Silence Among the Ancients
You can read the previous episode HERE.
I left off at the Great Sand Dunes. While initially I planned to stay until golden hour, I had several hours to wait and I could not find an interesting shot for sunset that did not require scaling a mountain. I continued West. Fortunately, Highway 160 provided several great vistas along the way and I got to catch Golden Hour over a lovely valley (pics below).
Day Two: This was going to a big day of driving. From Durango to Monument Valley by sunset with 120 mile detour south to Canyon De Chilley. It was all acheivable until an hour into the drive I drove past a National Park just sitting there on the side of the road...out of nowhere...Mesa Verde NP. The NP know for the cliff dwellings and adobe's. How I missed this park in all of my research I will never know. To be honest, I thought it was deep in New Mexico for some reason so I was not really looking for it. Regardless, I had to stop...timeline be damned.
I am so glad that I did it too. I basically had the entire NP all to myself. Joshua's Mesa Verde NP. There was an eery and yet tranquil ambiance to the place. I was looking at ruins of a civilization gone by in complete and utter silence with only the wind in the trees occasionally interupting. Here is the thing. Even though I grew up in rural areas, I have been living in the city for many years. I had forgotted what true silence was like. Total empty silence. I did not want to leave, but I still had a lot of ground to cover. Bottom line: Mesa Verde in the winter....highly recommended.
Next episode: Navajo Country
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