Sunday, July 19, 2015

Mesa Verde

The Flying Clubhouse: Mesa Verde
The Flying Clubhouse: Mesa Verde
The Flying Clubhouse: Mesa Verde - Spruce Tree House
The Flying Clubhouse: Mesa Verde - cactus
The Flying Clubhouse: Mesa Verde - Spruce Tree House
The Flying Clubhouse: Mesa Verde - fuzzy bee butt
The Flying Clubhouse: Mesa Verde - bee
The Flying Clubhouse: Mesa Verde - Kiva
The Flying Clubhouse: Mesa Verde - Spruce Tree House
The Flying Clubhouse: Mesa Verde
The Flying Clubhouse: Mesa Verde - Cliff Palace
The Flying Clubhouse: Mesa Verde - Cliff Palace
The Flying Clubhouse: Mesa Verde
The Flying Clubhouse: Mesa Verde
Visiting Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado, was a fascinating trip. The drive from the visitor's center and entrance to area of cliff-dwellings we visited was on a gorgeous windy road. I finally understood why the place was called Mesa Verde - it was so green and lush. I wasn't familiar with this part of the country and I was expecting more of a desert. 

We decided to go at our own pace, so we didn't sign up for any tours, but this time of year you can walk around Spruce Tree House without a guide, so that's what we did right after exploring the museum. Seeing (and walking) where the Ancestral Puebloans lived was a remarkable experience. Afterward, we drove to the Cliff Palace overlook and admired the view - imagining what it would be like to live there 700+ years ago. I'm really interested in learning more about the Ancestral Puebloans, and plan on seeking out some books and documentaries (recommendations welcome)!

I read Kathryn's post on Kitsune-Kun about Mesa Verde a couple years ago. Like Kathryn, my husband and I are big fans of the Nancy Drew games and we also had feelings of geeky delight about exploring a pueblo cliff-dwelling similar to the one in The Secret of Shadow Ranch. ;-D 

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3 comments:

  1. This whole road trip just looks amazing. I'm glad I get to see some of it vicariously :)

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  2. Wow- This makes me want to take a road trip here for sure!

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