“Colorado–Mesa Verde National Park” Lstoneham’s photos around Cortez, United States (slideshow)

Preview of Lstoneham’s blog at TravelPod. Read the full blog here: www.travelpod.com This blog preview was made by TravelPod using the TripAdvisor™ TripWow slideshow creator. Entry from: Cortez, United States Entry Title: “Colorado–Mesa Verde National Park” Entry: “DAY 24, Saturday – Aztec, NM and to Colorado – Today was mostly a traveling day with lunch outside of Chaco National Monument, a major early Pueblo civilization. Canyon Towhees were grazing nearby. We had a pleasant surprise when we stopped at the Aztec Ruins National Monument (misnamed Aztec, really Ancestral Puebloan). The ruins were amazing and close to the Visitor Center with an informative movie explaining the Ancestral Puebloan’s beliefs as to their origin and the evolution of their culture. All pueblos have a kiva, a ceremonial circular room underground where there is a sipapu, a small hole in the ground representative of the place from which they emerged from underground as a people after surviving earth’s near destruction three times. This is the second site where we have seen ruins of the early villages, kivas, and sipapus. Traveling into Colorado, we were amazed at the fast change of scenery to green hills, pine forests (ponderosa?), cattle grazing, and ski resorts high in the mountains. After passing an “Elk Crossing” sign, we spotted a herd grazing. Congratulations to my niece Lindsay Jarman on her graduation from James Madison University today. We’re sorry we missed that. Love you, Lindsay! DAY
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