Montezuma/ Tuzigoot National Monument.

Located in the Verde Valley, the two monuments reveal what past life was like for these ancient occupants. Built 100 ft. above the valley floor sometime between 1100 – 1300 AD. , Montezuma Castle was a five-story, 20 room dwelling.

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 Tuzigoot ( Apache for crooked water ) is a village built sometime between 1000-1400 AD. It sits on a mound rising 120 ft. above the valley. Containing 87 different rooms, entry was made by ladders through openings in the roof. Towering two stories high, these dwellings housed hundreds of families throughout time.

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We returned to Sedona for a second visit. Not only is it known for the beautiful scenery, Sedona has long been regarded sacred by the Native Americans. Such places with centers of energy are called vortexes. We hiked the Airport Mesa and saw first hand the twisted pine trees caused by the powerful vortex energy.

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I think I felt the energy of the vortex, or maybe it was just my legs falling asleep!

 

 

 Tapping into the energy, I was looking for my inner-self. ( Not sure I found it! )

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We had a great time here, taking in the beautiful scenery and spiritual energy!

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We are heading to Tuscan then Benson tomorrow, excited to explore that area. Thanks for following us! Keep the comments coming, we love hearing from everyone!

Grand Canyon National Park

This time of year, only the south rim is open. So, we began our visit at the Grand Canyon Visitor Center. From there, we walked the rim trail to the village 2.1 miles away, stopping at the geology museum. It’s incredible to see first hand one of the most spectacular examples of erosion anywhere in the world!

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The temp. was chilly, but we had a great time exploring the area.  Notice the snow?

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Trying to capture the enormous scale and beauty of the canyon with a camera is difficult.

Some of the buildings on the rim of the canyon are registered historical landmarks

After spending all day soaking up the beautiful canyon views, the sunset cast its shadows and colors on the ancient rocks.

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“Leave it as is. You cannot improve on it. The ages have been at work on it, and man can only mar it. What you can do is to keep it for your children, your children’s children, and for all who come after you, as the one great sight which every American… should see.”    Theodore Roosevelt

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Sedona, AZ.

On our way to Sedona, we stopped to check out a little town called Jerome, Az. It’s known for the rich deposits of copper discovered there in 1876. Now, the town boasts art galleries, wineries, coffee houses and restaurants. Thanks Tim, for the suggestion to visit this cool little town!

 The mines in this area produced nearly 33 million tons of copper, gold, silver, lead, and zinc.

Sedona is known for it’s beautiful, red sandstone formations. The red rocks and canyons are really cool to hike around.

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Wilson Canyon Trail was a nice, 3 mile round trip hike. The weather was perfect!

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We visited the Chapel of the Holy Cross. It was built on a 1000 ft. redrock cliff.

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We had a great time in Sedona. We’ll definitely return for another visit!

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Prescott, AZ.

 Happy New Year! We are in the Prescott area for the month of January, so we have lots of exciting day trips planned!  The weather here has been a bit cooler than in Phoenix, with daytime temps getting in the 50-60’s during the day. Not bad, but when the sun goes down, boy you know it!

We are camping at Point Of Rocks C.G. It’s conviently located near Watson Lake and the Granite Dells. The hiking trails and biking paths seem endless! We hiked around Watson lake, which ended up being a 5.5 mile hike. Lots and lots of granite boulders to climb.IMG_9880

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In Prescott there’s a bar called the Palace Saloon. It was the finest bar on Whiskey Row, until the Great Fire of 1900. Patrons so loved the bar, they picked it up and carried it across the street to the courthouse plaza then continued to drink while the fire destroyed the town. We stopped in and had a quick one!

We are heading to Sedona, Az. and the Grand Canyon, so stay tuned !!!!!!!!