May 10…. cliff dwellers ,and Pikes Peak

There were so many great places to go see that we didn’t have the chance to see but the Manitou Cliff dwellers was a must for me . I just love places with a history like this.

Some History on these very creative people…. The Anasazi also known as ancient ones lived here 1100 AD to 1300 A.D. They were very skillful in building their homes. Let’s take a look…

There were carvings in stone…

Inside one of the houses,this one housed 9 people…

This oven would be so fun to try out!!

The watch tower…

Their bread flour plant….

And this is amazingly made with horse hair to add a unique design to their pieces… truly made by Indians.

There was a lovely museum,but I was so busy looking at the tomahawks,arrows ,dream makers,and beadwork I forgot to take pictures! The museum was in the Pueblo dwellings ,they lived there after the ancient ones left, they added more buildings but were somewhat different.

Now on to Pikes Peak which has an elevation of 14,115 feet.

The road was very twisted or switched back with a lot of steep ups or down on the way back down,and trust me when I say you don’t want to be on your phone or inattentive while driving for if you went over the edge you would be no more!

It was so cold ,windy but beautifully rugged!

At the top looking over the valley… there was more snow coming so the road was closed shorty after we went down.

On break time… I did a pastel drawing…. my paper was regular tablet paper ,so I had a little harder time getting the pastels to stick to the paper.

Next post Castlewood Canyon state park…..

Author: Deb

I'm a wife, Mom mom, and a quilter. I also enjoy nature , history and flowers.

16 thoughts on “May 10…. cliff dwellers ,and Pikes Peak”

  1. This is so interesting! That cliff dwellers museum looks wonderful–I love that sort of history of early people, too. Can you even begin to imagine living that way? And the drive up the mountain looks scary but spectacular. I like that you found time to make art while you were there–it’s like travelers did in the days before photography, to remember the details of a journey!

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    1. Those dear folks worked hard to survive! When we got to the top ,we got out of the car to walk around,hubby asked me if I felt okay… he said he was feeling a little lightheaded from the high attitude… me … I was feeling good, I lost oxygen when I looked out my window of the car and saw a straight down drop off,and froze!πŸ˜‚

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  2. Oh the things you can remember when a friend posts excellent pictures of of interesting and lovely places! I have had a soft spot in my psyche for places like this. My parents began it when they took us on a road trip vacation when I was young. This was in the days when kids actually looked out the window and enjoyed going and seeing. I began my Anasazi (cliff dwellers) studies at the age of 9. I received a challenge from the Bookmobile librarian about whether or not I could read the HS classed book or not. I insisted. She made me read a page or two and then asked questions… I checked out that book and many more like it after that.

    Loving the photographs and the memories!

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    1. So glad I brought back lovely memories! I just might have to check out some books for more history,as it was so interesting… I would have love to buy a book from there on their herbs,medicine,and cooking recipes but the prices on some of the books… well were pricy!

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      1. They always are! However, if you write down the titles you can look them up on Amazon and usually find one sold used and in good condition for much less!

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    1. Thank you! I agree that the cliff dwellings were awesome! I brought back a Colorado spruce seeds back to see if I can grow one in memory of that trip. They were selling them in the museum,so much of the stuff was China made… and I wanted something very authentic

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  3. I’m glad you got to see the Cliff dwellings, and get to drive Pike’s Peak in this iffy weather! Two very amazing places. America the Beautiful was written after looking to the east from the top of Pikes Peak. It is an amazing thing to see in late June.

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    1. I can believe it’s lovely too, in the fall when trees are turning. It was amazing as it was up there on top,but I didn’t go to close to the edge ….😨 rather freaks me out. Hubby did through, he took pictures that I should have gotten from him to post.

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  4. What a wonderful trip, thank you for showing me something so different, would love to see it, but you have done a good job and I feel like I have visited πŸ™‚ Love the pastel πŸ™‚

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