Last two stops on our journey around the country, and then we were headed home.
First off, if you're planning a visit to Mesa Verde, it's quite affordable. I can't remember the park admission (between $12-25 a carload), but that's all it takes to see stuff. If you want to take guided tours of some of the ruins, it costs $2 per person. We took two tours, and they were both fantastic.
Make sure you take water. And binoculars.
It's crazy. I said that before, didn't I?
The guides were very knowledgeable and fielded questions from the tourists with ease. When I asked about this anomaly in the wall behind Evie's head . . .
We left that morning around 5:30 am AZ time and pulled into our driveway just past 5 pm. It was our longest travel day of the trip, but we were so glad to be headed home that it didn't seem to be almost twelve hours.
As we got nearer and nearer to the valley, Micah would excitedly say, "Mom! It's a saguaro! Do you know how long it's been since I've seen a saguaro? Three WEEKS!" or "Hyrum! We're in Rock Land! That means we're so close to home!" or "There's the dump! Turn this corner, and we're almost on the road that leads to our house!"
After unpacking the car, unloading the car, and leaving full suitcases in the laundry room and bedrooms, kids changed into swimsuits.
At least double that number of memories made.
Never to be replicated. Always to be remembered.