This has been quite the day! Expect the unexpected is our motto so even though Joe knew about this site, I did not and therefore experienced the unexpected in extreme fashion. So, we spent the day at Mesa Verde National Park just 10 miles away from Cortez, Colorado. Once you enter the park you go to the visitor center. You can sign up there to take a 4 hour bus tour or you can drive yourself and buy tickets for just the sites you want to see. Since we tried a bus yesterday and didn’t love it we bought tickets for the guided tours of Cliff Palace and Balcony House. Those two names should clue you in that we were visiting the largest cliff dwelling in North America. It was the home of the ancestral Pueblo people. They lived on top the Mesa and for some unknown reason moved to cliff dwellings. These dwellings are at 7,000 feet elevation so you can be doubly impressed that we climbed trails and ladders to access these sites.
There is a lot more to see and we made many stops as we drove around the park but you will have to look it up on the Internet or the library because I am out of gas tonight!