Saturday, February 27, 2010

Montezuma's Well and Montezuma's Castle

Montezuma's Well

Montezuma's Castle

We had an absolutely wonderful visit to Montezuma's Well and Montezuma's Castle. 

We headed up I-17N out of Phoenix.  The traffic was awful.  Tons of construction, too.  We drove our van and left our camper behind.  Thank goodness, it would of been a long trip if we had pulled it behind. 

Montezuma's Castle is a great place to visit.  It is about 2 hrs north of Phoenix, maybe less depending on where exactly you are.

We enjoyed the Visitor's Center where my kids got their Junior Ranger program.  They have a wonderful workbook for all ages.  There was even a little check off sheet for my two year old.  She had to look for different animals, plants, etc.

Enjoying a talk with the Park Ranger at Montezuma's Castle.  We got to scrape cactus leaves to make a twine and rope.  Gabriel loved doing the activity.

Naomi had her Josephina Amerian Girl doll along

The adobe castle is beautiful.  It sits back in a very high cliff.  The natives had to climb ladders to get in.
I especially enjoyed the river that flowed in the valley under the adobe homes.  My heart is refreshed everytime we visit one of our countries many beautiful waterways.

As we were leaving the castle, the Park Ranger came up to me and commented on how happy he was that we stayed a long time.  He said most people see it in half an hour, but we spent closer to two hours!

For us, we typically like to go slow.  I would rather really enjoy a sight then go super fast and see a little of a bunch of places.

Montezuma's Well

After leaving there, we went to Montezuma's Well, which is our favorite place of the two.  There were less people and it is more remote.  The Park Ranger there told us they had seen a mountain lion right where our van was parked, not too long ago.  It was a good reminder that those terrible and stately animals roam that land.  I kept my eyes open.  I looked up above us to make sure none were in the trees over us.

The water canals built by the Indians are stunning.  The water is also quite warm.  We did a lot of hiking and picture taking.  We truly enjoyed our day.

1 comment:

  1. I so enjoy reading about all the interesting, fun, awesome and wacky adventures you are having, knowing our Lord Jesus is guiding, protecting and working through you. I truly love all the pictures of my sweet, beautiful grandchildren and son and daughter-in-love too.


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