Mesa Verde National Park,,, and forgive the rant LOL!!

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Full disclosure, we are NOT going to stop doing the blog and the reason for doing the YouTube channel serves a couple things, #1, we hope we can share things with people on a different format that could be found helpful. #2, I enjoy toying with things like this that take me out of my comfort zone and #3, if we can grow the channel we could actually be monetized and COULD bring in a few extra dollars per month, not a lot but maybe something.

 The being monetized is the hardest part, well getting used to talking into a camera will probably be the hardest part, but to be monetized means we need subscribers. I was torn about sharing the YouTube idea on the blog to begin with because I really wanted to keep them separate BUT I figured hey, we have and DO put a lot of time and effort into doing the blog and I think we have helped a few people along the way over the last 8 plus years AND I think we have some great followers that might not mind helping us out on our new venture so obviously I decided to mention it on the blog.

 To be honest we have had a few hundred views on our blog since mentioning the YouTube channel and only a couple extra subscribers on the YouTube channel so I’m a bit surprised because it costs absolutely nothing, zero, to subscribe. And even if you don’t want to watch all the video’s for whatever reason, you just don’t do YouTube or maybe data is an issue, which we get 100%, just the simple act of subscribing would help our channel take hold with the YouTube algorithms and help our channel grow.

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 WOW, sorry for going on so long about that, it wasn’t intended when my fingers started typing LOL!!! SO, let’s get on to what we really wanted this update to be about our visits to Mesa Verde National Park. AND because of my going on and on already we will keep the remaining yacking to a minimum and let he pictures do the talking.

 Diane and I actually visited Mesa Verde 3 separate times on this stay in the area, once alone when we first got here, then again when our friends Skip & Gayle arrived and then AGAIN after Skip & Gayle left and we did it with our friends Bob & Karen.

Before COVID we were able to climb that ladder. In fact we had to in order to even start one of the tours.

Before COVID we were able to walk in the dwellings you see below.

 You may be thinking dang, 3 times but we can honestly say that each visit was great and we saw something new and different each and every time.

 Diane and I feel very fortunate that we were able to tour Mesa Verde about 12 years ago because a few of the hikes we were able to do back then were not available during this visit because of COVID and we feel bad that our friends were not able to enjoy them. But we bet they come back again.

Mesa Verde National Park was established in 1906 to preserve and interpret the archeological heritage of the Ancestral Pueblo people who made it their home for over 700 years, from 600 to 1300 CE. And today the park protects nearly 5,000 known archeological sites, including 600 cliff dwellings. These sites are some of the most notable and best preserved in the United States.

 

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The cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde are the most popular things to see in the park and for good reason. Sometime during the late 1190s, after primarily living on the mesa top for 600 years, many Ancestral Pueblo people began living in pueblos they built beneath the overhanging cliffs.

It’s ok, that area is actually open o the public. She’s not doing anything bad.

WHAT ARE YOU DOING DIANE!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The structures ranged in size from one-room storage units to villages of more than 150 rooms. While still farming the mesa tops, they continued to reside in the alcoves, repairing, remodeling, and constructing new rooms for nearly a century.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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By the late 1270s, the population began migrating south into present-day New Mexico and Arizona. By 1300, the Ancestral Puebloan occupation of Mesa Verde ended.

 Even though we enjoyed the Cliff Dwellings the most “even more so when we could actually climb ladders down into some of them and walk around” we spent a lot of time checking out the Mesa top sites.

 It was interesting to see how they first built their structures and how they picked up new ideas and ways to build over time.

 But to be honest I think in all three visits we all found ourselves spending a little less time at each stop and I know after doing 3 visits in such a short time Diane and I had seen our fill of the Mesa Top sites BUT never grew tired of seeing the Cliff Dwellings.

 And there are a number of hikes a person can take during your visits and we did a few but by far didn’t scratch the surface of what’s available.

 In fact I’m pretty certain that Diane and I will be staying in the area again and we will visit Mesa Verde again to do a few more of those hikes.

 Ok, that’s it for this update,,, so question,,,, did you go to our YouTube channel and subscribe yet??!!! LOL!!!  

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2 Responses to Mesa Verde National Park,,, and forgive the rant LOL!!

  1. Jim and Barb says:

    Those dwellings are amazing. Hard to believe that they have survived all these years!

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