Manitou Cliff Dwellings
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Our work was finished and we were leaving the next day, so we decided to squeeze one more thing in. I didn't really want to go to the Cliff Dwellings, because how can Colorado have cliff dwellings? It was $8.50, but I found us $1 off coupons. It ended up being really neat. I'm not big into Native American history or anything, but this site was cool. It is like the cliff dwellers in the southwest, only on a much smaller scale.
There was a storm coming in - we could see great lightning on the drive in. The souvineer stands were closing up shop quickly - and chasing their goods that were blowing away. But we got out and decided it was perfectly fine to be standing outside next to some tall rocks at an elevation above most of the city during a lightning storm.
We played around a bit, and then the storm hit. People were scrambling to get out of the rain and most left.
While we looked in the museum, we could hear the thunder crashing outside. It was so loud! We got sort of trapped in the gift shop. The lower museum opened into the gift shop, but we knew there was an upper gift shop/museum. We couldn't figure out how to get to the rest of the museum with out going outside in the rain. So we ran outside, ran up the steps and ran back inside. Once again we found ourselves through the museum and into the upper level of the gift shop.
After awhile we got bored, so we ran outside back to the cliff dwellings. It was almost completely deserted. We were able to crawl all over if we wanted. I went into a little room through what looks like a window but was actually a door. The lower ledge was a good two feet above the floor and the doorway maybe 3 feet high and 2 feet wide. It was so small! So I got in and hung out the window for a while, watching the rain. I turned to leave and discovered I was blocked in! Someone was changing their baby's diaper on the doorway ledge that I would have to crawl back through to get out! Gross!
Well, I made it out and proceeded to walk through everything once more (since we paid for it). After that, we left and decided to drive around the area.