Sunday, September 18, 2011
Today began with a gorgeous sunrise...it was going to be a beautiful day.
We were off to experience the perils of living in a village built under a cave just below the mesa. This one is called Cliff Palace and is dated about 1265AD. Looks like a model, I think, so far below us. There are many, big and small, around this canyon.
Up through narrow passages in the rocks...
Down steep stone staircases cut into the side of the cliff...
Along the path beside the cliff...
Right to the village...
Then we climbed three 10 foot wooden ladders to get back to the top. The ancient people would have just climbed up the rock with toe- and hand-holds.
After all that work, a picnic lunch was welcome.
We had some bird friends come to see what we had to offer. The scrub jays liked the peanuts we bought just for them.
The white-breasted nuthatch didn't really pay much attention to us. Isn't he pretty?
We saw more ancient houses and even walked around in one. Good thing the roof was missing - I wouldn't have been standing up like tis.
Last view for today: a lovely mountain aster.They are so pretty growing in clumps among the trees and the grasses. Like ittle purple clouds. It's impossible to capture the colors except in a close-up. Imagine lots and lots of them.
And now I'm off to bed. It's been a long day.