Birthday Redo & Pringles

Mesa Verde National Park Travel Blog

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Atop the first major mesa of the Park.
DAY 20 (7/14/08)
Mesa Verde National Park

8pm / 68∞ / Sunny with a few clouds

Our goal: celebrate my dad's birthday properly. We're going to do whatever he wants in regards to sights, etc. Sitting down all day wasn't exactly what I was thinking of when helping him celebrate.

Today we toured throughout the Park. It is very high up (7700 feet) and so it’s much cooler than I expected – I even wore a sweatshirt last night!

We stopped several places and explored the outskirts of several cliff dwellings that this Park has been made famous for. We couldn’t get close today because my dad isn’t feeling well and all the routes there are strenuous. Tomorrow my sister and I are going on a Ranger-guided tour of the largest cliff structure the Cliff Palace.
Spruce Tree House - one of several self-guided tours. 95% original construction 5% recreated.


I am very excited about this tour because: 1) I actually teach this in World History and now I have great photos for a PowerPoint (I might even be able to include a video clip) and 2) it was only $3/person.

The cliff dwellings at Cliff Palace were construction around 1100-1200 AD and provide shelter from winter snow and cold because wind passes over the cliff, and from the heat in the summer from the shade provided by the ledge. I will show interior photos once we’ve gone on the tour.

Now, this trip has been an adventure in many regards. Something we have done, as a family, is we’ve become obsessed with Pringles. Now, while Pringles do not make my “no-no foods” list, they are never something that I buy or want. I don’t really like them at all. My sister likes them, but I do not.
From a distance.


What has made Pringles a part of our trip is that outside of California, there are TONS of flavors we’ve never seen before. So, we have made it our personal mission to try the wide range of Pringles from across the U.S. So far we’ve had the following flavors:

Screamin’ Dill Pickle (my favorite)
Wild Buffalo Wing
7-Layer Dip
Cheeseburger
Loaded Baked Potato
Slow Cooked BBQ
Salt and Vinegar (my mom’s favorite)
Cheese Fries

With luck, we’ll find some more varieties before re-entering California. It is weird, but every store we enter we’ve looked for new Pringles. The best location has been The Dollar General chain of stores, as well as Family Dollar. We’re also on the prowl for more Cheerwine cherry soda because our first 12-pack is gone and it was a favorite with all of us.

Ok, an early morning hike throughout the cliff dwellings awaits!

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Atop the first major mesa of the P…
Atop the first major mesa of the …
Spruce Tree House - one of several…
Spruce Tree House - one of severa…
From a distance.
From a distance.
I like clouds.
I like clouds.
I really like clouds.
I really like clouds.
Cliff Palace.  The largest of all …
Cliff Palace. The largest of all…
Me, with Cliff Palace.  PowerPoint…
Me, with Cliff Palace. PowerPoin…
Family.
Family.
Dad wanted to video dwellings.
Dad wanted to video dwellings.
Mother-daughter.
Mother-daughter.
Family time.
Family time.
Self portrait.
Self portrait.
Mesa Verde National Park
photo by: lonlee2