Today, the kids are headed toward the Four Corners of the United States. Here’s what Wiki says about this area:
The Four Corners marks the quadripoint in the Southwestern United States where the states of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah meet. It is the only point in the United States shared by four states, leading to this area’s being called the Four Corners region. The monument also marks the boundary between two semi-autonomous Native American governments, the Navajo Nation, which maintains the monument as a tourist attraction, and the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe Reservation.
The origins of the state boundaries marked by the monument occurred just prior to, and during the American Civil War, when the United States Congress acted to form governments in the area to combat the spread of slavery to the region. When the early territories were formed, their boundaries were designated along meridian and parallel lines. Beginning in the 1860s these lines were surveyed and marked. These early surveys included some errors, but even so the markers placed became the legal boundaries, superseding the written descriptions of geographical meridians and parallels.
On the way to the Four Corners from Leadville, where they spent the night, they plan to visit The Dunes (lots of sand) and Mesa Verde (Pueblo structures and thousands of archeological artifacts) National Parks. They spent yesterday resting in Leadville, which bills itself as the two-mile high city (Denver is only one mile high). They told me they were tired and thought the thin air (lower oxygen content) was responsible.
Below are some of the photos of the Leadville municipality, and the girls, who managed to find coffee.