The End of the Road for Winter 2014

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March 31st 2014
Published: March 31st 2014
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Mark and I on top of the Arch at the end of a steep trail.
This will be the last blog for our winter trip this year. It has been a another great adventure that started near the ocean at Gulf Shores State Park in Alabama and is ending at one of our favorite parks in the high desert of Arizona , Dead Horse Ranch State Park in Cottonwood. The name of this park has a story that goes back to the 1940's when the Ireys family was looking for ranch property to buy. After many days of seeing different properties Mr. Ireys asked the family which property did they think was best. The kids said the one with the dead horse, and the name stuck. In 1973 Arizona State Parks acquired the property on the condition that the name stay the same.

Our stay at Dead Horse was made even better when Mark came to visit. He is not one to sit still for long and we did a lot of hiking together and explored new areas and revisited some of our favorites. I'll let the pictures tell you about the places we visited. Ron and Mark did take a day to rent ATV's and drive around the
Red Rock State Park, ArizonaRed Rock State Park, ArizonaRed Rock State Park, Arizona

At the top of Eagle's nest trail
beautiful red rock area of Sedona. They had a great time off roading even when a dust devil caught them by surprise and they were pelleted by the sand and rocks it was carrying in its rotation. Mark also saw his first dust storm and said he could check that off his bucket list. We were so glad to spend time with him.

We are heading home ourselves now and Kris has turn on the water and the heat at the house. Ed has shoveled away the last of the snow drifts so we can use the sidewalk. Kris did send us a picture of the still solidily frozen lake - it will be nice to watch it thaw this year.

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Walnut Canyon National MonumentWalnut Canyon National Monument
Walnut Canyon National Monument

That canyon floor is way down there, but the river that used to flow there was diverted for irrigation in the 1940's
Walnut Canyon cliff dwellingsWalnut Canyon cliff dwellings
Walnut Canyon cliff dwellings

An artist's rendering and the next picture is today's reality
cliff dwellings used 8,000 years agocliff dwellings used 8,000 years ago
cliff dwellings used 8,000 years ago

The dwellings were protected by overhanging cliffs for the Sinagua people who lived here
Sinagua Cliff dwellings Sinagua Cliff dwellings
Sinagua Cliff dwellings

Archeologists believe that it was the women who built the homes. The walls were limestone blocks cemented together with clay found elsewhere in the canyon
Wupatki RuinsWupatki Ruins
Wupatki Ruins

Recreation of the pueblo
Sunset CarterSunset Carter
Sunset Carter

Last eruption was 900 years ago - still a barren landscape
Look CloseLook Close
Look Close

Machine gun rentals available in Cottonwood
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glauberite pseudo morph

Collecting 2 buckets full. Morph or not they are still way cool to collect
Sedona Road Trip Sedona Road Trip
Sedona Road Trip

Mark going where Ron wouldn't follow - too edgy!

31st March 2014

Thank you both very much and welcome home. TD-AMNWD
1st April 2014

Cool cliff dwellings! Are they near Sedona? I want so badly to go out there...maybe I need to buy a lottery ticket.
2nd April 2014

Walnut canyon is by flagstaff .there are lots by sedona too
4th April 2014

Beautiful adventure
Thank you so much for sharing such interesting places we will never see, these were so well described too. I don't know what pseudo morph is and why you would collect it.

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