Saturday – April 15 – Today was nice and sunny but there was a cool wind in Williams. We left there and drove about 120 miles to Holbrook and it is beautiful here and not as windy. We have checked into the OK RV Park for two days and will see if there is enough to see and do here to stay more than that.

I was just sitting here working on my blog and a local policeman stopped by to chat to John. A real nice fellow and he told us a few places to check out. We went into town after we got set up and it sure isn’t much, it actually seems like a very poor area. We found the local grocery store and got some veggies for tomorrow night and they had 5 12 packs of coke for $10 so John got stocked up again on his Zero Coke.

We want to spend tomorrow driving through the Painted Desert and Petrified Forest.
Friday – April 14 – Today is Good Friday but the weather here made it a bad Friday! We were going to leave Williams today but when we went out for dinner last night Steve said he had checked the weather and there were high wind warnings out for today so we decided to stay in Williams for another day. John worked on income tax and I did laundry and cleaning – a real exciting day. The weather report was right, it was really windy and quite cool.

Steve and Cheryl came over for the evening and we again had a few good games of euchre with the women being the overall winners. YES!!

I am behind in posting my blog as I am waiting for some pictures from John that he took on Thursday.
Thursday – April 13 – Steve and Cheryl picked us up about 10 this morning and we took the back road through to Perkinsville and Jerome. The first 25 miles were paved road then it turned into a gravel road which in spots was quite rough, but the scenery was absolutely gorgeous. Perkinsville doesn’t exist anymore, but there are lots of signs for it, the best we could find was the Perkinsville Ranch and an old cemetery with quite a few Perkins buried there – it was interesting reading the headstones. There were two girls who died very young in the early 1900’s and there were a few other graves which were obviously children’s graves going by the carved stone animals on them, but there were no head stones identifying who was buried there.

We had lunch in Jerome and wandered through a few stores then carried on to Prescott. The drive from Jerome to Prescott Valley was very mountainous and pretty, it is hard to believe one state has so many beautiful and interesting places. Prescott had a gorgeous square in the downtown with a couple of nice statutes and there were lots of interesting looking stores but by the time we got there it was getting late so we spent some time walking around the square but didn’t do any stores. It certainly rates another visit.

We came home another way and when we got back John and I went into town and got gas and a few groceries. Later the four of us went out for a Mexican dinner which was very good.
Prescott Town Square & Court House Posted by Picasa
Steve Missed This Guy Crossing the Road Posted by Picasa
Cut Through the Rocks Posted by Picasa
Gravel Road to Jerome Posted by Picasa
Another Beautiful View Posted by Picasa
Cemetery Near Perkinsville Posted by Picasa
Viw on Way to Jerome Posted by Picasa
Wild Turkeys Posted by Picasa
Our Trailer in Williams & A Full Moon Posted by Picasa
A Very Large Sycamore Tree Posted by Picasa
Cheryl, Steve & Gned the Gnome Posted by Picasa
Wednesday – April 12 – Today was another beautiful day so we went back to the Grand Canyon. We parked in the Village and took the Hermit’s Rest Route shuttle bus as this route is closed to private vehicles. There are a number of outlooks and you can get off and on the shuttle bus at any of the scheduled stops. There are so many magnificent views, the canyon is just so awesome.

Steve and Cheryl came over for a drink tonight and we had a few good games of euchre, a most enjoyable evening.
Canyon Wall Posted by Picasa
Colorado River Rapids Posted by Picasa
View of Colorado River Posted by Picasa
Tuesday – April 11 – Today was a gorgeous day, a far cry from yesterday. Steve & Cheryl picked us up about 9 and we headed south to Motezuma Well, which is a national site and very unusual. It is a sink hole which is about 55 feet deep, has a constant year round temperature of 75 degrees and is fed from springs in the bottom.and a small 150 foot cave at pond level allows water to drain out at the rate of 1100 gallons per minute. Montezuma Well provides a unique aquatic environment for plant and animal life and because of high concentrations of carbon dioxide there are no fish found at the well. We saw many very large turtles lying on rocks around the water and quite a few ducks. Apparently it is the end of the season for ducks but in March there are many different species stop at the well.

We left Montezuma Well and went on to Motezuma Castle which is a five-story, 20 room cliff dwelling nestled into a limestone recess high above Beaver Creek. It served as a "high-rise apartment building" for prehistoric Sinagua Indians over 600 years ago and is amazing. They used ladders to access the dwelling and also to move from level to level in the dwelling. It's not a castle and Montezuma was never there, nevertheless that is its name.

