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Oct 11, 2019 - Goodbye Gallup, hello Holbrook

10/11 Sorry for the radio (Internet?) silence, but we haven’t had great Internet service lately. We are currently in Holbrook Arizona, having arrived yesterday. It was a really easy drive and only 90 miles. We are now staying at the Holbrook KOA, nice and clean, but the weather turned cold last night, and we had to make sure our water hose didn’t freeze. One way to make sure that doesn’t happen is to turn the taps on a little bit so the water isn’t just sitting in the hose all night. It made me feel a bit guilty because it is a waste of...

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Oct 5, 2019 - Four Corners, Hovenweep and lousy roads

10/5 Yesterday we got up (fairly) early and set off for the Four Corners Monument, about 45 miles away. Susan had read that the monument area was “dog friendly” but when we arrived there was a big sign by the entrance that said “ No dogs allowed beyond this point”. So we couldn’t take a picture with Cooper at the actual monument. So we each went down separately while the other waited outside with the dog. There are lots of booths all around the monument, selling all kinds of authentic Native American wares, so we walked around on the...

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Oct 3, 2019 - Cortez, Colorado and Mesa Verde NP

10/3 We left Moab yesterday morning around 10:45 a.m. It was a later start than we usually like, but we needed to top off our propane as the weather in Cortez is a bit chillier than we’ve had recently. And the trip to Cortez was only 115 miles, so that was nice. The road was under construction in a few places, but other than that, it was an easy drive. We arrived at Sundance RV Park a little before 2 p.m. We had a back-in site, but with Susan’s guidance, I got the rig in fairly easily. The park has a large green grassy area in front, with...

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Sep 7, 2019 - Mesa Verde National Park

Very nice drive today, we went across Wolf Creek Pass and the 7 mile 7 percent grade with switchbacks. It was only difficult because I was required to not exceed 25 MPH due to the weight of the Motorhome. Tomorrow we hit the park I hope we can get on a tour or two tomorrow but we are here three nights so we should get a few guided tours of the cliff dwellings. Marci is a bit worried about the ladders and tunnels but I am confident she can do it. We visited Cliff Palace and Balcony House today as well as several lesser cliff houses that are...

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North to Alaska 2019

Aug 29, 2019 - Canyon of the Ancients Visitor Center & Museum, BLM, Delores, Colorado

Canyons of the Ancients Visitor Center and Museum is Southwest Colorado's premier archaeological museum, operated by the Bureau of Land Management since 1988. We stopped here for lunch on our drive from Moab, UT to Navajo Lake State Park in New Mexico. We spent an hour or so in the museum. It is very well done. The museum focuses on Ancestral Puebloan, Native American, and historic cultures in the Four Corners region. It is also headquarters for visitors traveling to Canyons of the Ancients National Monument. We would like to return when we...

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Jun 20, 2019 - Mesa Verde National Park

We are currently in Cortez, Colorado which is about ten miles from the entrance to Mesa Verde National Park. Mesa Verde is not only a US national park, it is a Unesco World Heritage Park. This particular park is the only one in the park system that is based on human habitation, namely the Ancient Puebloean People. These people first lived on top of the Mesa, left the area and then later came back and with better construction techniques, built pueblo's in the alcoves of the cliffs. They only inhabited the cliff dwellings for about 85 years...

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Jun 18, 2019 - Cortez, Colorado

We decided to cancel Bluff, Utah and any Bears Ears National Monument. The issue was that the park is new (3 yrs old) and undeveloped. We are not in position to be doing back country hiking, so, we changed our plans and headed to Cortez, CO which is close to Mesa Verde National Park. When we arrived here, we found that my niece was vacationing in nearby Telluride, CO, so we went to visit her on the 19th. Pictures attached.

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May 3, 2019 - More ruins of the ancient Indians of the southwest.

Visited two sites, one 'restored', one overgrown, both well documented at the visitor center/museum. I should have my picture quota reinstated tomorrow and will catch up. The second one was larger than Cliff House at Mesa Verde, the first very public, we could enter several rooms. Tomorrow we get into New Mexico.

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Oct 5, 2018 - Driving and disappointment

I'm slow. I'm more interested in fuel efficiency and staying alive than in speed. I do pass someone from time to time. Like the local farmer poking along in a pickup stuffed with hay bales. I navigate with paper maps, except in cities. Then I use good old Google Maps for ease of navigation. I liaten to local radio if its Classical (extremely rare) or classic rock (less rare). I have a bunch of CDs but don't mind the steady drone of the engine. I almost drove to Cedar City to take in a play at its Shakespeare festival. Plenty of tickets...

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Stateside Road Trip

Sep 30, 2018 - Back to Cortez

We left our campsite at Slickhorn#2 and headed back to Colorado. Rains are supposedly coming in tomorrow and you don't want to get stuck in the Utah red mud! We almost went south to NM but decided to head north to I70 in Colorado. We stopped and had a great early supper at Gustafson's Mexican restaurant in Cortez. It was excellent- chili Verde pork burrito and a carnita burrito both covered in green chili sauce. You know it's good when Bill keeps going on about it! We fueled up and headed back to McPhee reservoir where we can get cell...

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Sep 24, 2018 - McPhee cg

We stopped in Durango as Bill was going to get an eye shot tomorrow but they called and said insurance wasn't going to pay unless he had an exam. We didn't want to wait around for 3-4 days so we did some grocery shopping and headed to Cortez. Did more resuppling since we're going to the boonies of Utah tomorrow. We're camping at McPhee reservoir above Cortez, humidity 21 percent and it's 73 degrees. The CG only has one loop open and only 3 groups here so it's quiet! Probably won't have cell service for the next couple of days.

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Apr 20, 2018 - Mesa Verde

Absolute awesome day... well worth the trip! It was a chilly and windy day and as it was early in the season several sites were not yet open or closed due to the wind. We actually had snow flurries while there. That said there were still many visitors. I can only imagine how crowded this national park is in warmer weather when school is out. (a little aside - used our America the Beautiful pass and got in free. If you don't have one and are planning a trip you may wish to look into purchasing one) The history of the Mesa Verde and its...

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