John & Anne Wiley

2014/04/23

New Page

The first time we flew into Page, this place was unknown to us. Page is new for us because we’ve seen it from “both sides now,” as Joni once sang.

8571 Slot Top

8571 Slot Top

Climbing out of Page headed for Cortez over the slot canyon named Antelope, we saw the very stairs we entered it from (just right of the fork at upper left).

We also turned a new page this morning in Cortez, as we bid a warm farewell to our fellow explorers. I’ll fill in more about the time in between (slow internet prevented that before now). But for now here are some pix as they discovered the joys of Mesa Verde.

9213 Into the Past

9213 Into the Past

Some people who saw us all together seemed to wonder (tho none asked) if we were their grandparents. We sure felt so ourselves at times, yet other times it was as though we were the age of the kids. Most times it seemed to me we were Zubair and Momina’s age, though I doubt they felt any of these illusions. For us it was a journey into our own family past, and a glimpse of the future when new families will walk where we once did.

9240 Face Book

9240 Face Book

Sometimes I’ve not been able to read the often impishly smiling face of Zain, but here in these ancient ruins his awe and fascination were clear. He avidly interrogated the exceptionally knowledgeable, friendly, patient and frankly magical ranger we’ve ever met. I recall thinking, “This kid’s going to be a scientist.” Makes sense, because his engineer dad has an insatiable curiosity.

9242 Like Father

9242 Like Father…

We have many other pix of this family we love so dearly, but here’s perhaps my fave of the many reviewed so far. You can see the tenderness in Anne’s touch as they pause pose for a moment immersed in time, on the stairway to heaven in an ancient Kiva.

9278 Generation Bridge

9278 Generation Bridge

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