Montezuma's Castle & Sedona, AZ - 03/16/2012

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Flowers for Aunt Agnes

We went to see Aunt Agnes this morning for one more hug and to say goodbye.  She was asleep by the time we got back from dinner, so we waited to make sure we could see her before we left Phoenix.

Teeter-totter fun

We stopped at a tiny little town to fill up on fuel, water, propane, and empty the tanks.  It had a little playground that the kids had fun with.

Montezuma's Castle

We are headed to the Grand Canyon, but there is a lot to see on the way.  Our first stop is Montezuma's Castle near Camp Verde, Arizona.  These well-preserved cliff dwellings were built around 700 A.D. by the Sinagua people.  European explorers mistakenly thought these dwellings were built by the Aztec ruler Montezuma II, hence the name's origin.

Beaver Creek that runs by Montezuma's Castle

These cliff dwellings are amazing.  The national park also has small models showing what the inside of the rooms look like, and what each room and position in the dwellings were for.  The Beaver Creek flows past the castle, and the area is beautiful.  We really enjoyed our time there.

Red Rocks of Sedona

From Montezuma's Castle, we drove up through Sedona.  Sedona is known for its beautiful red sandstone formations, known as the Red Rocks of Sedona.  It is a place for hiking, relaxation, and for many others,  spiritual renewal.  We took this off-the-interstate route for the beauty.

Chapel of the Holy Cross

Located in Sedona is the Chapel of the Holy Cross.  The chapel is a beautifully designed Catholic chapel built into the side of a mesa.  Although Catholic in faith, all are welcomed.  We made the steep 1/4 mile climb up to the chapel.  It was a paved road, but RVs weren't allowed in, so we had to park further out and walk.  It was WELL worth the walk.  We took time to pray and enjoy the quiet beauty.

Once we headed out of the chapel, we continued our drive towards the Grand Canyon.  Instead of turning back and going the way we came in to go to the interstate, we continued forward.  What a mountain.  There were more hairpin turns with no shoulder than I ever care to see again.  I took a screen shot of the map.  Yikes!

I thought I might be sick!

We pulled into Flagstaff for the night.  I have had a massive earache all day, so a visit to urgent care may be in the works tomorrow morning before we head out.

Tomorrow is the Grand Canyon!!

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