Mesa Verde and Durango

Trip Start May 21, 2010
Trip End May 31, 2010

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Sunday, May 30, 2010

So we barely made it to Mesa Verde in time to see a little. By the time we got here it was too late to take tours to the Long House, Cliff Palace, and Balcony House. We forgot about the hour time change, but at least we got to tour the Spruce Tree House (amazing) and check out the Cliff Palace from the overlook.
In case any of you do not know, Mesa Verde is a national park housing artifacts from the cliff dwelling era of the Pueblo tribes. It is absolutely amazing because where several of the dwellings are located required the inhabitants to scale cliffs with sheer drop offs just to get home. Some of the dwellings were larger communities (Spruce Tree House, a smaller community, was 100 people), while others were just a couple rooms. This is definitely a must see!
I would also suggest everyone completely stop at stop signs. John just rolled through one and got busted. Luckily he just got off with a verbal warning, and the cop told us a great story. Apparently last week he pulled over someone from Louisville too. When the guy rolled down the window there was a definite pot smell. The guy said he had not smoked in 3 weeks and that was in KY. The cop then requested to search the car, so the guy pulled out bongos from the trunk and just sat in the grass and played (apparently he was clean and pretty good at the bongos too).
John and I just finished a wonderful dinner at a Himilayan restaurant in Durango, CO. This is the first time either of us had yak, but it was surprisingly mild and tasty. We chose the only 2 yak items on the menu, which come from a local farm. I got yak filled dumplings with a spicy green dipping sauce and a mango lassi. John got cubed yak, potato, celery, hand rolled noodles with a spicy brown sauce and a hot masala chai. Mmmm! Although we did not take time to walk around much, Durango looked like a neat little town and had a pretty active downtown.
Sadly this is the end of the main part of our trip and we will start heading home. We are hoping to drive through the night again and end up in St Louis in 20ish hrs. A night in St. Louis will be our one last hurrah before having to face the harsh realities of daily life again.
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