Ron and I decided to get out of Dodge (or Mesa) for a couple of weeks. Although the weather is getting cooler, it's still in the 90's so we headed up to 4000 feet around the Cottonwood/Sedona area. Ahhh, it's about 10 degrees cooler.
We're parked on National Forest land midway between the two towns (off 89A, along 89B, for those who are interested.) Here is the view out our front window.
Farther along 89B is one of the most gorgeous parking spots ever, but unfortunately, somebody is in it! How dare they?
But that's okay, we get the entertainment of watching the cattle come to the water tanks. ('No Hunting' - yeah, I guess!)
They're not exactly Texas Longhorns, maybe these are the lesser-known Arizona Longhorns.
Look at this poor guy. I wonder how that happened.
This is a popular area for ballooning. I took this out the window one morning.
We visited the nearby Tuzigoot National Monument where the Sinagua built on this hill about 1000AD. These ruins have been 'stabilized' which basically means 'rebuilt'. I'm torn on my opinion of this process. What we're seeing is not original, but a pile of rocks wouldn't be nearly as cool looking.
From the roof of the highest room, you can see that they expanded down the hill as they needed more room. You can also see some of the surrounding fields and the Verdi river. This seems to be a perfect spot for an agricultural community. Like so many other such places we have seen, the Sinagua inexplicably left this place in the early 1400's. At its peak, the site housed perhaps 250 people in its 110 rooms.
We also visited the fanciful town of Jerome for a nice lunch. Jerome began as a copper mining town in 1876, but is now mostly know for tourists. It hangs on the side of a mountain with some interesting hairpin turns in the road passing through. Don't try driving it in an RV (like our friend John did.)
Actually this is not one of the hairpin turns since both roads are one way, but just an example of the multi-level town.
We ended with an evening stroll up our little gravel road.