Once again it seems like we are rushing. I thought that by taking a year off, we would have so much time on our hands. I couldn’t have been more wrong. We had to book it across the country from Utah to meet friends in Austin, Texas. It’s lucky that we’ve scheduled these times and places to meet people, otherwise we’d probably still be up north in Alaska / the Yukon.
It was another early start and another beautiful morning in Utah.
Mark really wanted to check out some of the ancient cave ruins on the way, so we stopped off at Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado. The Ancestral Puebloan people had lived up on the mesa tops in this area for about 600 years. They started building these amazing villages in the overhanging caves way up high in the cliffs sometime the late 1100s, but for some reason they only lived there for about 100 years before heading south and leaving it all behind.
Many of these cliff dwellings are really well preserved and on some walls you can still see the decorative patterns on the old plaster. Very cool.
The next day, we really had to cover some miles. We had breakfast in Colorado, brunch in New Mexico and made it to Texas in time for dinner.
That night, we were camped at a National Wildlife Reserve in Texas and were told the next morning that they were closing the place, because the government was in shut down. Apparently, the politicians couldn’t agree on the budget. This meant that all the National Parks were also closed and that staff weren’t getting paid. Of course… the politicians who caused all the drama, weren’t out of pocket at all. As a past government employee, this really peeved me. However as an unemployed traveler, I was glad that we’d finished visiting our long list of National Parks just in time.
The weather was heating up again and we found a campground in Texas with free showers. This is pretty luxurious for us these days. Maybe in Austin Mark can even get a haircut….