I am now returning to finish the blogs for our Alaska trip. I apologize for the break in action but hope to catch up now. We left off with Pike's Peak and our next adventure was seeing the sites around Colorado Springs. We hope you enjoy the photos as much as we enjoyed taking them.
Welcome to Clark Travel Photos.
This site is to document our travels via RV from Florida to Alaska and return. We will be making this trip while still working fulll time as a telecommuter. We will be taking some vacation time in Alaska as we enjoy our Winnebago sponsored Caravan from Dawson Creek BC. You will get to know a bit about Marvin, Bonnie and Sadie along the way. There will be a few pictures taken before the trip to practice blogging siince this is our very first venture at blogging. We hope you enjoy the sights as much as we are and will inspire others to explore and share t... full info
Cliff Dwelling Museum The Anasazi Museum was established and the cliff dwellings built starting in 1904, and were opened to the public in 1907. The museum features displays about the lives of the ancient Anasazi, including exhibits of archaeological artifacts, tools, pottery and weapons. Visitors can also walk through the ancient-style ruins outside
Anasazi peopleThe Anasazi culture has been traced back to its beginnings around 1500 BC. The moved into the cliff dwelling mode as a means of defense. Like many early European counterparts they created their own walled cities with internal passages to be able to move from room to room. Their windows were small for protection and ladder systems were made to be raised to prevent invasion.
Cliff dwellingsA classic reproduction which depicts the safe dwelling place of the Anasazi people. It was built on high ground to be able to see the approaching enemy. It provided a home that was a virtual fortress. Note the small windows which could be used for defense as well as ventilation.
Internal passagewaysI was astounded to see the internal passage ways. It took me back to Sicily and a fortress that was built there in about the same time period. It was designed where warriors could move from spot to spot within the structure without creating risk. An inferior force could appear to be stronger as they moved to multiple defensive positions within the structure. I have included a photo of the Sicilian passageways that were built thousands of miles apart at about the same time.
Castillo Euralo Siracusa SicilyWhen I saw the passageways in the Cliff Dwellings I was immediately struck by the similarity to this photo we shot while in Sicily. I felt there had a been a great similarity separated by a Continent. These structures have lasted for centuries.
OvensThe stone ovens we saw were also reminiscent of the wood fired ovens that we also experienced in Sicily. Having visited the ancient ones in Alaska that migrated to this continent via the land bridge over the Bering Strait it makes you wonder how much of the building skills were actually transported by those traveling between continents rather than just a sheer coincidence.
Twig built homeWhen we were wandering West of Colorado Springs we also came across this prototype artist built structure made of natural materials. Although very unique in design my guess is that it will not last as long as the cliff dwellings
Wildlife is Protected and aboundWe were amazed to see the amount of wildlife within the city limits in broad daylight just outside of the Broadmoor hotel. This white tailed deer appeared more curious than afraid.
Doe with TwinsWhen we turned the corner we found this doe with twins. They must feel very protected since they had no evidence of fear and had a great food source provided by their human counterparts.
Seven FallsJust west of the Broadmoor is the beautiful 7 Falls natural attraction.
Bonnie and SadieNo series would be complete without sharing a picture of my two fantastic travel partners. Bonnie and Sadie were both great travelers. Sadie never complained at all about the 12,000 mile journey that we were on this summer. She made many friends along the way and was a hit at every stop we made. She was s great conversation opener.
Seven FallsWe took an elevator to the top to be able to get this photo. Others transversed the stairs to the left of the falls. With Bonnie's recent knee replacements we elected a bit easier process. There were folks who were actually shaking after they finished the round trip by stairs.