All our days here so far have been very full and today was no exception. While we were able to sleep in, Dr. Ryan was here at 10 a.m. sharp to pick us up for a trek to Mesa Verde National Park. Altitude 7,000 feet, and long winding roads through the park to the top loop gave us spectacular views of the valleys and the towns and cities beyond. Entering Cliff Palace, the first of these amazing structures discovered by accident by the Wetherill brothers while hunting down their cattle in a snow storm, was somewhat challenging for someone like myself who is not all that comfortable on small pathways at great heights. I managed it and am really glad I did. Would I do it again? I really don’t think so. Maybe, if I wasn’t trying to carry a water bottle while climbing ladders, but I still wouldn’t walk that really tiny ledge around the kiva to where everyone else is standing in the picture I took. I’m going to let my pictures speak for themselves.
Ms. M., on the road in Mesa Verde National Park!