Where was I? Ah yes Cortez, we made it to a Days Inn-I gotta tell ya the BEST nights sleep EVER! They have these thick,feather bed-esque bed toppers that are DREAMY! and the rooms are over-sized and the sink isn't in the bathroom area,and,and-3 girls need I say more...
It is only 8 miles from cortez to mesa verde-in driving time that computes to 45mins and that's if you don't get behind an RV-we got behind an RV....
see the pic below this will be the first time Eric tried to murder me that day-see that tunnel(did I mention eric drives with his wrist? with his wrist on CURVY mountainous roads) well we hit that tunnel and brainiac didn't have on his lights and we are in a new car so as I freak out because it is very very dark he tries to find the lights-wind shield wipers check,water for wind shield wipers check,over drive button check...I am demanding he pull over and let me drive-he found a sock and some duct tape....
Here we are before desending into the unkown
walking down-these inclines are HARD on in growns stuffed into sneakers
we climbed lotsa these
To get to this
This was our fearless leader-I forget her name-but she was very knowledgeable
Thats a Kiva-the Puebloan Peoples were very advanced
Welcome to Cliff Palace-it really was amazing
I went ahead of my clan to help the elderly
catch my breath and yes that ladder(there were 2 to climb out) was straight up
we ERIC decided to explore Spruce Treehouse-he assures me there won't be any scary ladders to climb-that it is a flat easy on the in growns to walk...PFFFFT I tell you-he lied-2nd attempt on my life that day
we encountered steep inclines, ivy of the itchy variety, and not enough water on this 1/2 mile jaunt-let me just stop and say I am not whining just merely stating that I am not 18 anymore...
Pics from Spruce Treehouse
We arrive in FAB town of Pagosa Springs-home to stinky yet wonderful mineral baths-the look on Reese's face is either the smell or he's gotta do a number 2
We soaked at The Overlook Spa-they had 2 roof top baths-our fav
The view from the roof
This is where the mineral water originates
and then there is Reese
While I waited on the fam to come down the San Juan river on their raft this lil guy or girl-it's so hard to tell these days kept me company
We spent 2 glorious days in Pagosa Springs-just chilaxin
Then it was off to Taos
We visited Kit Carson's Home-Eric is related to KC
Inside his 3 room home(considered a mansion of it's time)
Jess was mad at me for Lord knows what that day
We ate lunch at this awesome Restaurant called Antonio's and look Jess isn't mad at me anymore
We left Taos
a couple pics along the way
Eagles Nest Ski resort
Somewhere between Co and NM
and made it to Clayton new Mexico we found another Days Inn and Suites again another GREAT nights sleep!
We awoke to rain and Reeses' Birthday-I brought him breakfast in bed and we all sang Happy Birthday over his waffle-
Clayton is home to over 500 dinosaur tracks
The BDay Boy
We had 2 or 3 days left to play with but once you are about an hr away from the Oklahoma border whats one to do?
This I tell ya
Head for the Texas Border
and make your son who just turned 14 do this
to get one of the only normal pictures in 7 days
My confession for today: Windows update keeps wanting to install IE 8 and I am not sure about this change