Saturday, March 01, 2008

Camp Verde Adventure - Day 1 and 2

We saw such a green desert on our trip to Camp Verde yesterday. The desert north of Phoenix was a velvety green, with some wildflowers emerging. As we got to the higher desert elevations, however, the foliage was its Winter colors and most of the deciduous trees were still barren. Our RV park for the week is by a stream that is running fast due to snow melt and is in a grove of Sycamore trees. Sycamores have white bark and they are still with no leaves.

This morning we chose a forest road that would lead us to the V Bar V petroglyph site. There were quite a few streams that had water running fast and deep. For those familiar with the I-17 Interstate to Flagstaff, you cross over Wet Beaver Creek, only I have never seen any water in this. Well, today it was running swiftly and deeply with water. The petroglyph site required a half-mile hike in and out, but was not a bad trail. Got some exercise! There were many petroglyphs on this cliff face, some we had not encountered before. I am showing one photo of this site, these were either cranes or herons and there were a few different astrological symbols than we have seen elsewhere.

On the way back we stopped at a creek that I neglected to find the name of and the creek had nice quiet pools and at places the water ran through deep red rock slabs. I am showing two views of this interesting creek.

We will explore the old part of Cottonwood tomorrow. The weather has been beautiful so far. Talk to you then.

1 comment:

RHCarpenter said...

Susan, I enjoy sharing your photos of your trips - I see more paintings coming from these!