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!


  1. Tracy

    I love the clouds.

  2. Kristal

    Some nice shots!

  3. Missus Wookie

    Interesting that a national forest doesn’t have trees!

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