Historic Arizona, breathtaking Arizona
Trip Start Aug 16, 2009
35Trip End Oct 11, 2009
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Arizona - we drive on the historic Route 66, then head into the hills. A breathtaking drive, a tight curve, and suddenly we find ourselves in Jerome, a tiny community clinging to the slope, its houses all vertically designed and its zigzagging streets careening past art galleries, restaurants, jewelry shops. A mining town - silver, gold, copper - in the mid-1800's, then a hippie hang-out, now a tourist stop. We loved Clarkdale, lots of 60's ambience, as we drive to visit the Tuzigoot ruins of the Sinagua people up on a hilltop. We set up camp near the Verde river, this beautiful valley has many historic sites we want to see. The Montezuma Castle, the misnomer rankles, is where we see the ruins of cliff dwellings, also Sinagua, and for balance we visit Camp Verde, an old army frontier post.