We begin our journey north to Cottonwood, Arizona. The landscape is painted with desert flowers. We're at one of our favorite Thousand Trails RV resorts. As often as we've been here we still find new places to visit.
The Chapel of the Holy Cross was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. It is a Catholic church; however it welcomes visitors of all faiths. Built into the red rock landscape of Sedona, visiting it is a very spiritual experience. While taking the short hike to the entrance we saw a rock climber way up high on the face of adjoining rocks. I bet the view from the top is outstanding!
It is good to meet up with old friends. Happy to see our friend Kat, who has rebounded after losing her husband. A bonus for us are her two mini-beagles, Susie and Buddy.
There is pickleball here with many TT gold, silver and bronze winners from the Seaside, Oregon tournament last year. Fortunately, there are also people at my skill level. HA! Tom recently found out his breathing problem is asthma (could have been worse.) He is trying out an inhaler and not playing pickleball. Walking the park's mountain hills
provides him plenty of exercise.
Cottonwood is rich in Indian history. We took a jeep tour of the Hananki and Sanagua ruins. The pictographs are similar to what we've seen across the Southwest. What is curious is that they represent the culture here around 1100-1400 A.D. The same time Michaelangelo produced his works. The contrast leaves us speechless.
We'll be here through May, get Tom's scripts renewed and then move another 4,000' up in elevation for a cool summer. We were thankful that our marathon-running daughter was not in Boston during the horrific bombings. She and her husband made the trek the following week for our granddaughter's every-six-month visit to Boston Childrens Hospital. Good news also is that Megan may not have many more of these trips ahead of her.
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