It was a quick 80 mile drive to Camp Verde from Phoenix along I-17. We did climb a few grades and then come down a few and the Mothership handled them beautifully. The scenery changed as we left the Sonoran Desert and went over the mountain range and down to the Verde Valley. We are still in desert but there is a lot more greenery. The elevation is about 2,000 feet higher here than in Phoenix. The high temperatures while we are here are forecast to be in the low 90s with the lows in the mid 40s - quite a range of temps. We are staying at the Krazy K RV Park which is a very nice, small park with 50 amp full hookups, good WiFi and Verizon. We also have a clear shot to the satellite.
Friday we did the Red Rock country. First to Sedona to see the Chapel of the Holy Cross
which is built into the side of the mountain. Then to Red Rock State Park where we viewed a great video on the Sedona area, watched some hummingbirds for awhile and walked a short trail alongside a flowing creek. Next we headed back deep in the hills on gravel roads to see the ruins and petroglyphs at Palatki
Heritage sites where we walked a couple more miles accessing the sites. The roads were not as bad as Big Bend but did require going 5-10 mph at times to avoid damage to the suspension. We then drove back through Sedona and on up the Oak Creek Canyon scenic drive to the South side of Flagstaff. The drive was beautiful but hard to take pictures at the bottom of a canyon doing 40-50 mph!
Saturday, Mickey and Lonnie came up and we toured the ancient Sinagua ruins of Montezuma Castle
, Montezuma Well
National Monuments as well as a visit to Jerome, AZ
, an old copper mining town turned tourist trap. Besides touring it was a chance to see Lonnie and Mickey again before we leave the area so it was a double whammy for us. Many pictures are included.
Monday we went to Out of Africa
. It was windy and very cool but we still had a great time. The park has some very nice specimens and the Tiger Splash was fun to watch. These are untrained tigers they just try to get to play with them and the blow-up toys they use.
Tuesday we just stayed around the Mothership doing a little cleanup and trying to get some of the rest of the trip planned. Tomorrow we head for four nights at the Grand Canyon South Rim.