We have been on three excursions in the past few days.
Time here at Ft. Verde seems to be going by quickly. Cyndy and I have begun talks via telephone about plans for our combined trip to Rocky Mountain National Park over the July 4th holiday, so we feel we should make sure we see all we want while here in central AZ.
Last Sunday we went to a National Forest site called the “V-V” (that’s V-bar-V). The V Bar V Heritage Site is the largest known petroglyph (rock art) site in the Verde Valley, and one of the best-preserved. The site consists of 1,032 petroglyphs. The vast majority of images were created by the Sinagua from about 900 AD until about 1350 AD. I just had to add the picture of the old fireplace on the V-V Homestead. Whenever I see a fireplace like this, I can't help but start to think of the cabin I could build around it.
Today we visited two areas:
1. The Mogollon Rim. It is part of the General Crook Trail built by US Infantry based in Ft. Verde during the Indian Wars 1871 – 1891. I had traveled about 40 miles of it before, but took Emily today and we traveled about 20 miles. (both are one way). The views are spectacular to say the least. Pictures do it no justice. It overlooks the Tonto Basin. Just stunning. Elevation of 9,000 feet and 39 degrees at noon. Almost all of it in 4 W/D high range, low gear. I think Emily has had enough of back-country Jeep trails!!!! ;-(
2. Tonto Bridge State Park. The largest natural travertine bridge in the world. It is 183’ high, over 400’ long, and 150’ wide. Em hiked to the bottom and said it is one of the best hikes she has ever been on. I stood guard over the Jeep in the parking lot…you know…just in case.