March 1 – 14, 2019
I proudly told everyone we met that we’d be spending the whole month of March in Sedona, Arizona. A month in one place sounded too long, though, so I broke it up with a two week stay 30 miles south followed by two weeks actually in Sedona. Let’s just say 30 miles south of Sedona is NOT Sedona.
Camp Verde wasn’t without it’s appeal. We did find some places to eat and Pat found the elusive oil cap replacement at the auto parts store. Plus we’re now professional roundabout drivers. (Two roundabouts to Camp Verde and six to Cottonwood in the other direction) We’re back in a tight spot in a private campground, but the people are friendly and we can get our Amazon Prime delivery fix. Plus I only have to walk 20 yards to the very affordable laundry, and Jackson has a dog park practically all to himself. Now if we could just keep our revolving door of neighbors from cutting through our site….
Arizona Copper Art Museum
When we first arrived, we had a few grumpy weather days so our friends Linda & Henry suggested we meet up for lunch and go to the nearby copper museum in Clarkdale. See that big copper shape of the great state of Arizona?
Upon closer inspection we discovered it was made entirely out of pennies!
A fascinating place with copper everything paying homage to local copper mining and smelting. They had the museum organized by types of things. Cookware, where I saw what resembled my mom’s RevereWare copper bottom pots, trench art made from empty copper artillery shells, lots of home decor, and even musical records. The copper master records (or LPs for those of you of a certain age) are used for mass producing vinyl. In the ladies’ room, I couldn’t resist the “mirror, mirror on the wall” shot. I didn’t realize until I looked at the photo that they have the word copper showing up in the mirror.
Montezuma Castle & Well
We’re back sightseeing with Linda & Henry, this time to Montezuma’s Castle National Monument. It was a chance to see some of the best preserved cliff dwellings in North America says the National Park Service. It was also our chance to renew our national park pass for another year.
The water in nearby Beaver Creek was racing along fueled by snow melt.
We loved the texture and patterns in the Arizona Sycamore tree bark. Almost camouflage.
Next stop, Montezuma Well National Monument. This spot is advertised as tranquil in the NPS brochure and we all agreed it was a peaceful spot. More cliff dwellings, a variety of birds swimming in the water and shade trees leading down to the water.
A constant supply of spring water flows into the well and the temperature can be up to 20 degrees cooler down by the water.
Dead Horse Ranch State Park
Linda & Henry camped at Dead Horse Ranch State Park, so we visited them for cards and hiking.
We’re all trying to find the historic kiln on the trail at Dead Horse SP. We looked and we looked, but never found it.
In this area just outside of Cottonwood, we’re just starting to see some of the red rocks.
Back in the campground, we disturbed this fellow fishing for his dinner around the ponds. He’s doing his best to ignore us.
But the most fun of the day was the kids’ playground complete with a zipline of sorts. I’d never seen anything quite like it. Such fun and we all took a turn or two. We got together with Linda & Henry a few more times for cribbage and dinner until they left us to fly back to Maine for a while.
Jerome and Mingus Mountain
Jerome, Arizona is another mountainside mining town turned tourist haven. It’s perched on the hillside with expansive views of the Verde Valley.
Looking out on the valley with the mine tailings in the foreground and the silver smelter smokestack in the distance.
A zoomed in shot to capture those snow-capped mountains. They’ve had a ton of snow this season.
Some of the buildings are just shells, but I do like the derelict look. People leave locks on the iron fencing. And down below they have two toilets set up like wishing wells so you can toss coins. Pat tried his had, but couldn’t make it in the bowl. And Spring is sprung with the trees starting to bloom.
My favorite building chunk and home to a glass-blowing studio.
We strolled around town looking into the artsy shops. Of course strolling this town involves leaning forward and backwards to make it up and down the steep hills. You’ll be setting your parking break here.
On another day, we went back through Jerome and took the scenic drive to the top of Mingus Mountain.
Quite the stunner of an overlook. We were treated to snow showers in the distance and some flurries on us, too.
Pat took a picture for a nice Canadian gentleman and he returned the favor for us.
Another installment of where the pavement ends and I thought I might have gotten us into trouble on this road. Not only did the pavement end, but it got muddy followed by icy. “Go slow” Pat says so that’s what I did.
The other side road was paved, but we knew better than to head any farther. The only way for us is back down.
That’s about it for almost Sedona. We read books and watched movies during the rainy days and Pat had a low-key birthday here, too.
Next Up – The real Sedona! See you on the way.