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Oct 5, 2018 - Mesa Verde CO, Mesa Verde National Park

On Friday October 5th we departed Peacock Meadows Rivers Edge RV park (elevation of about 8200 feet) and headed to Morefield Campground located in Mesa Verde National Park, a trip of approximately 160 miles, crossing the continental divide at the top of Wolf Creek Pass, elevation 10,812 feet. At the top of the pass we stopped as requested by the highway patrol and were given specific directions/instruction for descending the long steep winding grade, which included two hairpin turns, one of which was being paved this very day! Vehicles of...

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Sep 14, 2017 - Mesa Verde

I usually sleep about 6 hours per night. Because I get good quality sleep that is usually plenty. Well last night I was tired enough to go to sleep at 10:30 so I woke promptly at 4:30. That is not really when you want to wake when camping in the back of your Subaru. I tossed and turned for half an hour or so before falling back asleep and then didn't wake again until 7:30. That wasn't ideal for accomplishing my plan of being at the Visitor Center at their 8 am opening, but I managed to be there by 8:15. I joined the long line of folks...

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Sep 13, 2017 - From Ancient Geology to the Ancients

Today we left Moab, Utah, the place of really old geology. In Arches and in Canyonlands we saw layers and layers of earth's history. Quite impressive. And, thankfully the wind last night did not bring rain. Today we moved SE into Indian country, really old Indian country. These are the Ancestors, also called the Anasazi. We visited Hovenweep, a gem 50 miles from anywhere. There we found a group of settlements located at the stream source at the head of small canyons. These Ancient Puebloans knew how to collect the water from the spring to...

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Aug 28, 2017 - Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

It is interesting how archeological precepts change through the years. We last visited Mesa Verde National Park in July 1989. We came away with two “facts” after that visit. First, the people who lived here and built these fascinating structures were called the “Anasazi,” a Navajo word meaning “ancient ones” or “ancient foreigners.” Secondly, we were told that those people simply disappeared without a trace in the 1300s. Well, early in this visit to Mesa Verde, both of those assumptions were revised, and rightly so. The ingenious people who...

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Aug 2, 2017 - Mesa Verde

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 2, 2017 The day started out cool, 65⁰ and sunny. We headed out for Mesa Verde, a stop we have been anticipating since April when the visitor info arrived by mail. Sticker shock on our way into the park. $2.99 for regular gas! Mesa Verde is a popular place! Entering the Visitor Center we saw a line for ranger tours 3 deep and about 50 people long. As Tom took a place in line I went to the front of the line to check the digital board on what tours were still available. That’s when I spotted a sign for park bus tours – a...

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Jul 19, 2017 - Mesa Verde CO

Mesa Verde has changed a lot since I was last here in 1957. Three fires in 1998, 2000, and 2002 burned a lot of the park. The new visitor center is beautiful and very green. Tickets have to be obtained ahead of time to go in the ruins and most of the ruins are now closed. Since we had limited time, we elected to view the ruins from the road and viewpoints. The Indians who lived here from about 700 A.D. lived on top of the mesas until something happened in about 1200 to make them build these communities in the cliffs. All of the cliff...

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Jul 9, 2017 - Day 12-on the road again.

The RV was repaired and we hit the road at 4:30pm. Drove from Kanab, Utah to Mesa Verde National Park, arriving at midnight. Set up camp in the parking lot. We stoped at Four Corners, but it was closed, since it was about 11pm. We did drive through Monument Valley at sunset. Beautiful.

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Nov 9, 2016 - Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park is a small park with high altitude scenery and extensive pre-Columbian Indian ruins. These were the ancestors of the Pueblo Indians of Arizona and New Mexico. Some of them built villages on the mesas here in the 4-corner region including the Mesa Verde area in SW Colorado starting in about 800 AD. For some unknown reason, they all abandoned these villages starting about 1100 AD and moved to sheltered locations under the cliffs. Then about 1400 AD they abandoned these and moved to southern Arizona and New Mexico and...

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Sep 30, 2016 - Mesa Verde National Park

We detoured through Mesa Verde National Park near Durango, Colorado. Not a particularly unique or beautiful spot, it does have a number of tall monument-looking flat-topped mountains, and the trees are beginning to turn.. It has one nice full hookup campground. The lure of this place is its ancient rock ruins - towns carved out of the steep pink cliffs by enterprising Anasazi Indians. I doubt they lived long because these large communities could only be reached by climbing up steep cliffs hand over hand. You can BET there were no old-timers...

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Geritol Journals

Aug 7, 2016 - Mesa Verde, CO

Today I went for a guided hike to Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde, Bea went to see hot air balloons lift off. The Cliff Palace was very interesting with the guide from Mesa Verde, we went down some stone stairs. Then it went back up on ladders until we reached Cliff palace. We visited the cliff palace for about 30 minutes then went back up the narrow stone stairs and ladders. Mean while Bea went to the Balloon ascent and got some awesome pictures of the balloons. We then spent a quite afternoon with Lucy.

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2016 Southwest

Aug 6, 2016 - Mesa Verde, CO

Today we visited Mesa Verde National park. We visited the welcome center and booked a trip in the morning for Cliff Palace. We then went for a tour of the park and museum. Fantastic history around the cliff dwellings and the people who built them. We saw several of the cliff dwellings, at a far.

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2016 Southwest

Jul 4, 2016 - July 4th

July 4th in Colorado The sun is shining & it’s time to see the The Canyons of the Ancients. There are 176,000 acres with over 6,000 sites making it the highest concentration of archeological sites in North America. It is not accessible by motorized vehicle but there are trails. We stopped at the entrance took some pictures & then drove the 30 mile country road that skirts the canyons to Hovenweep National Monument. The scenery is amazing, with its canyons, red rock, dried river beds, fallen boulders of tremendous sizes. We climb out of the...

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