"my lungs burning and my determination waivering"

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Christ of the Mines Shrine, Silverton

Flag of United States  , Colorado
Tuesday, June 12, 2012

I was super excited about seeing Mese Verde National Park as I had planned on seeing it on my travels but wasn't sure how I was gonna pull it off. Idaho residents going on a road trip and inviting me along hadn't crossed my mind as a possibility but such is travel. We did two tours at Mese Verde.

First was to see the 'Balcony House' named because the house had a balcony Indians used to get from one room to another. It was a really interesting sight. The tour guide was annoying because she asked super stupid questions as though we were in early childhood. One question she asked was about how the Indians kept their tribe going and I was sick of the questions so I said "by making babies". She was a little shocked by my response. Take the tour guide out of the equation and it was really cool, especially climbing out. To climb out we climbed a ladder and then up some hand holds on the edge of the cliff. It was scary but fun!

The second tour we did was to see the 'Cliff Palace'. This is the biggest Indian ruins in North America. It was a very impressive structure. Christopher, Dillon and I all agreed that it would be fun to try to build your own... perhaps one day I will!

It had a lot of Kivas which are round holes in the ground with a fire pit in the middle... not really holes but built in round structures. It is used to facilitate community and discussion, a religion of sorts.

Apparently it took about 20 years to build most of the structure and about 20 years after that the Indians had abandoned this land and moved to Arizona and New Mexico. No one knows exactly why they left, with the current Pueblos simply saying it was time to go.

On the way from Mese Verde to Silverton we stopped at a strange hot springs. It was inda gross. Along the same highway we reached a top height of 10,900ft above sea level. It was pretty intense and I could notice it in my breathing. Also Tanya, Joy, Dillon and Chris were farting a lot more often than usual. A fact they blamed on the impacts of high altitudes.

We stopped at Silverton for the night. Silverton is a town known for its history in the mining industry. The town was overlooked by the Christ of the Mines Shrine. Erected to protect miners and to thank for its protection during a flood. It was a hike to get to it and I decided it was worth it. The others stayed in the car. I struggled in the 9,300ft altitude to hike up. My legs were hurting, my lungs burning and my determination waivering. Finally I made it. I took some photos and then headed back down proud of my accomplichment. Now I know what it is like hiking at high altitude.... next step is a TINA!

To en the day Chris suggested GeoCaching, a game where they have to find a location to swap a toy thing and then whatever they get they put into another GeoCaching site. It was a little dull to be honest, maybe different sights are more interesting.

 
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