|Driving near Tuzigoot|
|Sedona near Chapel of the Holy Cross|
In many ways I prefer Sedona to the Grand Canyon. The rock formations extend up above car level, not below like the Canyon. The colors are more vibrant. The formations lend themselves to imagination. They are named by what people thought they looked like: Bell Rock, Snoopy Rock, Coffeepot Rock, etc. The colors change a lot as the sun moves. The color contrast between the bright blue sky, the green scrub brush and the red rock is breath taking.
|Montezuma Well: a self sustaining well with a constant spring in the bottom, middle. Two Native American groups consider it their source of origin.|
Tuzigoot is a derivative of Tuzighoot which means crooked water in an Apache language, named for the creek that runs nearby. Tuzigoot (with a different emphasis) means nothing in any language. There was a reference at most National monuments in this area to the Sin Agua Indians. That name comes from a Spanish explorers name for the hills nearby, Sierra Sin Agua, though most historians now recognize that there were never a people who referred to themselves or were referred to by others as the Sinaguas. Montezuma, of course, was never in Arizona but the inital discovery team thought that both the well and castle may have been part of the Aztec empire ruled over by Montezuma. Hey, it was the 1800's, no google back then. There were again references to the Sinaguas at MC and MW.
|Old World Brewery sampler. The Season was Yard Dog - a sour version of the Dark Knight Porter.|
Final thoughts on the trip:
It proved to be a very good, potentially important step in my still budding relationship with 25. We got along through navigation snafus, nights of very short sleep, familial trials and lots of time together. We stayed near our loosely outlined budget, neither left the other on the side of a road, and, speaking only for myself, I enjoyed my time immensely for the historical aspects, the romantic possibilities and the breathtaking scenery.