American Holiday Mesa Verde Inn Cortez
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Unlike our visit to Canyon De'Chelly this time it was really good to get up close to the buildings, about 20% of which have been renovated and made safe by the US Park Service over the years. It was rather daunting to be underneath such a large overhang of massive rock but I guess the people living there must have felt the same in the beginning.
After our tour we headed back out of the park to explore the large ...
... Hogan is a native shelter. Conical "male" ones are moved around; round "female" ones are more permanent, made of mud with wooden frames. They also have a smaller dry sauna, heated with hot rocks, that cleans by sweating but no water.
Also saw two areas with holes in the roof and arches, one called the "Sun's Eye" and another "The Moccasin".
Back at the Visitor Centre, good exhibition on the Navajo Code Talkers of WW2.
... 700-1200 AD but moved below the rim into
the canyon walls around 1200 AD where they lived there for about 75 years. No
one is sure why they moved onto Texas, Arizona and New Mexico. They left
behind some amazing structures. I found Kivas’s fascinating along with T shaped
doors (narrower from the ground to knee level and wider from knee level to top
of the door and only 3-4 ft high). Why? Rusty speculates that it was to keep
the heat loss and drafts to a ...
... and a half overlooking these ruins and took 83 trillion pictures.
I was really interested in seeing the Navajo Code Talkers Monument that was so instrumental in helping win WWII, since no once could break their language. It's a fascinating and important part of our history, and since I love all this military history thought this would be really great. Guess what....it was a wall plaque at McDonalds in Kayenta. ****. I'd throw a fit if I were a Navajo.
... time left to drive around the park, look at some of the ancient houses from afar and then start out Cliff Palace tour. We had a very great guide with an even greater dry humour. His way of story telling and explaining the ancient Pueblo history to us was very entertaining and he helped us getting a feeling of how the people had lived in these small houses within the cliffs of high mountains, surrounded by steep canyons, up to 800 years ago. You can ...