Friday, August 26, 2016


Up early Friday morning = around 6:00. Again heavy gray clouds blocking the sun. Fresh raindrops on the windows. No wonder everything is so green here this year. Don’t think we’ve had one day out of the ten we’ve been here without rain.  Forecast for rain showers in the afternoon.
At 7:05 I looked out the window and saw this. Hardly a cloud in the sky and a big rainbow.
When Bill got up we went out to breakfast and to Wal*Mart then stopped at the Ranger Station and extended our stay for another week. We’ll have to move to a different space but at least won’t have to wonder about being on the road over the Labor Day weekend. Will cost us $99 for the extra week.
Well by 1:00 it was raining again. Rained off and on most of the afternoon. Sun is trying to come out just so it can set.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Rain and Crepes and TV

More rain last night and a lot of clouds this morning. Heavy enough last night we lost satellite connection for the TV. Pretty cool too. We decided to stay here another week. Have to go up to the Ranger Station and extend our stay. It will cost us $99 + tax for 7 more days. That way we won’t have to travel over Labor Day weekend.
We thought about going out to the Indian ruins out of Sedona this morning but the way it is clouding up decided to stay home and take care of a few things that need attending to – paying bills etc. Did go out to breakfast and wander around Fry’s grocery store a little. It looks like we will get rain again this afternoon. Seems to be the pattern for this month.
Yesterday when we were on the way to Montezuma Well we could see smoke coming from the Interstate.
Unfortunately it was a motorhome on fire. 
The fire was in the rear of it, flames coming out the roof. Don’t know what happened but didn’t appear any one was hurt. There was no car attached so if they had one they got it disconnected in time. Feel for them. South bound traffic was backed up at least 3 miles. Still backed up when we left the Well so we took a connecting road through the little town of Cornville.

Good thing we aren’t out wandering the desert. It is 12:30 and the clouds are now gray and I can hear thunder out there somewhere. So guess I’ll read a Travis McGee book. Our MiFi – Internet – is funny here down in the valley. Sometimes it works great other times I can’t even get it to light up. 
5 o'clock now and it has been raining off and on all afternoon. Sun never did come back out. 
Bill decided to make crepes. Mixing the batter. Took a while to find a bowl and the mixer. Now that we know where they are maybe we can remember next time we want to use them. 
Cooking the crepes using one of his handy dandy "as seen on TV" titanium copper bottom pans. 
 The crepe is in the air. He is good at flipping them. 
The stack of crepes with a can of dulce de leche. Caramel sauce we bought in Mexico. Spread the dulce de leche on the crepe, roll it and enjoy it. 
No dinner tonight, just crepes! And Andy Griffith reruns. And gentle rain drops on the roof. Who could ask for more. 
Egad - more thunder. 

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Visiting Montezuma's Castle and Well

Had a heck of a storm here last night. Could hear thunder for about a half hour then it started to rain. Wind came up and the rain got really heavy. Lots of lightning and thunder. In fact the rain was so heavy I thought it must be hail. So opened the door to check, nope just a whole lot of rain. Lasted about ½ hour. Then it really cooled down. This morning it was cool with bright sunny sky. So we headed out about 8:30.
Went to breakfast at Denny’s in Camp Verde. Cool Kokopelli– sign on the base says it is the largest in the world…
Then we drove over to Montezuma’s Castle National Monument. 
Been there many times before in the spring and fall, but never during the summer. Thank goodness Teddy Roosevelt had the foresight to save these lands. 
 Who lived here when. 
The dwelling. Way up there on the rock. By 1150 the Southern Sinagua began building large pueblos, often on hilltops or in cliff alcoves. 
 The different levels.

What a room might have looked like. 

Closer looks at different parts of the dwelling. One of the entrances with a block wall.
 Rocks covered with a plaster like substance.

 Looking in a window. 
There is a second building just down the path. It too had many rooms. Some information on it. 
 Looks like it was pretty big. 
 Looking at the cliff and what is left of the pueblo. 
A closer look at one of the doors. 
 Some ground floor rooms. 
Three o'clock in the afternoon and there is thunder and heavy rain again. The weather radio is going off with warnings. Every afternoon...Another look at Castle A  
 The river that gives the valley life. 
 A diorama of the castle.
 After visiting Montezuma's Castle we drove a little further north to Montezuma Well. 
 The dwelling built into the side of the well. 
 Looking down into the water/well. The well contains over 15 million gallons of water. 
 A closer look at the dwellings. 
Looking at the dwellings from the other side of the well. 

 By the time we headed home the clouds were starting to build. 
So we had a busy morning and another wet afternoon. At least it cools down every time it rains. Tomorrow another adventure.