Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado – Day 3

Yesterday was our second full day of exploration in this huge national park. We drove our Ford Bronco II the about 50 miles round-trip and explored the eastern-most of the two “legs” into the park…Chapin Mesa. First stop was at the museum and then to Cliff Palace…at 150 rooms…the largest cliff dwelling in the park.

Here’s the official government website link…

and a Wikipedia informational link…

Under terrible photography conditions…brilliant sunshine and dark shadows…we ventured forth.

As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view…

Here are some photos that I took…

To see the other 79 photos that I took, click this link…

During our outing yesterday, I started feeling a little weary. I believe it was from over-doing things the day before. It’s hard for me to remember the terrible accident occurred just 15 days ago and that it will take a little while yet before I’m completely healed. Pains in my chest and a shortness of breath (accident related) limited our outing yesterday. I really should not be out climbing up and down mountainsides,,,especially at 7,000+ feet elevation…quite yet.

It’s  been 15 days since the accident during which I took a severe hit to my right rib cage. The rib cage is still quite swollen, tender and sore. With absolutely no warning I’m still subject to a stabbing-like pain. Not as bad as the first few days which felt like a sharp knife. Now it feels like a dull knife! Any burp, sneeze, cough, turning or bending over motion can bring it on. I’m still wrapping my chest daily with the elastic bandage which I remove 2-3 times a day to ice the swollen area for 20 minutes. I remove the elastic bandage for sleeping. Still taking my pain medication, but at a reduced dosage. I’m trying to stretch out my dwindling supply hoping not to run out of medication before I run out of pain.  Moving slowly seems to be the best way to minimize the pain attacks.

Today we’ll move on to Durango, Colorado.

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2012
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One thought on “Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado – Day 3

  1. Frank Shearer

    The two of you continue to amaze me. Keep on truckin Jim, maybe a little bit slower for awhile. Regards, Frank Shearer

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