This trip was conceived when I asked Cynthia for a recommendation for an ancient site to visit in the United States. She made several recommendations, but Mesa Verde was her first, and it fit in well with other things to see and do on a trip that was part R&R; and part pilgrimage.
This is Mesa Verde as seen from US highway 160.
Far View House, one of the earlier structures, built before the famous cliff dwellings.
Spruce Tree House close up. The people on the right are looking down into a kiva as a ranger explains it. It was pretty obvious why the ancestral Puebloans lived here – it’s shaded, and therefore a lot cooler than being out in the open.
I had a chance to go down into one of the kivas that is still covered. I couldn’t stay long, but I was there long enough to get a sense of power – important things were done here.