May 14th, 2008
|08:36 pm - Mesa Verde Day One|
While there is no internet access in the rooms in Mesa Verde, there is at the main building (with the gift shop and restaurant). There is absolutely no cellphone reception, but even here the internet is still accessible, which definitely makes me happy.
Flying was as exhausting and unpleasant as it always is – I've never understood being afraid of flying, but loathing commercial air travel is very easy indeed. Seeing my parents goes well, largely because it hasn't been long enough for my mother to get mean and vindictive – that usually takes three days.
The landscape however is spectacular and unexpected. We haven't actually seen any cliff dwellings yet, because we didn't arrive at Mesa Verde until 5:00 PM, but the land is odd. I expected it to look like California, and it does, except that everything is far greener. To me, California is very obviously a desert that feels (even on the coast) far too barren and waterless. Here, there is considerably more water, which means that the mesquite, sagebrush, and suchlike are all far greener and more lush. It's also cold, with lows in the 30s, and highs only in the low 60s – very different from the heat wave Portland is likely experiencing for the next three days.
Also, while I love cities in all ways, having the chance to really see the stars, is always a joy. The first time I really saw them was in Egypt, when I was 14, which is when I realized that the phrase The Milky Way had actual meaning when you could clearly see the sky in a largely lightless region.
In other news, my 2 week vacation ends when I return. I have two back to back projects - one that looks interesting, and another that is an Exalted project that I've been wanting to work on for several years.
Current Mood: tired
|Date:||May 15th, 2008 06:11 am (UTC)|| |
> I realized that the phrase The Milky Way had actual meaning
> when you could clearly see the sky in a largely lightless region.
I am old enough that I remember being able to stand between two tall apartment buildings when nobody had their lights on in windows facing the alley and being able to see the Milky Way. This was in New York City, back in the mid-1950s.
I think Aaron and Daire are picking us up. I'll confirm this tomorrow.
mmmm stars... sounds wonderful... *hugs*
Very alien, but very lovely. I think you'd love it there. *hugs back*
Which parts of California are you referring to? The redwood forests are certainly about as completely opposite of a desert as it's possible to get. Southern California is a desert, and most of the rest of it is Mediterranean, very dry in the summers but very wet in the winters.
I'm most familiar with SoCal (having lived in LA for 3 years and San Diego for 1), but I also visited the area around Palo Alto, and it looked a whole lot like a desert to me. The redwood forests and the areas immediately along the coast are definitely exceptions, but the rest of CA is very much a desert from my POV (as someone who is both used to and prefers four seasons and an abundance of deciduous trees). Also, I tend to consider Mediterranean climates to be almost (but admittedly not quite) deserts, which is definitely my own bias :)
And do my photos of northern California look desert-like to you too?
No, I've seen pictures of portions of CA that are north of San Francisco, which seem to be significantly different from all portions of CA that I'm used to, but I've never really seen that region in person, except for driving through it two days after I handfasted with Becca (at which point, local scenery was far from anything I was noticing).
I remember seeing the Milky Way as a kid from our yard. Now I have to go out to West Texas to see it.
Glad to hear you're enjoying the desert, but it'd be nice to see you on THIS coast sometime soon :)
Agreed my friend. I (and both of my partners) will definitely be there in September.