Mesa Verde to the Grand Canyon
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â€śAn early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole dayâ€ť Henry David Thoreau
We hiked in Mesa Verde on the 2 mile Knife Edge Trail which was the abandoned first road in the park. Given the rock and landslides over the road, you understood the decision to build elsewhere. We had a gorgeous view. On the way back we passed only one more set of hikers and it was the very same people weâ€™d shared the sights with the day before on the Mesa Top Loop! We suggested that they were following us.
Then we headed out to
It was a long, good, fast road then to the
On Sunday, we got up earlier than expected because we didnâ€™t know there was an hour time change! We arrived after about an hour drive at 8 am to be the first at the Mather Campground window when they opened. Although 2 sites had checked out that morning, none were 27â€™ sites and although it is supposedly â€śfirst-come, first-servedâ€ť they told us to go have breakfast and come back later, and no they wouldnâ€™t put us on a list. Sounds more like, â€śTime it right and you might get a site!â€ť So we went up to the marketplace, bought Liaâ€™s birthday cake mix and some milk, played around, dumped our tanks, loaded up on water and by the time we returned, ta-da! A site was available for 2 nights and we took it.
The campground is gorgeous and weâ€™ve enjoyed socializing with some folks, admiring the 3 huge elk wandering around here, and biking around.
We also got propane at Camperâ€™s World RV Park, just outside the South Entrance to the park. They were very nice and gave us a coupon for the Imax movie across the street, which weâ€™d planned to see. The Imax place was mobbed for the 10:30 am movie and we really enjoyed it although it was a bit violent in the beginning with a little kid being chased by violent men who were hiding with spears, then they ransack the peaceful Anasazi Indians â€“ really not what I expected! Jazy and Lia were a bit disturbed after that. We did enjoy the rafting the rapids thrilling scenes and the helicopter and glider flights where it felt like we were flying. The new 3-D movie has not yet been released and they are showing the 1982 film still, but it was fun. Was it $45 worth of fun? Well, hindsight is 20/20.
Tonight thereâ€™s a Ranger Campfire program at 7:00 pm at the Campground. Weâ€™re taking it easy right now and Iâ€™m letting the kids play on their computers and listen to the music, which is a real treat. They havenâ€™t had the TV on in the 2 weeks weâ€™ve been on the trip. All are working on the homeschooling at a moderate pace. Internet and cell phone connections have been few and far between.
I got to admire a Roadtrek in person and peek inside. The owner said he gets 22 miles to the gallon on highway. While it wonâ€™t sleep 5 people, I have long admired them and it was fun to chat. Weâ€™ve found many people to be friendly and some so unfriendly that weâ€™ve wondered if they speak English. However, even the people who donâ€™t speak English have at least attempted to be friendly, so we think social skills are the culprit here.
Still, we try to show love for others. We offered one lady a ride when she was walking from the Mesa Verde Campground Office with papers fluttering. We knew the nearest stop was a couple miles down the road as we had been down it previously. I thought it sad that she offered us firewood as â€śpaymentâ€ť for kindness, which of course we refused. I hope instead sheâ€™ll pass it on, as we are doing.
The kids are a little surprised at some peopleâ€™s behavior, so it is a good lesson in seeing how others live.
Anyway, weâ€™re having a terrific time. Itâ€™s supposed to be a high of 87 today at this elevation (7000 feet or so)- very nice. Weâ€™ll try to get to the South Rim in the morning for a hike in the canyon.
Weâ€™re really enjoying the bikes now. We can get them unloaded and ready to ride with helmets in under 3 minutes!
Daddy-on-a-Stick has enjoyed the beautiful Mesa Verde, the
The kids have been really great, I have to say.
Here are some things that we find help in our travels:
Go to bed early, get up early- Early bird gets the worm and we want the worm!
Take a shower every night
Wash out most clothes every night and hang to dry by morning
Use the RV during the day as a place of respite- slow down and level out, use the generator as needed- really make use of the comfort factor of an RV
Keep meals simple with one dish meals â€“ eat healthy dinners and veggies (most are frozen) â€“ we donâ€™t eat out much â€“ a friend figured up that restaurants are 7x the price of self-prepared- weâ€™d rather spend on admissions and activities
Exercise - hiking and biking
Intersperse restful days with activity days
Drive on the top half of the tank â€“ there are HUGE distances between gas stations in the Wild West
Decide as a team what to see and what to skip â€“ we cannot see it all.
Reading is big- the kids spend most of the time reading while Iâ€™m driving and we always have books with us. The historical fiction or memoires are best for the kids and I try to find some in the area where we are traveling.
Computers- the kids really enjoy having their own. I should have gotten a much smaller one. 17â€ť is too big for constant pulling out and putting up.
Clothes- Surprise! We brought more clothes than we need. Doing our own wash quickly allows us to use much fewer clothes.
GPS- what a godsend! If Sallie, our Garmin Streetpilot died, Iâ€™d be at the store within 24 hours buying another.
Beds- Jazy and I are leaving our beds made in the back of the RV, rather than putting them into sofas each day. We spend most of the time in the dinette (Liaâ€™s bed) and the cab, and lounging on the beds is allowed, so it simplifies things.