Birthday Redo & Pringles
Mesa Verde National Park Travel Blog› entry 21 of 27 › view all entries
July 14th, 2008 – by: jsfarv
Mesa Verde National Park
8pm / 68â / 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 itâs much cooler than I expected â 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 couldnât get close today because my dad isnât 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.
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 weâve gone on the tour.
Now, this trip has been an adventure in many regards. Something we have done, as a family, is weâve become obsessed with Pringles. Now, while Pringles do not make my âno-no foodsâ list, they are never something that I buy or want. I donât really like them at all. My sister likes them, but I do not.
What has made Pringles a part of our trip is that outside of California, there are TONS of flavors weâve 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 weâve had the following flavors:
Screaminâ Dill Pickle (my favorite)
Wild Buffalo Wing
Loaded Baked Potato
Slow Cooked BBQ
Salt and Vinegar (my momâs favorite)
With luck, weâll find some more varieties before re-entering California. It is weird, but every store we enter weâve looked for new Pringles. The best location has been The Dollar General chain of stores, as well as Family Dollar. Weâre 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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