Yesterday we traveled from southern Utah to northern Arizona and then southern Colorado. I can’t get bored on roads like this:
We made it to Vermillion Cliffs in short order, but it turned out there isn’t really a developed park like in some places we’ve been. We expected a road touring through the cliffs, but all we saw was a lot of amazing cliffs and mountains as we drove past on US 89A.
Then we crossed the Colorado River and we were off to the Four Corners and then Mesa Verde.
And I was wrong about being done with 8,000 foot high mountain driving. We went up to one of the viewpoints at about 8,300 ft., but we couldn’t get as far as the cliff dwellings in the furthest part of the park. To do that would have required 40+ miles each way of ten percent or more grades, up and down the mountains. My car was still overloaded (in fact, I filled the tank right before entering the park), so I had to baby it up and down for the 8 miles in and out that we took.
So no photos of cliff dwellings, but I did get a few shots of the mountains in Mesa Verde.
Finally, we made our way to Durango, Colorado and our hotel room, where the boys got a wireless network for the important chores of the day.
Today we start heading toward home, going down to Albuquerque and then into the Texas Panhandle, stopping in Amarillo tonight. I think I can get us home by Thursday night, which means not doing and seeing some of the things I’d planned, but we’ve seen and done a lot!