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Montezuma County

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  • Day14

    Mesa Verde

    October 21 in the United States

    The pics of these Pueblos look like they are in miniature but in reality they are quite large buildings where a lot of people lived to help stack rocks on top of one another to create a decent home.
    It makes your mouth water, I got as far as building a rock wall, that felt good and it has a good feel about it too so there is a little bit of envy with people who build a whole village out of that material.
    It’s a good material, you walk on top of this desert mesa to see houses built under massive cliff overhangs and the feeling they give sure beats something made out of treated pine and Gyproc with a vinyl floor.

    The one exception I would make though is to install a few aluminium windows, this is something they should have considered.
    This Mesa is 8,0000ft high, the place is cold enough but in winter it goes under snow so they had to store a lot of food to get them through.
    The places they built, the Pueblos housed themselves, their food stores and the ubiquitous scruffy mutt or two so you could imagine in the depths of winter, with a howling blizzard outside, people shivering, stores dwindling, dogs fighting and then someone complaining about who left the windows open.

    There was a huge population one and a half thousand years ago living on the Mesa and it started out by people digging holes in the ground to house themselves, a bit basic but being in the ground keeps you cool in the short summer and warm during the long winter.
    Eventually the houses rose a little higher and then after that the Pueblonians, (no I’m not having a go that’s what they call them) came along and looked at the enormous caves and thought well, we already have a roof now we just have to fill the bottom in.
    This was radical as I tried to build a house from the roof down once with disastrous results but anyway they really were radical and contemporary people as their ingenuity and art show from examples of beautiful designs on everything from bowls to plaster walls inside the Pueblos.
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  • Day30

    Mesa Verde National Park, USA

    July 15, 2017 in the United States

    Comme vous le savez sûrement les indiens d'Amérique vivaient dans des tipis. Donc normalement, contrairement aux peuples d'Amérique du Sud, ils n'ont pas laissé de traces. Mais nous avons découvert qu'il y avait un peuple qui en avait laissé. Ce peuple s'appelait les Anasazis. Nous sommes donc allés voir les ruines de leurs constructions. Les Anasazis ont disparu en l'an 1300 (à peu près). Ils construisaient des tours et des maisons dans des grottes. Ils faisaient de la poterie. Eux n'étaient pas des nomades mais des cultivateurs et éleveurs.


    Hier nous avons fait 4h de voiture pour voir un site Anasazi. Je vais vous parler des constructions impressionnantes que nous avons vues et de leur positionnement. 

    Position : les sites se trouvent dans des grottes de la falaise ou à des endroits plats proches du vide, difficilement accessibles.

    Ventilation : les Anasazi avaient un système de ventilation très perfectionné qui permettait d'évacuer la fumée sans éteindre le feu et de rafraîchir l'intérieur des maisons. Ils creusaient des cheminées verticales (les ventilateurs) d'un mètre de profondeur où l'air s'engouffrait pour ressortir par un trou au fond puis rebondir sur un caillou devant l'entrée du trou (le déflecteur) qui faisait remonter l'air. Le flux d'air croisait la fumée du foyer et amenait cette dernière vers le trou situé au centre du toit.

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  • Day29


    April 30 in the United States

    Da es draussen grau-weiss ist, nutzen wir die Zeit um unseren Blog etwas zu aktualisieren...
    Am Monument Valley vorbei ging unsere Fahrt via weniger bekannte Aussichtsstrassen: den Moki Dugway und durch das Valley of the Gods. Somit kamen ca. weitere 40km Schotterstrasse dazu, welche sich aber absolut lohnten.
    Von Cortez in Colorado besuchten wir den bekannten Mesa Verde Nationalpark mit den sehr gut erhaltenen Cliff Dwellings. Ebenfalls machten wir einen Ausflug in die Rocky Mountains und den Skiort Telluride. Die Passstrasse dorthin führte uns auf über 3000m, da ist der Frühling noch nicht ganz angekommen...Read more

  • Day27

    Canyonlands National Park

    April 30 in the United States

    Zion and Bryce were amazing but Canyonlands National Park was immense. It made you feel how small you are against these massive boulders, mountains and canyons.

    We left Moab KOA by 10am, even though Inara was up at 630am ready to chase wild jack rabbits. Elisa was able to pack up most of the inside of the tent while Brandon slept through it. This is starting to be a theme now.

    We headed South to the Needles area of Canyonlands National Park. Canyonlands is divided into 4 parts. Island in the Sky is the most traveled being closest to Moab, Needles is less traveled and more wild, while Maze District is the wildest area and one of the most remote areas in the nation. The 4th area is the Colorado and the Green river which divide the 3 land areas.

    Most of the day was driving throughout the park and getting on and off. The boulders or mountains before we actually got into the designates park area was impressive and we were on awe. We did a few small walks/trails which were great for the kids. The cave spring walk was awesome as it had 2 ladders we needed to climb and even showed wall art.

    Brandon got his 4th junior ranger badge, of course. The kids were good all day and in the car as well as we had another 2 hour drive or so to Mesa Verde National 2.

    After Canyonlands we made our way to our home for the next 3 nights, Mesa Verde National Park. We are camping in the park where we can see wild animals and be as much in the wild as you want with 2 kids.

    We made it for check in and dinner made at the campsite. The camp ground just opened up a few weeks ago as the weather is cold. It is also bear and mountain lion country. The pamphlets advise to keep all food, drinks (including water) , soaps and lotions in the car so the animals aren't drawn to the tent site. We also need to collect any food off the ground from eating , which happens a lot with a 2 year old, and wash our dishes in dump areas and the dirty flushed in the toilet. The toilet blocks are flushing toilets and t r showers are up the registration area with the small grocery store.

