Apr 06, 2010
. This whole area is prone to big forest fires, and each time this happens more dwellings and remains of the Puebloans are revealed. On the way out of the park there is a viewpoint called Park Point which is 8572ft above sea level; from here you can see the Four Corners, the only place in America where 4 states (Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Arizona) meet. We had a close encounter with a rattle snake here, typically when we'd donned the flip flops for the ride home to give our feet a breather. Wonder if our moneysupermarket.com travel insurance would cover this?
During our 2 nights in Cortez we made friends with a couple of nice guys, Gary and Joe from California, who had spent the past year travelling around the states in their RV. Gary had got the balance right, being able to 'work from home' throughout the week from inside their RV, and then hitting the road each and every weekend to their next destination. They seemed to think our Windstar set-up was pretty good, and it was nice as ever to meet like minded people.
After Utah we crossed the state border into Colorado and checked into a campground in a town called Cortez. We had come to Colorado to visit Mesa Verde National Park. In this park are cliff dwellings that Native American's called Ancestral Puebloans lived in 14 hundred years ago, long before europeans even knew that America existed. They lived there for more than 700 years, but they mysteriously left in the late 1200's and never returned...to this day nobody knows why and this continues to be explored by archaeologists. All they left behind were the remains of their houses which had been built onto the walls of canyons, and via really high ladders and really narrow tunnels (these people were 5ft 2 max - just right for Lou, although probably smaller backsides!) you can take a fun, if strenuous, tour into the cliffs. It was cool to hear how these people had once lived and how they had established these elaborate communities. The dwellings were only discovered by cowboys in the 1880's, and it was made a national park in 1906 in order to preserve the dwellings