We drove 125 miles north today to Sedona.  Along the way we stopped to see Montezuma’s castle…a five store 20 room domicile carved into the limestone rocks by Native American Indians in the 13th-14th century. 

Montezuma’s Castle
Cross section of the castle

The community consisted of 1500 Native Americans.  If you look closely below the castle, you can see tunnels, hallways, and windows of neighboring rooms for other homes in the rock.  Over time, the limestone has become crumbly and brittle, and in 1952, they no longer let the public walk through. 

Our next stop was to the beautiful little city of Sedona.  It’s population is 10,000, increasing about 1% per year. 75% of the people work in the tourism industry in this quaint resort town filled with art galleries, restaurants and gift shops.  People settled in this area for the 5 C’s – copper, cattle, citrus, cotton, and climate. 

Sedona’s main attraction is its array of beautiful, red sandstone formations. They are just too huge to fit in my camera, and photos just don’t do justice to convey the scale and sheer magnitude of these mountains. The formations appear to glow in brilliant orange and red when illuminated by the rising or setting sun. The red rocks form a backdrop for many outdoor adventures like hiking and mountain biking trails.  They say there is an invisible spiritual vortex running through the the city which makes it a place for many spiritual retreats.  Can you imagine looking out your family room window and waking to this view every morning?!  It is truly breathtaking beauty. 

Snoopy Rock – can you see him lying on his back?


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