This was supposed to be a stay at home day to catch up on laundry and cleaning, but with the weather deteriorating for Sunday, Ray and I decided to do the car tour of the Cliff Palace Loop and Mesa Top Loop today instead. We left Freya at home in the coach with the air conditioning on. There were lots of old cliff dwellings to see, some quite substantial and others just piles of stones. All through the drive and short walks to viewpoints Ray is cataloging where he will go back for sunrise/sunset pictures this week as the sun is supposed to be back out by Monday. The weather stayed warm and slightly overcast which was great for Ray's picture taking.
|Mesa Verde Visitor's Centre|
Here we go!
Cliff Palace House "It is the crown jewel of Mesa Verde National Park and an architectual masterpiece by any standard. It is the largest cliff dwelling in North America." It sits in an alcove about 215 wide by about 90 feet deep and 60 feet high. The Cliff Palace includes about 150 rooms, 75 constructed open areas, and 21 kivas. Construction was between 1190 to 1280 AD. They estimate that this was inhabited by about 100-120 people.
Absolutely amazing. This exhibit was closed for work on September 25th. The southern end of the palace structure was built on unstable ground. Park staff have closed the area for visitor safety and the work required to support the structure can begin.
|Pipe Shrine House|
Sunday, Oct 9th
The rain did appear, without the thunder thankfully. Other than a quick run into downtown Cortez to pick up some Turkey Thighs for our Thanksgiving Dinner tomorrow I spent the day cleaning and doing laundry. Ray of course was busy editing his pictures. We were definitely in need of a rest day as we have been going pretty strong since we left BC to beat the weather. By 2:30 pm the skies had lightened and blue sky appeared. The temps rose to about 65 degrees. It turned out to be a lovely afternoon. Now Ray's dilemma... try for sunset shots or is their too much cloud still!