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May 13th, 2008

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04:58 pm - Out of Town: Mesa Verde
My parents suggested teaotter and I go on a short vacation with them, so tomorrow (much to early in the morning) we are flying to Denver to meet them, and from there we are going to Durango Colorado and driving to Mesa Verde, where we will spend a couple of days. We'll have two nights there and two nights in Durango, which will be punctuated by a train ride through some mountains. From my PoV, the most interesting part is the fact that the train is a coal-fired, steam-powered locomotive, and that should be fascinating and the mountains will hopefully be somewhat interesting. I'm certain to have internet access in Durango (we're stay at a Marriott), but have no clue if there will be any sort of info access at the lodge in Mesa Verde. I'm hoping they have wifi, but if not, I'll be offline until Saturday evening, which is a prospect that definitely does not fill me with joy. Thankfully, I have a wealth of paper and ebooks and Becca for company. This should be the last trip I make with my distinctly aging PDA, so future travels should be brightened by a far superior ebook reader and media player.

Mesa Verde should definitely be interesting – my parents other two suggestions for places to visit were various Southwestern scenic areas (Zion and the Grand Canyon), which certainly look impressive in photographs, but are equally certain to not be remotely my sort of thing (having little interest in wilderness areas, especially ones located in deserts). OTOH, I've studied (rather longer ago than I care to think about) the Anasazi culture a bit, but have never actually seen any Anasazi sites, so that should be fascinating. I'll have my lovely new camera with me, so there will most definitely be photos posted here.

While it looks to be enjoyable, I find that for me the primary importance of travel is visiting people I like, and that's most definitely not the case here – I dislike having to temporarily reshape myself and my life to avoid conflict with my parents (and the associated risk of decreased parental largesse). However, the timing is at least good, since I seem to have two weeks off between various projects (which is the first two weeks without impressive deadline pressure that I've had for more than six months). I'm also once again struck by how lucky I am to live in a diverse and cosmopolitan city, where I can very easily find all manner of food compatible with my dairy allergy. However, all reports indicate that the food at Mesa Verde is some version of traditional Navajo, which sounds both delicious and workable. In any case, I shall return to Portland early Sunday evening, stressed from visiting my parents, but hopefully with some interesting experiences to show for it.
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Date:May 14th, 2008 12:28 am (UTC)
I've been to Mesa Verde and loved it (but I also loved Zion and the Canyon), and my parents have been on that narrow gauge railway trip a couple of times and really had fun.
Date:May 14th, 2008 01:30 am (UTC)
Mesa Verde is pretty fascinating. There's a huge amount of weird history associated with it and the region.
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Date:May 14th, 2008 12:04 pm (UTC)
Good luck finding ways to twist this experience to your pleasure/growth thru experience as well as making your folks happy.

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