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Jul 11, 2020 - WITWIJB installment # 4

WITWIJB installment #4. Like I said in the previous blog entry, this place is better than just OK. It has the infamous label as the location of our country’s worst domestic terrorist attack. Although a horrific event occurred here, the memorial now stands as a place of quiet reflection, healing and hope.

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Jul 9, 2020 - Mesa Verde & Hovenweep NPs

Hello all. So sorry to be so far in arrears regarding our blog entries. We had 4 days in “internet wilderness” and a couple of long travel days. I will now try to catch up if possible. I will try to make daily entries for the next 5 to 6 days. Tomorrow's will be WITWIJB installment #4. Believe me...it will be better than just OK. Blog entry # 7, with the two-part installment of WITWIJB # 3 was pretty much recognizable. To confirm; it was Mesa Verde NP as well has the smaller nearby NP Hovenweep both near the 4-corners area. Both also very,...

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Jul 1, 2020 - WITWIJB installment #3

WITWIJB. Something new. Today is “Double Joey” Day. Two nearby locations and a chance to rack up some points. You will notice I have included TWO pictures of Joey. 1. Joey is pictured with Remi and Emily with a sheltered alcove in the background. Ancestral Pueblo people and their descendants lived and flourished here from about 550 until about 1250 CE. Archeologists have found over 600 sites. (No…we did not visit all 600, but I think Remi and Emily tried.) They built elaborate stone communities on the mesas and the sheltered alcoves of...

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Apr 26, 2019 - Ancient Cedars RV Park

Went to Mesa Verde National Park. We experienced the culture of the Ancestral Pueblo people when we saw the dwellings and learned how they were built. This archaeological preserve is the nations largest and features 5,000 known sites including 600 cliff dwellings. These dwellings we built out of clay hand made bricks with mud and sandstone used as cement. Large timbers and smaller logs made the ceilings and the they we covered with mud.

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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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2017-Adventures

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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