We took a trip up into the mountains north into Sedona. It was such a pretty ride.
It was actually surprisingly chilly. After being baked by 100 degree heat it was a bit of a surprise as I didn't really pack cool-weather gear. Plus, we couldn't find anything on the road to buy much heavier than a t-shirt.
We stopped at Montezuma's Castle, a national monument. Centuries ago, native farmers build their homes up in the limestone cliffs. They mysteriously disappeared in the 14th century, but these amazing cliff-homes still exist.
They made their way up into the layered apartments with a series of ladders. No one knows exactly why they built vertically and precariously on these cliffs, but they took advantage of the natural caves already in the limestone to expand their dwellings.
Along with pottery and bronze-age tools, archeologist have found drop spindles on site.
People living vertically in tiny vertiginous dwellings who spun their own yarns. It seemed a bit like home to me.
We made it to Sedona just as these gorgeous dramatic clouds rolled in:
Wow. Just wow.