Friday morning dawned cold and windy with rain in the forecast for the lower elevations, snow for the higher elevations. This sight greeted us as we drove out the driveway:
Rain clouds on their way!
The cloud shadows played on the Whetstone mountains.
One of the ugliest cars I have seen in quite some time!
The wind was kicking up dust north of Tucson. The stretch from Tucson to Phoenix can sometimes be quite dangerous in the winter without crops on the irrigated portions of the desert. Often there are delays due to accidents caused by dust storms, some so severe that you cannot see a thing in front of your car.
A Palo Verde tree in blossom at the rest area along I-10 just south of Phoenix.
Saguaro cacti on a hillside north of Phoenix.
Looking east out over the Prescott National Forest. So many of the National Forests in Arizona have nothing to do with trees!
Our first glimpse of the Verde River Valley as we begin our descent into Camp Verde.
The green is the Verde River.
A mural along the side of a building in Old Town Cottonwood. Old Town Cottonwood was a curious section of town, with quaint shops, restaurants and artistic ventures. It’s only two blocks long, but full of history as many movies had scenes filmed there, including a scene from Kenny Roger’s movie “The Gambler”.
Nic’s Italian Steak and Crab house, in Old Town Cottonwood, where we had a most delicious supper.
Tomorrow I hope to post some pictures of our ride on the Verde Canyon Railroad. I only have 500 pictures to sort through for that day!