Hank and Marilyn Coast to Coast 2017 travel blog

Marilyn and her raven

Three-story tower near a spring, used for ritual purposes

Modern visitor to an ancient site

YES, we are really camping

Today we left Moab, Utah, the place of really old geology. In Arches and in Canyonlands we saw layers and layers of earth's history. Quite impressive. And, thankfully the wind last night did not bring rain.

Today we moved SE into Indian country, really old Indian country. These are the Ancestors, also called the Anasazi. We visited Hovenweep, a gem 50 miles from anywhere. There we found a group of settlements located at the stream source at the head of small canyons. These Ancient Puebloans knew how to collect the water from the spring to irrigate their fields of maize, squash, and beans. They dammed the stream to collect the runoff from thunderstorms. And they built structures that have survived for 1200 years. Eventually the communities either grew too large to sustain themselves, or faced extensive drought that drove them away, or faced conflict from other people groups. For whatever reason these Puebloans moved away, leaving their buildings to be found by the Spanish and then the Americans. Read more at nps.gov and look for Hovenweep.

We are now camping at Mesa Verde National Park (see at nps.gov), a much large Pueblo settlement. Here are the famous cliff houses, although they come from the latter period of the settlement. We are camping in the Park, and do not fear ancient spirits as much as we do bears. All food must be secured in the car lest they come looking for a midnight snack. Tomorrow we will visit the museum and visit some of the dwellings.

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