Monday, August 2, 2010

Mesa Verde and a Great Restaurant

It's been raining steadily since we woke up - the first time that has happened on our trip. The weather had been wonderful, with some amazing drives through clouds and storms, but 90% sunny with gorgeous skies. Today? We'll see. Grammy's worried about 4 Corners and Monument Valley, but I predict it won't be raining there. We're in Cortez, CO, in the mountains, while those destinations are in the desert. Just a few hours of driving can make a world of difference.
Mesa Verde was a hit with the kids, with niece saying it was her favorite so far. I'm really glad they have seemed to like everything on the itinerary so far. They went down into Spruce House and took the guided tour into Balcony House. Balcony House is one of the few places here I've never done, as I've explored most of the Park in prior trips. This time the altitude just got to me, and I chose to hang out with Grammy. She saw a mountain bluebird, but I missed it.

We stayed at the Days Inn in Cortez, which is just fine. The kids and Sis loved it, though, because I booked them a 2-room suite, so they had 2 separate rooms and 3, not 2, beds. Sis had her own room with no kids, shut the door and doesn't know if they ever got to sleep (and doesn't care!). :) Last night we ate at Jack & Janelle's Country Kitchen in Cortez, Colorado (say that 5 times fast), and it was terrific! Great onion rings with fresh, home-made batter, the best apple pie ever (seriously), awesome french dip, excellent pork chops and steak. But their sandwich called the veggiewich was the topper - rosemary olive bread, cucumbers, tomato, avocado, lettuce and cream cheese. Yum! When Grams says "It didn't have mayonaise and it didn't need it," you know it was something! :)

The drive through the Rockie's was stunning, and we only took 2 wrong turns so we actually were on the road just about what I'd thought we would be. For a change. Today, onward to the dessert and some of Gram's absolute favorites! (Oh, wow, I just checked the weather in Monument Valley and it IS raining. Wow!)

7 comments:

  1. Surely a great hit for those kids huh, and it seems like everyone will love visiting Mesa Verde. I really love to take my family there. You are all so lucky to have your family in a trip! You are right its "Gonna' be fun!"

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