Exploring Indian Ruins (Off the beaten path)
Learning so much about the 7 vortexes in the Sedona area and the 7 vortex areas around the world. Sedona is a hot bed of spiritual retreats and awakening. People pay thousands of dollars to find their inner souls and release from stress and past hang-ups.
I headed back up the road about an 1/8 of a mile and found a small parking area right off of the highway with two vehicles parked (always a good sign indicating hikers or other explorers). And there, a small sign attached to the fence indicating that this was an historical area containing Native Indian ruins.
I grabbed my water, camera and binoculars climbed through the fence and headed on up the path. And I do mean UP the path, as it started to ascend the desert terrain almost immediately. Crossing a dry wash, the path was well defined for the first leg of the journey, but as I continued to ascend the hill, it became rougher, more rocks and rubble and steeper with each step I took. Three people were indeed ahead of me and much higher on the cliff which gave me encouragement to just keep on climbing.
As I began exploring the site and meeting the other hikers, their guide (a forest worker on his day off) was pointing out the deep wells in many of the caves, a small ear of corn about the size of your baby finger, easily 800 years old, thin cut stones that were probably used as knives, fitting perfectly into ones hand. The walls and ceilings were heavily blackened with smoke from the many camp fires that were burning inside of these cliff dwellings. Outside, the breathtaking views of Verde Valley stretched out below us and as I walked below the cliff dwellings I came across hundreds of pot shards. More than likely pots would have been thrown out below the cliff dwellings after they developed a crack or had broken in use.
I’ve posted some pics of the Indian ruins on Picasa.
I have one more day of work camping (Friday) and then I drive down to Tucson for my Winter stay at Desert Trails Rv Park.