Yes, it was a fun trip into the park ... to try out Sandy's new camera. As she said, it's nice that Mesa Verde is so near by with all it's views, wonders and diverse photo opportunities.
It was a clear day and, by midday, we could feel the warmth of the sun as we stood in it (though our hands got cold on the cameras). There was some haze in the distance, and plenty of pollution spewing into the air south of the park, but near views were quite clear.
While we were standing at the Mancos Overlook, enjoying the views of the La Platas and the northern San Juans, I noticed hoodoos (dirt/rock columns with capstones) below the entrance road that I had never seen before.
The light made the ruins blend in with the sandstone cliffs behind them in an odd way.
The park was relatively quiet, with very few other visitors around ... pretty standard for this time of year. The quiet disappeared when a group of BYU coeds appeared, on their way to Albuquerque for a meeting. There were not especially noisy and were well-behaved, but not the same as when you're the only ones around. tv
PS: For information on digital recording and presentation of sites at Mesa Verde NP, visit the CyArk Web site: http://archive.cyark.org/mesa-verde-info