Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park

There’s just something we love about Colorado and it seems like you can literally feel it as you cross the state border.  This crossing was no exception!  We love the mountain views, the weather and the people even seem nicer too!  As I mentioned before, we weren’t sure where we were going to go next but we ultimately picked Colorado so we could visit Mesa Verde National Park.  We settled in to the campground that we had picked and set up for the week.  This is a really popular time to be in this area so we lucked out with our campsite.

Rainbow in the Campground

The first night we were pretty tired from traveling and a week of activity so we decided to go out to dinner.  We went to a nearby Mexican restaurant and it was delicious!  If you are ever in the area, be sure to check out Montezuma’s!  After dinner, we went back to the RV to get some rest.  The beginning of the week was pretty uneventful but boy did that change!

Mesa Verde

After work on Tuesday, Austin went for a run and I went for a walk. On Wednesday, we explored Mesa Verde National Park.  I drove to the park first thing Monday morning to get our tickets for the tour since we didn’t book ahead of time.  If you don’t book ahead of time, I recommend going and buying the tickets as soon as you get to the area.  The availability for same day tours was going quickly and I was there at 10am. 

Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde was a cool park to see.  We drove through the park and checked out a lot of the views on our way to our tour. 

Park Point Mesa Verde National Park
Mesa Verde National Park

Our tour was an hour long and it took us down into the cliffside dwellings.  If you can’t get a ticket for one of the guided tours (we did the Cliff Palace tour), it is still worth seeing but I absolutely recommend getting a ticket for a guided tour if you can! Otherwise, you will be viewing the dwellings from the cliff instead of getting to go below the cliff to see them.

We marveled at how straight and precise all of the construction was.  It really is crazy to think of this place 1,400 years ago. 

After the park we went back to the amazing Mexican restaurant we found a few nights ago.  It’s rare for us to eat out – much less twice in one week!  We enjoyed every bite of it though!

Getting Old!

The next morning Austin was stretching in bed before getting up to go on a run when all of the sudden he felt something pop in his back and had a shooting pain down his legs.  He was in so much pain that it woke me up.  We had no idea what to do or what had happened either.  He has had back trouble in the past, but nothing like this.  He literally couldn’t get out of bed.  Finally, we managed to get him in a position in bed that was sorta comfortable.

After lots of online research, a phone call with an online doctor and texting with Austin’s friend that’s a doctor, we decided there really wasn’t much that could be done immediately and there wasn’t any real urgency to get him to the doctor.  We decided to try to keep him as comfortable as possible and deal with going to a doctor when he could move a little.  On top of that, we were in a TINY town.  The doctors come in from nearby cities only on certain days of the week.  The back doctor only comes once or twice a month! 

Leigh Does It All!

Three days later he still wasn’t able to get out of bed. It was now Saturday and we were going to have to move sites at the campground. Since we would have to pack up and move, we decided to go ahead and drive to the nearest city – Durango, CO. I was doing all of the chores that Austin usually does on departure day so we were Facetiming through a lot of it.  I felt great about things as I headed to Durango Urgent Care – I had smoked two chickens the night before, packed up the smoker, loaded up all four bicycles, put the shroud back on the air conditioner, hooked up the Jeep and dumped the tanks for the first time! 

The smoked chicken turned out great!

Austin still couldn’t move so he was in the bed while I drove.  I made it all of the way to the Urgent Care with no issue and was so proud of myself.  As I was parking at the office, all of the sudden I heard a loud BOOM!  I had hit a stupid low hanging tree limb.  I had been so focused on not getting too close to the car in front of me or blocking the driveway that I didn’t even see that limb above me that stuck out into the path of the RV.  UGH!

I went inside the Urgent Care and checked Austin in.  Luckily, he was able to stay in the bed in the RV until they were ready for him.  When it was his turn, I got a wheelchair and wheeled him in.  We talked to the doctor, had x rays (by the single RUDEST medical provider we have ever experienced) and left with no clear answer and a prescription for a steroid pack. 

Durango KOA

We managed to find a spot at a nearby KOA and set up camp.  This is our first KOA stay and it is definitely more expensive than we like to pay, but it was awesome.  The staff was incredible and so accommodating.  I can’t say enough good things about the people here! 

We settled in and I caught up on laundry while Austin started the steroid pack hoping for some pain relief.

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