Day 9 — May 30

Let me tell you, those swamp coolers are highly effective!  I woke up feeling like I was in an igloo and had to shut that thing off.  Normally, I would not do such a thing as the guest in a house; yet, when I saw all my family wrapped up like mummies I decided action needed to be taken.  Looking forward to desert heat today!

For the record though, the heat hasn’t been above the mid 80s yet this trip.

Currently, 2.5 hours after turning the swamp cooler off, entire family is shivering under covers.  We are waiting for the folks to arrive to see how mom is doing.  The plan for the day is a trip to Mesa Verde.

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The folks arrived in good order and mom claimed to be feeling much better.  My brother decided to sit this particular leg of our trip out, as he has been many times before, and he wanted to work on his bathroom some more.  (And we strongly suspect he needed some space from our crew.)

Ahhh, Colorado, you are beautiful and GREEN!

I had desperately wanted to go to Mesa Verde in order to see the Cliff Palace.  However, we arrived late and on the 2nd busiest day of their year, so this trip was unavailable to us.  Below is the closest we were able to get to it.

However, I was able to console myself quite well with a trip to “Spruce Tree House”.  I don’t quite know what the difference is, except this one is quite a bit smaller.  But, it’s still cliff dwellings and that is quite impressive in and of itself.

It’s about a 1/4 mile down (same back up).

I wonder what possessed the people to build their homes here.  I truly can’t fathom that.  It’s impressive though. 

Hmmm, looking at the above photo as I type this, I’m wondering if there were certain rooms that were not allowed to have fire in them?  (See “ceiling”)

I wonder if the people felt cramped, or if they were very happy here?  Their idea of personal space must have been much less than mine.

After we visited the tree house (still can’t figure out how it got such a name).  We went on the Mesa Loop Tour.  We were able to see more cliff dwellings. . .

as well as some mesa top structures.  (The below structure was never finished.)

After we got our fill of architecture, we moved on to a native american craft display. . . except they were closing.  The only person who was not packing up was this Navajo glass blower.

Go ahead and say, “HUH?!!”

Yes, you may as well, as glass blowing is not a traditional Native American art form.

And due to the fact that the man’s craft was so out of the norm, he was excited to talk about it and answer the goo-gobs of questions that my little men posed.  He creates glass forms reminiscent of pictographs found throughout the area, and then adds colors to the glass that are symbolic to his people, thus creating his “on-the-edge-native-art”.

When we arrived home we discovered we weren’t as fortunate as we had been on the horseback riding day, with regards to food, so we had to order in pizza.

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Notes

English    
Math    
Science  
“Social Studies”  *  ancient americans, native americans 
The “Arts”  *  glass blowing demonstration  / discussion
PE * hiking
Socialization  
Life Skills    
“Other”    

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