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Mesa Verde and Arches National Park

Written on: Saturday July 28th, 2007

A journal entry from: Colorado

Hey sweet people,


Well yesterday was a lot cooler then I thought it would be. We went to Mesa Verde National Park, the 6th national park established by the National Park Service in 1906. Mesa Verde is the archeological homes and buildings made by the Ancestral Puebloan people in the cliff sides of the land. The buildings are made out of rocks, mud, and logs and were built between 1100 and 1200 A.D. Then when the climate changes became so rough in the late 1200's and early 1300's, they moved away. 


The place Daniel and I took a tour of is called Cliff Palace. It is constructed under a large cliff that protects it from rain and other harmful factors. If you really look at the buildings you can see how different they all are. Some were built in a very structural way, straight lines and bricks, and others basically threw bricks together and stuck mud on them to hold it all together. The reason there is the diversity is because each home, although connected, was built by a different family. It's a really amazing site and it was only 15 bucks to get in. We also drove around on a "self-guided tour" where we saw places like the Tower House, a four story tower built along the side of a mountain. Daniel got spectacular pictures of all of these places, which we will share with you. 


Today we went to Arches National Park in Moab, Utah. This wasn't regularly on our schedule but we had strong recommendations to go and it would actually save us time to go that route, so we did. It was absolutely incredible! The park holds over 2000 arches, the smallest being only 3 feet long, the minimal requirement to be classified as an arch, and the longest being 306 feet base to base, the Landscape Arch. Daniel and I had little time so we went and saw the Double Arch, the North and South Windows, Turret Arch, and Balance Rock. At Balance Rock, as you can imagine, it was a big boulder at the top of a small base of rocks. Daniel and I each made our own little version of balancing rocks and wrote our names next to them. It was cute. We also climbed inside one of the Double Arches and took some great pictures.


Right now we are on our way to Grand Junction to stay with Daniel's friends. Hopefully they will have a good internet connection we can have and we'll upload the pictures. I'm sorry we haven't uploaded any in a while, it's been hard. But we will have a bunch for you the next time we do!


Stay Fresh!