. Unfortunately, the new interpretative center won't be open until May, so we only visited a trailer where a nice Ranger Guy told us that there was no fee to visit. A good thing. Lynn has been driving the Subaru around, making up for my time at of the wheel of "Shorty", our beloved home on wheels. She is doing a great job, but figured today that she knew better than the GPS about how to get us back home. Nicht! After ignoring many commands of "make a U turn", she relented and backtracked the five or so miles to where we were finally on course again. The Irish! As a mild mannered Scot-Frenchman, I would have surely obeyed the voice in the machine and gone along home with little effort. I did NOT harass her, however, but laughed a bit when she relented. We were actually looking for the Cliff Castle Casino, back in Camp Verde. We eventually found it and had lunch there. We HAD to gamble a bit, of course. It cost $25 to get into the Three Card Poker game, so Lynn played the "slotless slots" a bit. You can no longer use coins, but must use paper money, so no slots, no more. I came out two dollars ahead and Lynn about even. It was fun though. They were smoking there, but thanks to my nasal deficiency, it was nothing serious. However, the air outside was even more pleasant than before we entered the building. The temps were in the fifties today with few high clouds. We're just about far enough south to consider donning shorts... sounds good doesn't it. I mean to wear OUTSIDE! Very few cases or frostbite down her that I've heard of. Remember, if you click on the pictures below, you can see them in greater detail. We love you guys!
We started the day this AM in Camp Verde itself, at the Fort Verde Historical Park. It was closed until Thursday. We peeked in a few windows at some "old stuff" and took a two-lap fitness walk around the drill field of the fort. A minor disappointment on a beautiful day which warmed into the fifties. No clouds to speak of. Then we traveled to the Dead Horse Ranch State Park. It's more of a campground than anything. We did find an "interpretative" trail near where we parked, but the only thing we could interpret was the hidden mud which grabbed our feet and remained steadfastly attached. Tried to wash it off, but it still remains in part. Onward! We decided to continue on to Clarkdale, AZ and visit the Tizigoot National Monument. Here, the Sinagua people established a dwelling of many rooms atop a prominence near a marshland and the Verde river. It also was inhabited until the thirteenth century and mysteriously abandoned. The photos give you an idea of the layout of the building