While I sadly rolled out of Utah, I was looking forward to my first visit, ever, to Colorado. Enroute I passed the famous "Four Corners" where Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah meet. Much to my surprise, the "official monument" is in The Navajo Nation.
In "Colorful Colorado", my first stop was Mancos State Park along the San Juan Skyway, and in close proximity to the Mesa Verde National Park. My camp site was gorgeous but on my 2nd night, my closest neighbor was 2 miles away! For the first time in 8 months, I slept in my car one night because I was too alone in the woods! Sometimes my imagination is just too wild!
I spent 2 days at Mesa Verde NP which preserves nearly 5,000 archeological sites of the Puebloans who made it their home from about A.D. 550 to 1300. While they primarily lived on the mesa top for over 600 years, sometime in the late 1190s, they began living in pueblos they built beneath the overhanging cliffs. Nearly 600 of the sites found in Mesa Verde are cliff dwellings.
9/4/2015 01:04:22 am
Hi Judy -- I love the Spruce Tree House and would absolutely sleep in my car bc I would be so afraid of all animals -- wild and not! But also, I so wonder about your tent comforts and whether your gear includes an air mattress. Also love your many post office shots and think you should publish a photo book of these. Wonder where you are headed next?
9/6/2015 09:55:07 pm
Barb, I was also in the woods reading a book called Into the Forest -- two girls alone in the woods while the world is on the brink of an apocalypse. Not a good idea!!! On your query, my tent is quite comfy --- yes, a twin air mattress (bought when my house was emptied) and a large pillow for sitting to read or meditate. All the comforts of home :). I'm hooked on the post office thing; toying with what to do in my current location though (that story to come). Where am I now? Read the birthday entry! Details to come!
9/12/2015 06:35:43 pm
Love that you're comfy! I must have clear separation between bugs/wildlife and my bed. I wish I could get over that. Today there was a stink bug in the house right over my desk. Disrupted my entire night of work and it is still under the massive book I used to kill it. Must. Get. A. Grip. For real.
9/4/2015 12:42:50 pm
Cave girl: Being that far from civilization would freak me out,, Glad to hear you have moved on. Had a wolf spider in the house two nights ago and that was bad enough. What was worse is my neighbor had a Copperhead snake in their Carolina Room.
9/6/2015 09:56:51 pm
I was amazed at the architectural genius of these people and what they were able to build into the rock during this time period with what they had. I can't even figure out how they got into & out of those cliff houses! See my note above to Barb, re: reading the wrong book in the woods!
9/7/2015 05:41:06 pm
Loved the archeology photos. It is amazing what they did with so few tools.
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