Monday, May 20, 2019

Mesa Verde National Park

We are enjoying our stay in Durango, CO, in spite of the crazy weather!  It was beautiful the first week and now we are having rain and snow on and off!  Expected to be like this for the next 3 days, its kinda crazy!

Mesa Verde NP is one of those not to be missed parks.  I had been there many years ago but was happy to go back again with Mike.  Besides, we were able to do the Long House tour which I had not done previously.  These huge pueblo ruins built in alcoves under the mesa rim are truly marvels!  You must plan ahead if thinking about seeing this park as tours have to be planned ahead of time and ruins open for the season at different times.

What you see below is a fraction of the ruins that you will see as you drive the mesa rims at the park!








Getting ready to tour Cliff Palace








local Mesa Verde resident

a nice petroglyph panel on a trail

Spruce Tree House

Square Tower House

Sunset House (I think, saw from across canyon)

on our way to tour Long House

yes, we got to climb ladders

Long House has the best view!!!


we were able to explore Step House without arranging a tour



on the way "home"


Saturday, May 11, 2019

Iguanas and lizards of Key West

This past month we have been parked in Albuquerque, NM, visiting family there and flying around to other parts of the country on a couple of smaller trips.  One was to Key Largo in Florida so Mike could get in some diving.

Home to many colorful lizards and iguanas that are not native to Florida, they have become permanent residents and do pose so nicely for the camera.....what can I say??



this guy was massive even from my viewpoint which was looking up 12 to 15 feet halfway across a parking area!


i had lots of posers on the deck at our resort



brown anole, sorry about the quality






curly tailed lizard


enjoying some fresh water on the patio


this is a red headed agama

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Painted Desert, Winslow, AZ

We are in Holbrook, AZ for 2 weeks to be near the Painted Desert and Petrified Forest National Parks among other things and places.  Yes this is desert and yes there is not much growing out this way but these parks are not to be missed!  This area of our country is so  unique and colorful!!






Historic Painted Desert Inn




At the Puerco Pueblo ruins
there are a few really nice
petroglyphs






And then, Newspaper
Rock boasts hundreds
of petroglyphs




Yep, there is the famed corner



Note the mural behind Mike,
it has a girl in a flat bed Ford
driving by
in the reflection....too cute!



Just outside of Holbrook at the local golf course, Mike O'Dell, who works there, gave us a personal tour of the Hidden Cove Petroglyph site:

Mike, our guide




Some nice
petroglyphs here!!



admiring petroglyphs on the rock above



Dave (Mikes cousin), Mary, me and Mike in front of the "Skywatcher petroglyph"

Mesa Verde National Park

We are enjoying our stay in Durango, CO, in spite of the crazy weather!  It was beautiful the first week and now we are having rain and snow...