Colorado History Tour: First Stop, Cortez  

bipolybabe 56F
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8/4/2006 5:58 am

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8/6/2006 2:43 pm

Colorado History Tour: First Stop, Cortez

NOTE: The normally dick-crazy BiPolyBabe is enjoying a brief celibate period as she travels with family. If the joy of self-loving and hanging with kids is not your thing, check back mid-August when I'll be back riding my Live-In Lover. And others. But, you might miss hearing about me getting lucky along the way. One never knows ;-}


We're staying in a motel in Cortez, CO, tonight to catch up on sleep. The train from Santa Barbara to Gallup, NM, wasn't so restful that I actually slept through the night, and I thought it would be good to sleep well once before we begin camping. (Also, I wanted one last wireless night before I have to go cold turkey into an unwired world. We'll see how long I last before I'm jonesing for a Starbucks and internet service! )

My dad picked us up when the train got into Gallup, NM, merely an hour late. We drove past Shiprock, NM, which is a beautiful piece of rock rising up from the desert floor, supposedly an old volcano. Then, we stopped along the way at the Begave Flea Market to try a grilled mutton sandwich with grilled peppers on Indian fry bread, a steamed corn and squash stew (also with mutton) and some sweet. fresh-picked peaches. I happen to like lamb, and the mutton was interesting but not so tasty to be worth all the effort of chewing. The steamed corn and squash soup was steaming hot but otherwise unflavored. Which is good if you really like corn and squash.

We reached Cortez, cooled off in the motel pool, took naps and then toured the family history spots: the grave site in Arriola where my grandparents are buried, the Downey school where my grandma taught for many years and the farms my great-grandparents homesteaded. My kids seem singularly unimpressed, but I imagine they'll remember it later, just as I remember my grandma taking me to see these same sites when I was a kid. (I took some pix which are in a new album for my Network Friends. Sorry I can't figure out how to post more here, but, in truth, the photos are not necessarily interesting to anyone except me because they are landscape shots rather than sexy pics or even people pics. I decided that even though I feel pretty comfortable being myself on this site, it was pushing the envelope to post photos of my children.)

We watched a demonstration of some Indian "Pow Wow" dances, rather than the traditional ceremonial dances, and it was colorful and noisy. The women pictured here are doing the "Fancy Shawl Dance."

Tomorrow, actually today, we are heading off to camp at Mesa Verde National Park, which is one of my favorite places. Climbing through the Anasazi Indian ruins of the Cliff Dwellings, one gets a real feeling of what it must have been like to live there many years ago. I'm hoping my kids will enjoy it, but one never knows about kids. I've decided that, even if I think they'd be most comfortable hanging out at home and watching TV all summer and even if that's the course of least resistance for me, it's worth the effort to drag them to see more of the world so they can figure out what they like and what they don't like. If you don't try chewing mutton, how will you know you prefer lamb?

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2375 posts
8/4/2006 8:42 am

I thought mutton WAS lamb! Sounds like a great time with your kids and family. Hope you enjoy every minute of it!

bipolybabe replies on 8/6/2006 2:43 pm:
Mutton is what lambies turn into! Old chewy guys who'd just as soon you didn't eat them.


rm_hairpieguy37 81M
325 posts
8/5/2006 5:26 am

Bipoly. Well after spouting off about MV and the park service I read this blog. So you have been there before. i really would like to get your impressions of those changes since you were a kid there. I grew up in Oakland Calif, and as a kid I read nat geo mag, about MV and Hoovenweep. I thought I would never get all the way out to Colorado to ever see and expirience those magical places. Now i live here in the NW corner in a little town thats like 70 miles from Dinosaur NM, have found fossils, arrow heads, petrified wood, sea shells lots of neat stuff. My point, your kids may not show it and get bored with it all, but they will never forget it. My trips as a kid were all 150 miles too "Grammas" but I still remember them. I wish I could take those trips again, but the freeways, I-5 and houses cover that ground now,& I am begining to understand the native Americans lost of their home lands.I do hope you and your kids enjoy this trip.

bipolybabe replies on 8/6/2006 2:46 pm:
I think they're enjoying it. While they seem happier playing pool here in the gameroom than climbing down into the ruins at Mesa Verde, but, just as I remembered it, I think they will.

And, hopefully, it will make us all more aware of our history in relation to Native Americans.


ellelu 50F

8/5/2006 9:03 pm

You'll be done before you see this, but I've got an 11 year old and a 24 year old, so a little different perspective. I also LOVE road trips, much to my kid's chagrin at times. anyway, the thing I just wanted to pass on, is just like what's been said.

My 24 year old thanks me for trips past, and he's said over and over, "thanks for making me ...." He never has gotten around to thanking me for all the times I gave in and let him stay home nursing the tv in his room! (Seriously, there were too many of those to count.)

The 11 year old thanks me for the trips she did two years ago, not this year. Ever. Path of least resistance, my ass... they're KIDS. Parenting is like the master class of finesse in combat... spiritual Aikido or something. They don't know yet what they'll end up appreciating, regardless of whether they like it or not right now or not. You go girl, share your excitement, more power to you!

bipolybabe replies on 8/6/2006 2:47 pm:
I like that...spiritual aikido!

Thanks, we have to keep up the good fight to create experiences that help them develop the people I know they can be.


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