We stayed in Cortez, Colorado last night — just down the street from Mesa Verde. We got there early this morning (to road construction as they improve the park road) and spent about five hours in the park. We stowed away on a tour of the Long House, but left Cliff Palace and Spruce Tree House for another day.
During our tour, we met a park ranger named Habenicht. Diana was quite excited, as you can imagine. We also saw a HUGE squirrel climbing the ladders of the cliff dwellings. (I don’t think Diana will approve of that juxtaposition since the two events are not comparable in their monumental-ness… so, to the photos!)