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Friday, October 3, 2008

Rick Morgan

Trail of the Ancients - Part II

We decided to stay the weekend here at Mesa Verde and changed our campsite to a full hookup site. We then went to the park visitor center and signed up for a 1/2 day ranger led tour of Mesa Verde. We have been in the park twice before and wanted to get a more "in-depth" understanding of the Puebloan culture. Our 4 1/2 hour tour of the park, which included a hike down to Cliff House, gave us a good history lesson. We were able to experience the transition of the Puebloans from the Mesa top Pithouses to the famous Cliff Houses. Our ranger and bus guide were a wealth of information and we came away with a much better understanding and appreciation of the people who had lived here 800+ years ago.

JoAnne and I found the "updates" on the culture interesting. At our last visit the term “Anasazi” was still used. In addition, the updated information they have on the forces that led to migration away from not only Mesa Verde but the entire four corners area. It was also fascinating to learn that they, the archeologists, intentionally leave sites "unexplored" and saved for future generations to uncover knowing that the technology in the future will be better than it is today.