We were in our fifth state and were traveling about
1,400 years into the past. The world we entered had elaborate stone
communities built in the alcoves of canyon walls. The ancient people who
lived and built these massive stone structures were the Ancestral
The structures that stand today are 95% original
materials. Think about that for a second. These homes, made of
sandstone, dirt and water, have lasted 600 to 700 years. Imagine a home
built today standing up to that test of time. These dwellings not only
represent beauty and skill, but the ingenious builders and advanced
technology of the people who lived in them.
This vigorous civilization was truly impressive. I
believe the Mesa Verde National Park must be one of the finest
expressions of human culture in North America. Mesa Verde is a testimony
of the wonders and mysteries of the Ancient Puebloans.
As we wound our way through the mountain pass, I found
myself in awe of our nation. There is so much to see and discover. Just
yesterday, I stood on the rim of the Grand Canyon. Today, I walked
through the ancient ruins of a lost civilization. Incredible! This
journey has simply been incredible.