I just arrived back to my homeplace a short while ago and I thought I would try to post up the pictures of my trip to Willowtail Springs in Mancos, CO, along with a few pictures from my visit with M’lissa on our hike to Mugs House in Mesa Verde National Park.
The trip was just what I needed and I’m in deep gratitude that I was able to make the space to go on this get-away. But, as the saying goes….there is no place like home!
This is as you drive into Willowtail Springs. Below are one of the zillions of garden beds that grace the property. Peggy and Lee outdo themselves making this place beautiful and walker-friendly. I know that as I’m writing this post they are going crazy preparing for a wedding that will take place in the gardens there tomorrow afternoon.
This is the pond for which the whole place takes it’s name. A spring-fed pond that houses very nice trout (I’m told anyway…as I’m not a fisher woman), and loads of different kinds of water birds.
The purpose of my retreat at Willowtail Springs was to spend some time un-interrupted with my needlework project. I finished a giant section and I was able to scroll up to the next section…yippee!
One of the things that they specialize in at Willowtail Springs are retreats and residencies for artists, writers, photogarphers, birders…you name it. This place is perfect for these types of life events. Check out their non-profit website to explore all the ways you can go there. The post I put up before this one has the website information and a picture of the outside of the garden cottage, which is one of the cabins you can rent. You can also just google them and get to the site perfectly easy enough.
This past Monday I spent the day with M’lissa and her friend Laura hiking and visiting in Mesa Verde. I tried to post up these photos earlier in the week, but for some reason my laptop wouldn’t upload them into the post, but here they are now.
This is Mugs House and it is a backcountry ruin that is only accessible with a permit and being accompanied by a park ranger. Since M’lissa is a park ranger and she acquired the permit, we were set. This place is truly incredible and we had a great time.
Below here is a photo of one of 8 kivas that are part of the ruin. The whole ruin has nearly 100 rooms, one of which they believe was used to house domesticated turkeys. On top of the mesa is a 6 acre cultivation field that these people used to grow their crops, along with hunting and gathering of wild plants. Water was gathered from a stone reservoir that collected water from one of the cliff pour-offs. We could see grooves in the cliff ledges where the ladders rested that allowed these people to climb up to the rooms on the second level ledge.
Anyway, the whole week was lovely and I enjoyed it very much. Tomorrow I will begin the process of getting caught up here at the homeplace.
Hope you enjoyed the rain this week. The farm got a generous bit and there is a possibility that tomorrow we might be fortunate enough to get a little bit more. I sure hope so.