|The famous Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde National Park.|
As big and intense as this park is, so are the crowds. Dozens and dozens of people milling about in orchestrated attendance. Old women like me complaining about their aches and pains, children eating candy and hopping around walls, Bubba-types with barrel chests pounding their way forward. Yes, chewing bits of hay.
Usually I love being in intense crowds. But Wednesday's experience at less well known parks spoiled me.
|Painted Hand. We hiked a circuitous mile to find this in the Canyons of the Ancients.|
We strolled around and in and out another dwelling, called Lowry, preserved and protected but not fenced off. We walked where the ancients walked.
Like I said, magical.
|One of the ruins at Hovenweep National Park.|
We didn't even go into the museum to see the 25 minute film about the park. And I LOVE THOSE FILMS. But the crowds were daunting. We drove in. Then drove out.
Oh, I am GLAD YES GLAD lots of people love the national parks like I do. I just wish they'd show their love on different days.