Green Table

Road Trip Day 6 – Telluride, CO to Albuquerque, NM – 398 miles

As we inch our way closer to Texas we realize we are running out of National Parks to visit and the closer for me to see my home in over 75 days, wow that is a long time for me.

Spruce Tree House Cliff Dwellings; the most well preserved dwellings

We were surprised how close they would let you get to sites that were built from 600 – 1300 AD

Cliff Palace Dwellings; the largest of the dwellings

We took a tour of the Balcony House Dwellings, which required the most adventure to get around

Tight Squeeze
Ranger Tim informing us how the Puebloans would party down in their Kivas
Had to do a 12ft crawl to get out the front door

I am thinking the chains were a 19th century upgrade

Visited Arizona for about 10 miles
When you’re thinking of visiting the Four Corners National Monument you figure it’s just some plaque out in the middle of nowhere, not a tourist attraction on Navajo Land

Into the land of enchantment
Great sunset, but sadly at the cost of the largest recorded fire in New Mexico history
After staying in a tent the last 3 out of 6 nights we took it up a BIG notch by staying in the 4 star Hotel Parq Central in New Mexico –
No need to leave the hotel to find a relaxing time
The hotel was originally opened in 1926 as a hospital, which eventually shutdown in the mid 90’s as a children’s mental ward, and then reopened October 2010 as the hotel.  We were hoping to see some ghosts but these kids had nothing compared to camping in the outdoors
View of Albuquerque from the hotel’s roof top bar

53 thoughts on “Green Table

  1. Wow you all are so cute!! This was great thanks

  2. Alessandro Paiva July 11, 2011 — 8:53 am

    Amazing! Great pictures!

  3. Ahhh your adding more to my list of places to visit! Love the dwelling photo’s!

  4. SUPERB! Would be so fun delving into the history there…

  5. My daughter and I were just talking about how we’d love to visit the Four Corners monument and be in 4 states at once! Very nice photos and congrats on being Freshly Pressed!

  6. That looks like an amazing trip! Great pics!

  7. Beautiful pics – just amazing. My parents visited the Cliff Place Dwellings a few years back and were just amazed at how these people lived. Congrats on being FP!

  8. Looks like a fantastic time. My wife has pitched New Mexico a few times as a vacation place and it’s definitely on our list. Great pictures and congrats on being Freshly Pressed.

  9. it’s beautiful! it seems you had a great time there 🙂

  10. Hi folks, you have pressed my jealous button. I have to find a way to tour the U.S. while getting paid for it 😉 . Congrats on being Freshly Pressed!

  11. Lovely photos and great findings!

  12. wouldn’t hav known abot dis beautiful place f i havn’t seen dis blog…nice post…

  13. You are a handsome couple. The backgrounds are striking though, not to take anything away from you.

  14. I lived in Arizona briefly as a kid. The desert and mountains are beautiful and a fun place to get lots of exercise. These are great photos. It looked like you had fun. Thanks for this post.

  15. had no idea those were there! very cool. woudl love to camp there…although i’m certain that’s not allowed. even near there would be beautiful. thanks for sharing1

  16. “12 foot crawl to get out the front door” Wow! Guess that isn’t a vacation destination for women in the size 16 range, like me. Thanks for sharing the great photos and congratulations on being Freshly Pressed!

    1. Thanks and at Mesa Verde they did have other guided hikes that didnt require crawling

  17. Wow, those photos are really nice, and the whole adventure home to Texas seems like an amazing idea!

  18. These are beautiful pictures! With all your biking around America, make sure you stretch your hip flexors and strengthen your spine. For more info on long distance biking and the benefits of yoga, check out our blog. We hope to have a video up on Biking and Yoga soon! xoxo

  19. Wow! That’s amazing!

  20. Nice pictures! Love the shot on the sun and its rays!

  21. the word of me July 11, 2011 — 9:30 pm

    I don’t know if anybody told you, but the 4 corners monument is actually about a half mile off. This was determined about 2 or 3 years ago when the area was re-surveyed for some reason. I wonder how long it will take for the monument plaque and related stuff to be moved where it belongs.

    Such beautiful country all around the area you were in. I traveled the area for a few weeks many years ago and miss it a lot.


  22. Whew! Love all the climbing you two did – inspiring to see you clambering around in what might be ancient precursors to townhouses. They certainly knew what they were doing when they built those – wonderful!

  23. These are some amazing pictures! I love the intricacy of the stone buildings even though they are so ancient! If you want, check out my blog at It is a blog about iPads and their apps. I appreciate views!

  24. Whatever

  25. Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed. And I am glad to meet with you and your blog. These are amazing photographs, especially the Cliff Palace Dwellings, there are some archeological places like that in Anatolia too. I am impressed so much. Thank you, Greetings and Love, nia

  26. Lovely pictures! I’ve been in those places myself, and they really are wonderful.
    If I may be your travel guide for a little, you should visit the Abiquiu area, it’s absolutely gorgeous, I’ve been there quite a few times now, but it still takes my breath away. There is this hike trail in Ghost ranch, Box Canyon, it’s called, you should do it. Have fun!

  27. wouldn’t hav known abot dis beautiful place f i havn’t seen dis blog…nice post…tanks

  28. Absolutely stunning !Very compelling images of sacred sites.

  29. la-vandala-abusiva July 12, 2011 — 3:19 am

    Superb pictures, and nice idea your bicycle trip!

  30. I love Mesa Verde! The National Parks of the west are amazing. Have a great bike tour.

  31. Tattoos, love and lunacy... July 12, 2011 — 4:31 am

    I want to go! I had no idea you could literally get that close!

  32. Amazing pictures. You two do not look like people who’ve been beating themselves up biking across the country every day; you just look like very fit and charming tourists. Thanks for sharing your spunky photo journal and congrats on being FP’d!

  33. I’ve been to Mesa Verde twice though I haven’t taken any of the tours. Looks like I need to visit a third time; the Balcony House Tour looked really neat!

  34. That looks like an amazing park well worth the visit. I love national parks.

  35. Great photos and location very pleasing to the eye.

  36. Stunning… but it’s the bicycle bit that haunts me!

  37. oh wow i love traveling so much and visit people and places where i am never visited before i like that.

  38. Thanks for sharing. Is very good and very interesting.

  39. Seems like a fun adventure, with some amazing pictures as well. Bravo!

  40. What a spectacular piece of nature and history! I didn’t know about this place before, such a great an beautiful place! I see that you had a great time there!

  41. realanonymousgirl2011 July 27, 2011 — 3:28 pm

    Wow! Good luck and great pics!

  42. Legendary post, I enjoy this spectacular site,I found you along freshly pressed!

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