We did a lot of driving again today as we headed out to Mesa Verde and down thru Monument Valley to spend the night at Canyon de Chelly (pronounced "shay" not "shelly"). Mesa Verde has some of the largest Anasazi cliff dwelling ruins around. Pretty impressive. From a distance, it reminded me of the scene in Zoolander with the Center for Children Who Can’t Read Good that’s made for ants, because from a distance that’s exactly what these cliff dwellings look like. But up close…they really are incredible, these people labored intensely to build these villages and communities over a thousand years ago.
After a tour of the Spruce Tree House at Mesa Verde we headed out to catch the sunset while driving thru Monument Valley before continuing on to Canyon de Chelly. That following morning we woke up bright and early and saw some more ruins from a distance just after sunrise before heading toward Chiricahua National Monument.
- Allie and Jonathan