Cliff Dwellings and Bushes that Growl

Trip Start May 17, 2010
Trip End Oct 10, 2010

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A forest road somewhere between here and Durango

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

From Largo Canyon we headed North to Mesa Verde, home of what are probably America's most famous cliff dwellings. We learned that they were probably built by the descendants of the people who built the dwellings we had seen in Arizona, forced northwards by a severe and long lasting drought. 

That night we found the most beautiful campsite. After driving along a dirt road for a few miles we came across a small clearing in the pines that was carpeted with brilliant purple and yellow wildflowers. A stream bubbled through the clearing on its way to a topaz alpine lake and all we had for company were the birds and the frogs. Those and whatever was growling in the bushes behind the truck (which we deliberately parked between the tent and the growling bush). Almost as disconcerting was the horse leg I found. It was identifiable only as a horse by the horse shoe nailed to what remained of the hoof. We made it through the night without being eaten and in the morning investigated the growling bush. To my great dismay, we found no sign of mountain lion or bear (but that doesn't mean I imagined the growling). We had planned on staying at least another night, but that afternoon the sky turned black and heavy drops of rain started falling on our tent and all our worldly possesions. So we packed in a hurry and headed into Durango.
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Alicia on

Hey you guys!! Glad you've made it to my favorite state!! although you are no doubt on a budget, you've gotta check out pagosa hot springs. its faaabulous! hope you're well, love alicia

ambs55 on

Yeah I love it here! We came to Colorado Springs thinking we'd stay just a few days...that was three weeks ago! We stopped in Pagosa Springs, it was a cool town, but we didn't hit the hot springs. I think we've been spoiled with all the free ones around my mom's and at Mammoth. Which part of the state are from?

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