A 23-day adventure by RV There Yet
  • Day5

    Balcony House, Mesa Verde National Park

    August 11, 2015 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 73 °F

    First stop in Mesa Verde was at the park Museum to get tickets to the Balcony House tour. We learned that it is possible to take Patrick on the tour as long as he could crawl through the tunnels on his own. If we carried him in a backpack up the ladders, that was fine, too! Huge bonus!

    This tour has a 32 foot ladder to get you started followed by a tunnel with a four foot ladder inside, a ladder that climbs up onto the rocks and behind a building, more fun tunnels and ladders to get you back up to the plateau. It was amazing! Patrick wasn't as interested in the historical information, but he and the rest of us loved the tunnels and ladders. A great morning adventure!

    Of course we had to take the obligatory butt shots!

    Again, we have better pictures on our real cameras, but uploading from the iPhone is so easy. Once we have more time, we'll post more :)
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  • Day5

    Cliff Palace, Mesa Verde National Park

    August 11, 2015 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 79 °F

    Our second tour of the day was to Cliff Palace. Gus and Patrick took this one off to enjoy naptime in the camper. Maddie, Gordie and Sarah went down into the cliffs again to see Mesa Verde's premier location and most well known spot. The guided tour was very informative and gave us incredible views. We learned all about Kiva's, the round "living rooms" where they would cook and hang out to stay warm/cool depending on the season. The average life expectancy was between 35-50 years old, primarily due to a high infant mortality rate. The alcove where their dwellings are located protected them from the weather. Also, they were skilled basket weavers, potters and even painted the insides of their houses with red, yellow and white paint made from clay. How these people survived all of these years on the cliff is incredible.

    Maddie, Gordie and Gus will be back here tonight for the Twilight Tour!
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  • Day5

    Spruce Tree, Mesa Verde

    August 11, 2015 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 75 °F

    Took a 1/4 mile walk down to the Sprice Tree dwelling. This is the best preserved site in the park and its easy to see why as it is nestled in a fertile valley. We were able to go down into a reconstructed Kiva and were surprised at how light it was down there. Fun pre-dinner mini-hike.Read more

  • Day6

    Four Corners Monument

    August 12, 2015 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 63 °F

    Huge tourist attraction, minimal excitement, lots of mud, but a nice quick spot to stretch your legs. Had to pay per person to get in. Good thing Maddie was hiding in the top bunk!

    On the way we got passed by a truck transporting port-a-potties. Gus said: "That's some fast moving s$@t" Can you tell we've been driving for a few days?!?

    Picture of all of us to follow, forgot to take one on our phone. New Mexico sign was at the entrance. Passed a welcome to Colorado sign before arriving and the Arizona sign just after. No sign of Utah. Hmmm...Karen was right, this monument is misplaced.
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  • Day6

    First views east GC/Colorado River

    August 12, 2015 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 72 °F

    We stopped at a viewpoint on Native American land and had to share these amazing views!

    Maddie picked out some necklaces with bear pendants and Gordie a fierce red and black arrow with an arrowhead made of water buffalo bone!Read more

  • Day7

    Rim Trail & Bright Angel Trail

    August 13, 2015 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 72 °F

    Angus, Maddie and Gordie set off early for Indian Gardens down the Bright Angel Trail.

    Patrick and Sarah explored the Rim Trail and enjoyed the free bus service around the South Rim. Sarah Gray, sorry we arent better at selfie shots! Patrick and I are trying to master the art.

    This view never gets old!
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