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Verde River Valley – Ancient Indian Homes – 365 – 106

Verde Canyon Railroad Excursion Part Two

There were several ancient Indian ruins pointed out to us along our train trip down the Verde Canyon. The first were early in our trip and I did not get a good picture of those. They were difficult to see because they were newer and built along the canyon ledges and did not stand the test of passing time very well. But deeper into the valley were some caves that ancient peoples had dug out and used for homes.

ancient Indian home

You can see the entrance to one cave about mid-way up the red rock, close to where the nearer rock formation curves against the red rock.

Here’s a zoomed view:

ancient Indian home

The narration on the train told that this cave was dug out from the inside so that it was three stories high. And the people using the cave for their home then dug out smoke holes much farther down the rock so that there would be no smoke coming out of their entrance, thus making it a much safer home.

smoke holes

It’s hard to see the smoke vent holes in this picture, but there are two there, up high in the rock.

The second ancient Indian home pointed out was closer to the end of the valley and much lower in the rocks than the first cave.

ancient Indian home

Isn’t this a pretty valley in which to live? You can see the cave openings on the left side of the rocks.

ancient Indian home

And a close up view. It is just below these rocks that the canyon opens up into Perkinsville valley. I suspect because the valley is wider here, there was less danger of flooding so they could live lower in the rocks, closer to the river. Or maybe they just used it for a summer home. What do you think?

Trip to Cottonwood – 365 – 104

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:

The Huachuca Mountains

Rain clouds on their way!

The Whetstone Mountains

The cloud shadows played on the Whetstone mountains.

ugly car

One of the ugliest cars I have seen in quite some time!

dust storm

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.

dust blowing in the desert

Palo Verde tree

A Palo Verde tree in blossom at the rest area along I-10 just south of Phoenix.

saguaro cacti

Saguaro cacti on a hillside north of Phoenix.

Prescott National Forest

Looking east out over the Prescott National Forest. So many of the National Forests in Arizona have nothing to do with trees!

Verde River Valley

Our first glimpse of the Verde River Valley as we begin our descent into Camp Verde.

Camp Verde

The green is the Verde River.

mural in Old Town Cottonwood

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

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!