On our way to our first stop, we swung by the (totally uneventful) 4 corners in order to hand over our $3 a person to use some disgusting port-a-potties and to take these lovely pics:
Our first stop was Mesa Verde, where we actually were high in Colorado. I remembered visiting when I was a kid and thinking the ruins were amazing, but I'd forgotten how breathtaking the views were and how high the mesa was. We stayed that first night in the park and ate at the Far View Terrance, which was aptly named.
The tram ride to the Long House trail was one of H's favorite parts of the day.
After Mesa Verde, we headed to Durango, where we stayed the rest of the trip at the fabulous Marriott Residence Inn, where we made good use of their hot tub, pool, sport court, and hot breakfast, and where J and I nightly praised the existence of the separate bedroom for the wild and crazy kids.
Durango was our home base for river rafting (this picture is not of us, unfortunately, because we couldn't take our camera on the raft and their photographer was gone the day we rafted).
And for the day trip to Silverton, where we went on a mine tour, which Sweetie didn't like because it was a cool 47 degrees in the mine. We also planned on renting a jeep, but couldn't find one available.
We had a great time and would gladly be high in Colorado again someday.