Today (June 30, 2014) we went to Mesa Verde National Park. First we woke up really early in the morning (like 5:00) so you can get to Mesa Verde at 7:30 to make sure we could get tickets to go on a tour. If you go, you really need to get tour tickets. We got lucky – we got tickets for all the tours! Our first stop it was Balcony House. Are tour guide was Ranger Kayla. She was a really good tour guide. She taught us about the people that lived there. On the tour, I learned from Ranger Kayla that the ancestral pueblo people thought that there were 4 worlds.
The second tour was with Ranger Lauren, she was also really good. She is an archaeologist! She did the castle dwellings tour. She taught us more about the building than the people. I learned that the wall is made of sand stone and that the colors of pictographs were usually the colors of red, blue, yellow, and orange. Afterwards we had a lunch break. We went to the cafe nearby. Then we went to the museum and got are Junior Ranger badge for finishing the program. The person who signed us off was Ranger Rebecca. She was very nice.
After we finished the program we drove to our last tour for the day. We were an hour early so we went on a mile hike and saw another ruin. It was called step house. I got to see a hand print and signature on the wall. The ranger that was there was really nice! I do not remember his name but he did a super job on explaining what we were seeing. When we finished we went on the last tour. That was Long House. Our tour guide was Ranger Kimberley. She really knew her stuff. On the first part of that tour we went on a tram to get to the spot. When we got to that spot we started walking to the cliff dwelling. As we were walking we saw a humongous lizard that was blue green and yellow. I did not like going straight down. She first told us about how the pueblo people would make dams to keep the water where that wanted to go and stay. When we got to the cliff dwelling she told us that they estimated the dwelling used to be 5 stories. Today there is only 2. I really liked climbing the ladders. I also learned that there water source was in the back of the cliff dwelling. It is called a seep spring. After that we walked back up and took the tram back and ended are total vacation by going to 4 corners.