Mesa Verde National Park (Cliff Palace and Balcony House)

Hey everybody, things have finally gotten back to normal. While I was in the middle of a two part update about Mesa Verde National Park (Cliff Palace and Balcony House) then my editor started slacking.

Papa wasn’t around much this summer and that made updating very difficult. He was constantly on about a summer job with Ivey Performance Marketing in Milwaukie, Oregon and being extremely busy while in Oregon. I think he was just being lazy, and I know lazy!

Finally Time for a Nap

So now that I have my editor back I can get to regular updates again!

Where was I seems so long ago now. The trip to Cliff Palace and Balcony House was a different situation from the normal.

Not only could I not go, National Park and all that, but Mama couldn’t either.

Mama was in a horrible accident about four and a half years ago and there are certain activities that can cause her pain and they had read there were some real tough spots so Papa did this on his own to bring pictures back for the both of us.

Mesa Verde National Park

The way down to Cliff Palace was made a bit more accessible to the humans of current days. Not too much though, there are places I could get up if I wanted to. Like this place down there for instance.

Mesa Verde National Park Cliff Houses 2

What Papa was told was that there are these little holes that the Native Pueblo Indians would use to Climb down there! Reminds me of the time back at Arizona Hot Spings, the time I almost died.

Now Cliff Palace has some stairs and ladders to get down from up top.

Mesa Verde National Park Cliff Houses 3

As they moved in closer it was far more apparent how impressive these dwellings are. These people using nothing more than handmade tools and some serious athletic ability were able to make this place in the side of the cliff.

On top of that they farmed up on the plains. So these guys were in and out of these daily. Papa learned about the two sentry towers on either side to watch for intruders.

Mesa Verde National Park Cliff Houses

Here is another one of those Kiva homes like the ones back at Chaco Culture. These ones were smaller but they used the same architecture as the others that lived 143 miles away.

Mesa Verde National Park Cliff Houses Kiva

After Cliff Palace Papa went to the tour over at Balcony House. There was a walkway for a little bit but then things got hairy.

Mesa Verde National Park Cliff Houses Path

Make note to remember this guy.

Along the path they stopped at another Kiva for a lesson about the Kivas again.

Mesa Verde National Park Cliff Houses Kiva 2

The Ranger gave a very informative talk about the native Pueblos and how they did things. Did you know that by the time they were 30 they were considered elders? The reason is that they didn’t live as long in this harsh environment.

The Pueblos teeth were filed down because of the powdered rock that they got with every meal of Maze. The Maze was ground between two special stones creating a mixture of powdered rock and corn. It wasn’t ideal but it was the only option they had at this time.

Mesa Verde National Park Cliff Houses Ranger Tour

The time to climb back out had come and the first thing was to go up this little ladder and up the little walkway on the upper right. Not so bad I could jump up there.

Mesa Verde National Park Cliff Houses Ladder Replica

Just around the corner there was a perfect doggy door for me to get through. Papa never said anything but when I saw this I thought the Pueblos must have loved dogs to make such an easy passage for them.

Mesa Verde National Park Cliff Houses Doorway

I quickly learned I was wrong. Right after the doggy door they had to climb up this. I started to think that the dog idea was ridiculous.

Mesa Verde National Park Cliff Houses Path Out

Here is what is waiting just after that! I was definitely wrong about the dogs…

Mesa Verde National Park Cliff Houses Ladder Out

Impressive side note though, this guy is 93 and went through the whole thing! Good on you Sir! It is great seeing someone still out enjoying life at his age.

Mesa Verde National Park Cliff Houses Ladder Out 2

Once up this ladder there was a great view and you could see down to the bottom of the ladder.

Mesa Verde National Park Cliff Houses 4

Finally after all that climbing Papa and his new friends were all right back at their cars. With a great view over the canyon. Everyone went their separate ways. I knew as soon as Papa was coming home like we dogs always do. I woke up and let Mama know Papa was en route.

Mesa Verde National Park Cliff

So finally the pack was back together and hearing about those Cliff dwellings was amazing! You humans never cease to amaze me.

Until next time!

Red Rock Canyon, Las Vegas, Nevada (Through Desert and Ice)

Recently we here at Guillermo’s Travels went on an adventure into the Red Rock Canyon in the Mojave Desert. Boy was it an adventure! There are big mountains and vast terrain.

This time we would up meeting Papa’s friends Michael and Jamie.

My view from the truck on the way.

My view from the truck on the way.

Once we arrived we didn’t waste any time setting off into the wilderness.

I liked to follow Jamie around.

I liked to follow Jamie around.

As we made our way further into the desert we saw amazing views of far off mountains. I could tell these mountains were where we were headed.

Are we going all the way over there?

Are we going all the way over there?

At one point we must of made a wrong turn. We came up on some sort or circular area with a smaller circle inside of it. It looked like a lot of time and effort had gone into the creation of this rock formation.

All around the outside we found rocks stacked into pillars. It must have been some kind of ritual circle and I decided we needed to get out of there before the peoples who made this alter came back!

I hope these aren't any kind of rituals involving dogs...

I hope these aren’t any kind of rituals involving dogs…

Papa was all over the place looking at these rocks and how they were laid out. I made it clear we needed to move on.

We ventured even farther into this wasteland the rocks began to change shades of grey. Guillermo Red Rock

I let Papa know I approve of moving farther in.

I let Papa know I approve of moving farther in.

Just before going into the passage through the mountains we found a tree that appeared to be dead.

The humans seemed fascinated with this tree though; I have no idea why.

I don't get it...

I don’t get it… Looks like a dead tree to me.

Disappearing into the mountains the weather changed as we descended and things became very cold. We even had to walk over ice to get to where this expedition was leading us.

Papa said that I look like was superimposed into this picture.

Papa said that I look like I was superimposed into this picture.

I can assure you my paws are quite cold. Where are my boots?

I can assure you my paws are quite cold. Where are my boots?

Finding ourselves in down in a hole with standing water we stopped to take a break and enjoy the beauty . . . and then I peed in it to claim the area.

This water was delicious! Very refreshing.

This water was delicious! Very refreshing.

Down in the DepthsMichael found a small creature the likes of which I have never seen. Papa and Michael started behaving strangely and moving very slowly as though this was a dangerous creature. Maybe it is related to the dragon we found in Pismo Beach?

Stay back it seems dangerous!

Stay back it seems dangerous!

Finally those two finally got some sense and slowly moved away. When we were at a safe distance we climbed out and headed back into the open desert.

There was a loud noise that was echoing through the canyon. It was like a thumping.

It was at this time I turned back to let the humans know it was time to leave. Despite being a desert this place had suddenly changed. The air was cold.

Time to go humans.. Take me to the Magic House and feed me.

Time to go humans.. Take me to the Magic House and feed me.

I thought I had them convinced but once we went farther from the mountains they stopped and made me sit on a rock. The started telling me to look at them.

You do what you have to do but I'm just going to sit here.

You do what you have to do but I’m just going to sit here.

This Las Vegas it been a strange place. There are big temperature swings. How can we be in the snow one day then in the desert the next? This Magic House sure puts us in some strange situations. Where will we wind up next?