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This tour is not for the fear of heights crowd or those who were having trouble with the altitude (Mesa Verde is at 7400 ft above sea level). The elevation was getting to visitors from lower elevations. Having said all of this, I LOVED this tour!!!
It gave me the best sense of what it was like to live and leave these dwellings....
|our entrance ladder....|
|they knew I was taking the photo...|
my bum is in the people behind me photos
|after climbing the ladder, you went thru 2 narrow passages that climbed a little more|
and ended up on the 'patio'...
|looking out from Balcony House...|
notice the skies....
|see the ledge?|
It's the balcony that named the site
|notice the similarities to the design of Cliff Palace?|
|Soot markings on the ceiling...from cooking|
|storage areas and where they would of had access to the water seeps|
|yep, you had to crab walk under there...|
I would of been an Amazon/Giant in their times...
The tallest men were only 5'5"....
women barely reached 5'.
What I thought were windows..
were actually doors.
|on the left, a really faint drawing from the original dwellers|
on the right, a number carved into the wall from the first archeologist to study Mesa Verde
The weather was getting a little more unpredictable and our tour was coming to an end, but the most adventurous part was still to come.....
|about the size of the opening for the tunnel.|
First, a crawl thru a 12 foot long tunnel. Hands and knees, people....
|I was waiting to climb the last ladder, so not the best photo, but|
it still gives you the idea.
Then, they had enlarged the original footholds to be able to accommodate modern feet and added chains to hang on to for about 20 to 30 feet straight up...
And finally, another wood ladder.
All with the wind whipping and howling around you and rain starting to fall...
Yep, we all did it in a hurry.
Adrenaline still up...