When you’re doing a road trip, each different destination and hotel can merge into each other as you’re constantly moving from place to place. So when I was planning my southwest USA route I wanted to make sure we had a few longer stays where we could stay put and unwind for a while. And where better to relax than in a log cabin in middle of a pine forest. Run by husband and wife team Mike and Maria, O Bar O Cabins brings a touch of luxury into a beautiful rustic location outside Durango in Colorado.
In an area of the southwest USA that’s crammed with National Parks, Mesa Verde is the odd one out. Why? Because the environment being preserved here isn’t a natural one dating back millions of years, but a man-made one which only dates back a few hundred years. Located on a mesa – a high ‘table’ or plateau of land – this area was home to a group of Native American people called the Ancestral Puebloans. They moved here around 600 AD and set up pit houses and farms on top of the plateau. But within a few hundred years they’d moved down into the cliffs themselves, building houses and even whole villages into the solid sandstone rocks.
The American southwest is one of the classic road trip destinations. You’ve got National Parks, Wild West landscapes, Native American history and Route 66 roadside kitsch – all along the roads that criss-cross the states of Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico. And on our two-week road trip we tried to soak up as much of it as we possibly could, covering about 2500 miles worth of the southwest’s tarmac while trying not to blow the budget on the way.
I don’t think any bout of travel would be complete without getting the adrenaline pumping at least a little bit. (This coming, of course,…
Road Trip 2011 Four Foots -
After having zipped around for many days without a break, we were both really looking forward to spending 2 nights in one place. And…