Sunday, May 19, 2013

APQ BLOCK SWAP QUILT AND MESA VERDE NATIONAL PARK

DH and I are on our way to Oregon and decided to stop at Mesa Verde National Park.  However, before we went there we stopped in Albuquerque, NM to visit Marsha of Grandma's quilts and an APQ block swapper with me and about 10 or 11 others.  Below we are holding the quilts that we made from the swap in 2010.  This was the first time that Marsha and I have met and she brought some other quilts to show me.  I also showed her the quilts that I have in the camper as well as a few projects that I brought with me to work on.  It was wonderful to meet Marsha after all this time.

Me and Marsha
 At Mesa Verde National Park we took a tour which included Cliff Palace as seen below.  We took this picture from across the canyon.  You can see the railing of the observation deck in the lower right hand of the picture.  To get down to the cliff palace, there are metal and rock steps that lead down from the top of the mesa on the left side of the buildings.


After the Park Ranger gave us a tour of the palace area, explaining how they constructed it and the information that they know about it, we had to climb up some stone steps and some ladders to get back to the top of the mesa.

DH ready to ascend the steps (our bus tour guide is sitting on the left side of the steps)

Here I am climbing the ladder to the very top.  It wasn't as bad as we thought it might be!

Here's another view of the crevice that the steps and ladders are in.
Mesa Verde is an amazing national park and we would definitely recommend it.  It preserves a spectacular reminder of the ancient culture of the Anasazi people, which is from a Navajo word sometimes translated as "the ancient foreigners."  They are now called Ancestral Puebloans.  They lived here for about 700 years until the late 1200s.  

14 comments:

Lee Prairie Designs said...

So neat that you met Marsha...both of your quilts are treasures!

Looks like from pictures all of you are having a great time!

Carolyn

Beth said...

Great pic of you and Marsha! How cool that you met another APQ blogger. Fun. Love the quilts.

Mesa Verde looks amazing. I really need to make more trips. Maybe I need a small camper? That ladder looks a bit scary. You are brave travelers.

---"Love" said...

How nice to get to meet Marsha; what a treat that must have been! Thanks for the pictures of Mesa Verde; it truly is an interesting place. I walked it about 35 years ago; couldn't do that now! Enjoy your trip, and stay safe! ---"Love"

Janet O. said...

I haven't been to Mesa Verde in a long, long time, but I still recall how amazing it was to me.
Are you going through northern Utah? I just wondered if I should stand by the freeway and wave. : )

Betty Lou said...

What fun--------great pictures of the beautiful scenery.

a good yarn said...

Now I really am jealous! So glad you had a chance to meet and your Swap quilts are terrific! Mine heads off to the quilter this week (I hope).

lillianscupboard said...

Wonderful photos and beautiful quilts.
Lillian

Liriopia said...

And Ruth bags another APQer! Hooray for you! Love that site. Have seen it any number of times on the TV and would so love to see it for real!

Liri

Katie said...

One of these days I'm going to travel in a direction that my APQ buddies live... And it's funny that I just saw a program (well, the part of it between the hubby changing channels...) on the Cliff Palace this weekend. I'm jealous you go to visit - it looks amazing, even with all the climbing.

Rachaeldaisy said...

Wonderful quilt!! That national park looks amazing! The Palace city looks so interesting. Thanks for sharing these photos.

Barb said...

Wonderful place to visit! I was there in the late 70s. Looks the same, lol.
Loved your quilty photos too.

Elaine Adair said...

Oh my, I was down those steps and up again (thankfully) a year ago - isn't that a marvelous place??? I couldn't walk for 2 days afterwards though! 8-)

Marsha said...

Ruth, it was so nice to meet up with you and get the picture of us together with our quilts. We visited Mesa Verde about 10 years ago and love it. It is wonderful it has been preserved so well. Enjoy the rest of your trip!

Lori said...

What a beautiful place to visit.
How fun to meet up with a fellow blogger and do show and tell:)