Ten months ago I made reservations at Dead Horse Ranch State Park for six of us (3 RVs) to spend a few days before our annual reunion. We follow Donnie and Anna out of the little park in Anthem, Arizona, and get set up a couple hours before Jimmy and Maggie arrive.
I make green chili stew and cornbread for our first dinner, and we watch the March Madness Final Four - a fun evening!
|Beautiful weather in nice size spaces.|
|Hanging out with friends - Anna, Donnie, Maggie, Bill and Jimmy.|
|Attempting to stay clean(er) - it's short lived.|
|Maggie remembers to grab a pic to start the day.|
|A beautiful home in the high desert.|
|Of course we all hang out in the kitchen.|
|Our unsuspecting hosts hiding in the back :-)|
Maggie hasn't been to Sedona, and it's been since she was in girl scouts that Anna's been here - so it's great fun to explore the beautiful red rock area with them. The guys are in Donnie's truck seeing the sights at a different pace. The weather is beautiful - warm with a little breeze. We meet up for lunch in town.
|Javelinas at the visitor center where we watch one of the worst information videos we've seen.|
|Anna and Bill take in the sights.|
|Maggie captures the Courthouse|
|Wildflowers sprinkled among the trees.|
|The line of cars to the cathedral takes nearly 30 minutes so we grab a pic from the road.|
Donnie and Anna leave on Tuesday so they can pick up family from Las Vegas on Wednesday morning. The rest of us spend the day visiting the nearby ruins, and making a late lunch stop in Cottonwood.
|The ruins at the top of the hill at Tuzigoot (so fun to say!) National Monument are beautiful.|
|Many small rooms surround the taller structure. Access was via ladders from the roof - including going from room to room.|
In nearby Camp Verde is the cliff dwelling of Montezuma's Castle. The first view is breathtaking!! Knowing this structure of 20-50 rooms was home to the Sinagua people for over 400 years makes it even more amazing. The community was abandoned in the late 1400s and was protected in 1906 as one of the original four national monuments.
|Access into the ruins was closed in 1951.|
|Beaver Creek was important to the community.|
|Old growth sycamores line the creek.|
|The dog sitters wait for Maggie and I in the shade.|
|We'll be back to this pretty place.|
There's still a lot of wind, even a few snow flurries in Flagstaff, but we make it safely to our next stop in Laughlin, Nevada.