We then went on to Jerome, the old mining town built on Cleopatra Hill. When we were there last week we were too late to visit the shops, but we were earlier today so had a late lunch then wandered through the stores. It is a very artistic community and there are a lot of locally made items which were very interesting. We got home about 7:15 so another long day.

On the way back we saw two large herds of elk along the side of the interstate, dusk is a bad time around here for elk so we were thankful we saw them along the side and not on the interstate.
View from Jerome Posted by Picasa
Motezuma Castle Posted by Picasa
Cave Dwelling at Motezuma Well Posted by Picasa
Montezuma Well Posted by Picasa
Monday – April 10 – My, how the weather can change! Today was partly cloudy and very windy with a high in the high 50’s. We were listening to CBC Radio 1 this morning and I think it was warmer in Toronto today!

We were glad that we had planned for a quiet day today and the weather proved we made a good decision. I did laundry this morning then this afternoon we drove into Flagstaff and got the oil changed on the truck, did a trip to Wal Mart and the grocery store then back home. It was nice to have a fairly quiet day for a change and I was ready for it and John spent a fair bit of time working on his pictures. Now we are ready for another day of sightseeing tomorrow.
Sunday – April 9 – Today we did a train ride through Verde Canyon, the train leaves the Clarkdale station and goes to Perkinsville (wonder if the people who settled here are related to us) and back. It was another beautiful day and the train trip was great, with beautiful scenery. We decided to treat ourselves so went first class. The coach was an old stainless coach which has been totally redone and our seats were very comfy couches, with two facing each other and a large table in between. Included in the price were appetizers and a glass of champagne. Right behind our coach was an open viewing car with a canopy over top for shade and it was really needed as it was a warm sunny day. We went through a 680 foot man made tunnel and was it dark for about 60 seconds, you couldn’t see a thing. The canyon is home to the bald eagle and there was a nest with two babies in it and we could see the eagles flying around.

We had met a couple from B.C. at Blake Ranch RV Park in Kingman who also moved on to this park and they were doing the train trip also today so we went together. Steve drove and we went back through Oak Creek Canyon and through Sedona. In Sedona we stopped at the chapel built in the rocks and also saw a few other places which we haven’t seen yet. All in all it was a great day.
San Francisco Mountains Posted by Picasa
Painted Desert in Distance Posted by Picasa
Front of Train Posted by Picasa
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Perkinsville Posted by Picasa
Chappel in Rocks at Sedona Posted by Picasa
Saturday – April 8 – Today was another beautiful day weather wise and another interesting day touring wise. We started out by visiting Walnut Canyon which is a National Park and contains cliff dwellings built by the Sinagua over 900 years ago.

As the park ranger said, to see the cliff dwellings you have to descend into the canyon and it is 244 steps down, and also 244 steps up! Off we went and the walk down wasn’t too bad, there are a few spots where there are benches if you need a rest, but I didn’t need to use them on the way down.

The Sinagua people used the overhangs on the cliffs to build their pueblos and built walls to divide these overhangs into separate rooms. The walk was along the cliff ledge and you traveled from Canada to Mexico on the walk in terms of climate and vegetation, from large pine trees to desert areas. We also saw a number of large eagles flying over the canyon. Having a large fear of heights I found the walk very nerve racking as well as very interesting and just can’t imagine these people hundreds of years ago traversing up and down the sides of the canyons. The walk up was okay and we stopped to rest a few times so made it up and down quite easily. I thought I had had my exercise for at least the next 5 days. Not quite!

After Walnut Canyon we went to Sunset Crater. Sunset Crater was created by a volcano over 900 years ago and is 1000 feet high and looks something like a perpetual sunset. It was interesting to see the sides of the crater all black from the lava and there were extremely large pieces of lava rock from the volcano. We did a .5 km walk to look at the lava rock and the side of the crater. The side of the crater is basically bare as very little grows on the lava.

There is a 34 mile loop drive from Sunset Crater to Wupatki which is another pueblo ruin built during the 11th and 13th centuries. Along this drive there were wonderful views of the Painted Desert, it is just unbelievable the different landscapes we can see in one day. The Wupatki pueblo was totally different from Walnut Canyon but very interesting also. To get there was a bit of a walk but at least it wasn’t down the side of a canyon! At this point I decided I had had my exercise for the next week.

We got home after 7, had dinner and were in bed early as we were very tired.
Ball Park at Wupatki Pueblo Posted by Picasa