Day 3 found us in Cortez, Colorado. I had been there once before on my way to Mesa Verde National Park – which I had also visited once before. That time it was a brief stop on a tour that included, Hovenweep, Natural Bridges, Lake Powell, and a few other sites.
Mrs. Curmudgeon and I spent more time there than I had last time. Here are a few pictures:
This is the Spruce Tree House near the Chapin Mesa Museum.
This is a pithouse. Partially dug into the ground and covered with mud over support posts. The hole at the bottom of the picture is for bringing in fresh air. The next photo
illustrates how this worked.
And this is a later period, more intricate Kiva (a room used for religious rituals).
From Mesa Verde we then drove to Durango for a late lunch. We found it most annoying that many of the restaurants were closed. Evidently the good foilk of Durango eat lunch promptly between 11 AM and 2:30 PM so that if you arrive say around 4 PM and are quite hungry you have to wait until eateries re-open at 5 PM for dinner. The Irish Embassy Pub was open and more than willing to feed our hungry selves. Which is more than I can say for several of the other places in Durango.
From Durango we then headed to Alamosa and arrived there late in the evening and exhausted. The next stop on our tour would be the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve.