|Ted studies the map outside the Georgia O'Keeffe museum.|
We were offered an oxygen treatment but accepted only the brochure ("we take walk-ins!") advertising aromatherapy and foot reflexology while you breathe the O2.
Actually that would have been therapeutic later, at elevation 8000 feet!
|Enjoying the Riverwalk in Santa Fe, New Mexico.|
|The first Native American declared a saint by the Vatican.|
|St. Francis of Assisi - I like the way he is sculpted with a hand caressing the wolf's fur.|
The drive from the Visitor Center at Mesa Verde National Park climbs steeply. We bought our tickets and hurried back to the car to begin the winding drive to Chapin Mesa. Every curve seemed to bring a more astonishing view. We learned later that the visibility that day was 110 miles. We could see to Shiprock and beyond clearly.
|Waiting to begin our tour of Cliff Palace.|
Or did they? Archeologists believe now that they migrated away and became the Pueblo people of the Southwest United States.
Every ranger we asked said the best hike in the Park was the Petroglyph Trail. The loop trail begins with a gentle grade up the side of the mesa through juniper and pine forests. As we neared the petroglyphs at the halfway point the trail became rockier. Rock scrambling uphill can be strenuous anyway, but at that altitude my heart was pounding as a gasped for breath a few times. It was worth it for the petroglyphs and incredible 180+ views.
|This petroglyph of kissing birds was probably carved about 900 years ago.|
|The bird at the right seems to finally be taking alarm.|
Mesa Verde was on Ted's 'bucket list' but instead of crossing it off, we know that we will return to this mystical, historic Park.