    This may be the coldest tenting of our trip and we dressed the kids in 2 layers of PJs along with sleeping bags. Tonight is the warmest of the 3 nights so we hope we can handle it.
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  • Day28

    Mesa Verde National Park

    May 1 in the United States

    Today we woke up in a National Park, so it was nice to be able to start our day trip without an hour or so drive to the destination. We let Brandon sleep in, and the rest of us saw deer hanging around 2 campsite away.

    It was a cold night, but it would have been colder if the clouds didn't cover the Sky. We were all dressed pretty warm so we didn't wake up freezing.

    Our first stop was back down the mountain 6 miles to the visitors center to get Brandons junior ranger booklet.

    The hikes here are all very long and there is really only 3 hikes that we were able to do with the kids. There was a lot of stopping and getting out of the car to see the pueblos, pit houses and cliffs dwellings. The day started out cold and windy but warmed up enough to wear jumpers and not jackets and the wind relaxed.

    The cave dwellings are impressive. We didn't go on any of the guides tours as they were all an hour plus and didn't think it was going to be a great idea with the kids. We did watch a 25 minute introduction movie at the museum and both kids sat through it all. Brandon answered his questions in the junior ranger booklet from what he learned at the museum. Brandon got another junior ranger badge to his selection at the end of the day.

    Near the end of our visits and a 45 min back to the tent site, we saw 5 deer grazing on the bushes next to the road.

    Brandon got to scooter a bit and we all had a nice walk to the general store after our dinner of pasta and cleaning the dishes in the sink in the heated laundry area.

    It's an early night tonight, as its getting windy and most nights kids aren't in to bed until 9pm each night.
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  • Day6

    Cutthroat Pueblo [Hovenweep]

    April 4 in the United States

    One of Hunt's former managers liked to say "you are the people you meet and the things you read." [Unlike a certain addled president who just watchesTV.] So in addition to the parks we visit our greatest joy is meeting visitors or staff. There's the Hopi preservationist, the high school science teacher from Montana who every spring break brings a bus load of students down here or the couple from Wales who straightened me out about Welsh history.

    Earlier today we also hiked to two more Pueblo ruins. Good stuff.
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  • Day107

    Shark Tooth Pass [CO]

    July 14 in the United States

    We've been hiking once or twice a week since moving in last month. Sometimes they've been group hikes with Seniors Outdoors or the San Juan Mountains Organization. The best ones have been just the two of us or with Pam and Michael Stillman.

    Last month we hiked with the Stillmans up to Shark Tooth Pass in the nearby La Plata Mountains. The drive was thrilling as we four-wheeled over sharp-edged boulders the size of basketballs. The reward was a moderate hike to a pass with grand vistas.

    Yesterday the two of us headed out the front door to climb Animas Mountain City Park. Don't let the name fool you. It was the most difficult hike we've done in months. Seven miles round trip but it was a 1600-foot climb of ankle-challenging loose rock. Again, however, the views were spectacular.
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  • Day2

    Rooms with a View [Hovenweep]

    March 31 in the United States

    As noted, the Anasazi were remarkable masons. And the ones at Hovenweep were the best of the best. They shaped and fitted stone walls together almost seamlessly. See the one picture here that shows the melding of bolder and "brick." Most of the structures around Hovenweep were built in a 50-year period beginning around 1225 and then abadoned by 1300 due to a decades-long drought. The lessons of climate change we ignore at our own peril.Read more

  • Day51

    Granary [Hovenweep]

    May 19 in the United States

    Lorraine struck out off the beaten path yesterday to look for ruins in a nearby canyon. Her walk-about earned her a granary sighting. The next day she lured Hunt up the canyon to let him check it out. We climbed up to the alcove holding the ruin and learned that it has been quite well discovered many years ago. Its base had been shored up with concrete and a gaping hole suggested that it had been emptied of anything of value.

    All was not lost as we also ran across a huge gopher snake. Helped explain why there were no deer in the area.
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  • Day28

    day 25: Durango

    December 24, 2015 in the United States

    we left Albuquerque and started making our way to Durango to go snowmobiling. we got to some beautiful views on the way. once we got to Durango it was full on snowing. snow everywhere. we were high up on this mountain it was crazily beautiful views. the snowmobiling was good fun I didn't enjoy it as much as everyone else but I was still happy to have done it. got it stuck at one stage ha but not as bad as a couple of others. once we finished we went in for some hot chocolates ( and baileys) that night we dressed up in some Christmas sweaters I wore Grinch pants and a Christmas bag over my top was quality. that night we partied on into Chrissy day walked home done snow angels was a really good night!Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Montezuma County, مقاطعة مونتيزوما, Мантъзума, মন্টেজুমা কাউন্টি, Condado de Montezuma, Montezuma maakond, Montezuma konderria, شهرستان مانتزوما، کلرادو, Comté de Montezuma, Montezuma megye, Մոնտեզումա շրջան, Contea di Montezuma, モンテズマ郡, Montezuma Kūn, Hrabstwo Montezuma, مونٹیزوما کاؤنٹی, Comitatul Montezuma, Монтесума, Округ Монтезума, مونٹزوما کاؤنٹی، کولوراڈو, Quận Montezuma, Condado han Montezuma, 蒙提祖馬縣

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