Southwestern US, Travels, US National Parks

Life on the edge of a cliff – Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado (part II)

Most people don’t know this about me, but one of my majors in college was anthropology. Granted, it was anthropology with a biological focus. But I still took all of the introductory classes, including archaeology. In fact, I initially went into the field of anthropology because I wanted to be an archaeologist. Obviously I changed… Continue reading Life on the edge of a cliff – Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado (part II)

Southwestern US, Travels, US National Parks

Green Table – Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado (part I)

Mesa Verde – Spanish for “green table” – probably conjures up images of a giant plateau topped with luscious greenery. Or a dinner table covered with a green tablecloth. Depends on your thought process, I suppose. Or your level of hunger. Clearly I’m hungry as I’m writing this. Maybe I should go eat lunch first.… Continue reading Green Table – Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado (part I)

Southwestern US, Travels

The place where 4 states don’t quite meet

After Canyonlands National Park, our next destination was Mesa Verde National Park in southwestern Colorado. The two parks are only about 3 hours apart by car, but we drove at least an hour out of our way (through the absolute middle of nowhere) for the sole purpose of visiting Four Corners Monument. Here, Colorado, Utah, Arizona, and… Continue reading The place where 4 states don’t quite meet

Southwestern US, Travels, US National Parks

Whales, Ruins, and…a Meteorite Crater? – Canyonlands National Park, Utah (part II)

Okay, so obviously we didn’t see whales in Utah. But we did climb a giant rock that was somewhat shaped like one. For day #2 in Canyonlands, we headed back into the Island in the Sky district, this time keeping right at the fork in the road. We followed the right fork all the way… Continue reading Whales, Ruins, and…a Meteorite Crater? – Canyonlands National Park, Utah (part II)