Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Colorado Springs: Manitou Cliff Dwellings

We ventured into Colorado Springs several times. It's a beautiful drive about an hour and 15 minutes and there was tons to see and do there. We checked out the Manitou Cliff Dwellings first. I was particularly interested because one of my favorite books we read in our homeschool was "Walk the World's Rim." It is historical fiction set in the 16th century and it explores Indian life. It ends at cliff dwellings with an amazing sacrifice by the father figure in the story. I LOVED it. Thus, the reason we had to see the cliff dwellings. We toured the museum first and then on into the dwellings which could be walked through and climbed over. Very interactive.

The view as you drive up. These are original dwellings that were moved to this cave to keep them well-preserved.

An example of cave life in the museum.

More learning. It was quite interesting to ponder the Indian way of life ... the harshness and the simplicity.

Checking out a dwelling.

Grinding corn into meal ... this is not as easy as it might look.

Into the dwellings ...

The big girls climbed up in and all through them.

Peyton peeking through into an upper room.

Sweet sisters!

Did I mention the dwellings were in the mountains! Breath-taking views all around, not too mention some pretty awesome daughters!

We packed a car picnic for this day's trip. Here are the picnickers ready to move on to the next adventure.

* :( some of the best photo's were vertical and I still don't know how to get them to upload vertical versus horizontal. Anyone with any ideas?

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