June 17, 2012

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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Because we only had a short distance to travel today we did not rush to leave; however, while preparing to leave several of the other campers came by to inquire about our travels from Florida. This is one of the advantages of camping, you get to chat with a lot of different people, and in fact one of them was from Daytona Beach.  Our travels today took us east on I-40, then south on I-17 west on AZ Rt. 260 to the town of Cottonwood and Verde Valley RV Resort.  The Trip started off through beautiful Ponderosa Pine forests at an elevation of over 7,000 feet but as the elevation changed so did the vegetation, and eventually on the valley floor at 3,000 feet where the temperature was much hotter the vegetation was much smaller and not as dense.   On the trip over we stopped at Walnut Canyon National Monument, but because of it being Father's day the park was crowded and there was no parking available for us towing the camper, so we had to leave.  Verde Valley RV Resort is a "Thousand Trails" resort that accepts “Passport America” discount camping, this was fortunate for us as the campground is tucked away from the highway in a valley along the river bank, there are spacious campsites, a swimming pool and many trees, it is a beautiful campground.  We plan on staying here for several days, using this campground as a base to explore the area, including the city of Sedona.  After setting up the camper we set out to explore the city of Cottonwood, and to visit the “Tuzigoot National Monument”.  Tuzigoot is the reconstruction of the stone homes, or pueblos, of a prehistoric culture that lived in the valley for about 400 years from 1125 to the early 1400s. 

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