Verde Valley (Victoria Oldham)

First things first, we visit the Camp Verde tourist information bureau. It is located in a 100 year old grammar school. We tour the collection of local ephemera and artifacts. But most of all, we ask: where are the easy hiking trails in the Verde Valley and Sedona…

We visit the 1933 jail, restored in 2010 with 2,000 volunteer hours!

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Roger is still waiting for fuel filters for the car so we have no choice but to continue our walking tour of the historic village. Quite unexpectedly, we come upon…the Red Star Saloon. It housed the town’s first pay phone which had slots for nickels, dimes and quarters. Luckily for us, it is now a great Italian restaurant lol We must return!

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We then visit Montezuma Castle National Monument. At the entrance, we stop to see the Exodus Monument. In 1875, the Yavapai and Apache people who had resided in Arizona for centuries were forced to walk 180 miles to a reservation. During this sad and silent procession, one old man placed his wife in a basket so she could survive…

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The monument honors the strength of the human spirit!

When you visit Montezuma Castle, you have to imagine life in the 700’s. The Sinagua farmers farmed the land but their dwellings at 1300 ft elevation, overlooked their crop fields in the bottomlands.

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Then I try to take another panoramic view lol

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The paths offer information on many native plants like the sycamore tree with its white bark. Its seasoned logs can last for centuries…

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Back at our campsite, we take another walk…

Dummies

Yolande has an interesting conversation with our neighbours lol

Then, we sit and watch the sun go down… Well Norm is still looking for the UFO…😊

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