|These are the only remaining buildings from Fort Verde.|
From here we drove a short distance along I-17 North and passed a campground that's worth a photo as it is so much like most of the desert campgrounds but could be easily photographed as others are not.
|Not our campground, but a typical one along the highway in the desert. |
I took this picture just because it was easy to get a shot of the whole thing.
|This is typical of most roadside scenery. Taken along I-17 too. |
|The breeze was so stiff, I had to pull my hat down tightly onto my head. |
That's Montezuma Well behind and below.
From here we really didn't realize just what was in store for us but drove on along Highway 179 into Oak Creek Canyon heading into Sedona. We entered the Coconino National Forest. This is a steep, narrow, colorful gorge and it is the second most visited area in Arizona. Suddenly we rounded a curve and saw the beautiful deep red mountains. What a site!
|This part of the highway becomes known as "Red Rock Scenic Road"|
|I hope these pictures show the beautiful, deep colors of the landscape.|
|Bell Rock is just to the left of the flag pole.|
|Looks like we have a new "facebook profile photo" here...|
|The towns here are as clean as a pin. |
That's the bell rock to the left of the roadway.
This area is simply beautiful.
|My closest photo of Bell Rock.|
|More beautiful rock formations...|
|Still more photos to take....|
We came into Sedona, Arizona, situated at the southern end of Oak Creek Canyon. Here the cliffs open and provide a base for exploring the area. There is much to explore here, including other canyons and an extensive, scenic red rock wilderness in every direction. We were surprised at the beauty of this town.
|At 4500 feet, the air was surprisingly warm. |
Really dry but warm.
|Buildings blend into the scenery like this one. |
You hardly notice most of them.
|I don't know the name of the blooming tree.|
From Sedona, we took Highway 89A southwest to Cottonwood where we were unimpressed with Old Town Cottonwood. There was nothing there except tourist trap antique shops.
At the end of the day, we were exhausted and exhilirated at what we'd found. We stopped for a quick burger and headed back to Camp Verde. Lexie was a tired dog and fell asleep in my lap -- again.
|Wearing her cute little desert halter vest.|
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