We had a pretty cold night in Cortez and the morning started off the same way. We headed of for a day trip to Mesa Verde National Park. It is about 20 Minutes drive from Cortez. We could see all the snow on the mountains around us
As we turned off the road into the National Park and start heading upwards we were getting closer and closer to the snow!
We couldn't believe it we have never been this close to all this snow. Of course we pulled up the first chance we could to have look.
|Yes we are freezing! But isn't it beautiful?|
We got back into the car and drove up to the Rangers station. We had heard about this Park from several people as a must see, as it has Ancient Cliff Dwellings. We booked into a tour of Cliff Palace, which was an hour long tour that involved a 400m walk down to the Palace and then a vertical climb back up of about 30m via 5 ladders between 2 - 3 metres each. This may not sound that bad but in that hour we had rain and snow followed by some sunshine. It was very cold but totally worth it.
|Built by Ancient Pueblo People|
|Start of the climb up|
|One of the Ladders heading out of the canyon.|
|Dave thought it was great driving in the snow.|
Heading back into Cortez we could see that the weather was going to get worse
|Dave got out to have a look|
|I stayed in the warm car :)|
When we got to Pueblo the weather had warmed up a fair bit - about 20 degrees - it was so nice not to be cold. Apparently it is very rare to have snow this time of year! Well atleast we got to see it.
Tomorrow we will drive to Denver to visit our friends for a few weeks, so the next post maybe a while as I am sure we will be busy :) And the big news is that they have some Bundy for us - YEH!!!!!!!!!!!!
So cheers to everyone,
Dave & Shell