So we continued on to the second half of our big vacation. With the Durango wedding done, we were off to New Mexico for some good homeschool field-tripping. First we decided to see the ancient cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde National Park.
|our first stop, ahead|
We made it! We found a good parking spot and loaded up some gear. With little Celeste and active Sedric, we took our soft-frame backpack as well as the sling. The kids wore their hats and had sturdy shoes. We were all set.
|meeting with our tour guide before the hike|
The tour guide was a little more discouraging than the first ranger. She explained that, while this was a short hike, this was a very rigorous experience. We would need to climb a 35-foot ladder, and we would be literally on the edge of a cliff. At that point I figured there was no turning back, and really, how bad could it be? So we were excited to go...
|(ok, maybe Celeste wasn't that excited)|
|Looking across the cliff, we could see other cliff dwellings.|
The ranger stopped here for a little lecture, and I got my first taste
of what it felt like being at the edge of a cliff with no guard rail.
|The Point of No Return|
|Since I am a little leery of heights, this was already making|
|At this stop, the ranger explained how the ancient people got|
their water (it pooled up in places like this, after seeping through
|and this was only the start of our adventure|