park Point, the site of the fire lookout tower (elev. 8572 feet). It is the highest point in Mesa Verde.
While I was waiting for the sunset at Geologic Point, I photographed the cliffs behind me.
Everyone should watch the sunset at least once in their lives.
A beautiful end to a beautiful day.
We drove to Arizona today and we made a stop at Canyon De Chelly National Monument. It is on land owned by the Navajo Nation, but it is run by the National Park Service. This one is definitely on my list of favorites!
The cliffs are a 700 foot sheer drop.
The canyon is also home to ancient cliff dwellings.
Tomorrow, the plan is to explore The Painted Desert and Petrefied Forest National Park. If I'm not too wiped, I'll try to post some photos. Thanks for following me on my journey!
Until next time,