We wanted to take another day off and visit some more ruins & heritage sites in the area so we could learn more about the ancient people in the area, their lifestyles and where they lived. This will help both of us in our work environment at Palatki. Here is what we visited and learned today:
V-V (V bar V) - This small sister site of Palatki has a wonderful HUGE rock art wall that portrays the Sinagua people. We met the site hosts, and had a great time sharing stories with them as they do the same things we do at their site. At the Petroglyph Wall, Patrick did a wonderful job explaining everything, and we especially loved how the ancient people kept their calendars for farming. This solar calendar captures the sun's rays at just the right point during solstices!
Montezuma Well - This is a limestone sinkhole that was formed a long time ago. It is still fed by continuously flowing springs, and the irrigation from this well still travels to farmers in the area. The Southern-Sinagua lived here between 1125 and 1400 AD. They irrigated their crops a mile away.
Montezuma Castle - Southern Sinagua farmers build this 5-story, 20-room dwelling around 1100-1300 AD. Scientists first named it Montezuma because they thought it once belonged to the Aztec. Since then, dating and imagery discovery proved that this dwelling belonged merely to the Sinagua. The Forest Service has also rebuild parts of this building to keep it stable. The little holes in the cliff are called cavates and probably housed up to 200 people in its prime! There is a river just below their dwelling and fertile grounds nearby. We believe that the Sinagua people that once lived at Palatki moved here because they had no water at Palatki. We were even able to take Pica on this walk as a Bark Ranger! :-)
Tuzigoot - Means "crooked water" in Apache. This is the remnants of the Southern Sinagua people. The village was built between 1000-1400, and it is believed that some of the Sinagua from Palatki moved here as well. There were 87 ground-floor rooms, and people entered their home through ladders in the roof.
Lastly, more images of tonight's sunset at Palatki.
Before heading out for the day of sightseeing, Mark filled in as Docent for one tour because they were short-handed. It gave me an opportunity to take some photos of him doing what he LOVES to do; teaching others. Here are some photos of Mark's tour and some beautiful views of Sedona.
Honanki Heritage Site is Palatki's sister site. However, the archeologists have only found proof of the Sinagua people being there and no prior archaic people like they did at Palatki. Even though the archeologists documented over 1200 pictograph images, they do not study it anymore because of all the graffiti has covered up much of the history in a few short years. You can still see the pictographs and the dwelling very well, but because of this, the site is open to visitors without a docent and no reservations are required.
Here are photos of Honanki Heritage Site....
The Chapel of the Holy Cross has been an icon of Sedona since 1956. It has been on our "to-see" list for a while, and it does indeed have a gorgeous view of the valley and nearby mountains! If you plan a visit here, know that the parking spots are pretty small.
Last but not least, is some extra photos around Palatki. Some views from the grotto, along with sunset views and some animals we caught on our night camera. It was a Mule Deer and Hooded Skunk.
Both of us couples spent the day learning the Palatki sites and the stories behind the inhabitants here. It was a whirlwind day full of very useful information. Our official day to work begins tomorrow. Just hope we can learn all the quickly! :-)
Enjoy more photos of our home for 3 months and Palatki Heritage site!
We have finally arrived to the volunteer position we accepted back in Feb 2020! We could only imagine what this place was like, as we have never been to Sedona before.. The beauty definitely did NOT disappoint!
We received an escort from our new boss, and after a 7-mile rocky & gravel road, we finally pulled up to our new 3-month home. After setting up, we were given a tour of the archeology sites as well as the visitor center. We were given our uniforms & badges, and now have a few days to relax before getting to work with our training. The 2nd couple will be arriving tomorrow.
For now, all we know is that I (Jeanette) will be managing the visitor center/museum while answering phones, taking reservations, and giving the tour groups a short introduction and sending them down the path to the site where the docents await. Mark will be working as one of the docents in either the Cliff Dwelling site or the Pictograph Grotto, and giving visitors the information about the archeological sites. As on-site hosts, we will also be protecting the sites, cleaning the area, and getting things ready each morning for the visitors. Since there is another couple working with us, we will work W-Sa, and they will be working Su-W.
On our 3 days off, we hope to visit a LOT of attractions in the area, and get a real good idea of what Sedona is all about.
For now, we have a few days to relax before our training session begins. Enjoy the first pics of our travel and our new 3-month home! :-)
It was great to finally arrive into our winter home state - - where we'll be for the main part of the winter. We love it out here because of the dry climates, and beautiful hills and mountains. This trip was no different.
We were in a good position to see Meteor Crater, Petrified National Park and Winslow, AZ, so we did. I must say that Petrified Forest was stunning! There's no many park you can go to see the Badlands, Ruins, Petrified Rock and Petroglyphs all in one!
Meteor Crater was also spectacular. A lot of people say it's just a hole in the wall, but it was much more to us. It was great to see how the impact of the meteorite traveled, and what a large hole it left for such a small little particle. Anyway, BOTH of these are with the visit!
We also stopped in Winslow on our way through, and when this happens, we really must "stand on the corner" as in the Eagles song. We did much more than that, and Winslow was a great little town to visit!
Stay Details: Homolovi State Park - Site 14
Notes: This park has options for electric or water only. We chose water only, as we were staying 2 nights. The park is home of runs from the Navajo people, and it was also home to about a dozen free ranging donkeys.
Visiting Albuquerque was pretty exciting, especially for Mark. Mark lived here when he was young, so we went to see his old house, run around town and see the sights.
Night 1, we drove up to the Sandia peak for some sightseeing. How awesome to see the views and the mule deer!
Day 2, we headed to his old house, school, and saw the hospital where mom worked. We also went to dinner at El Pinto, and the ambiance there was pretty cool! Finally, we went to his old candy store where he bought swizzle sticks for 10 cents each! They are 2.99 now, whoa!
We also toured some Native American ruins in the area which gave us some more really pretty views.
Stay Details: Hidden Valley Ranch; Albuquerque, NM
Notes: This RV park was really tight together, so we didn't feel like spending time outside at all. At the base of our steps was a railroad tie that separated our site from the neighbors, and it was about 2' to the neighbors hoses and sewer lines. The people were nice, cell service was good, but just know that you will not have a lot of room here. However, it was a great place to park close to Albuquerque, so we didn't have to drive far.
Took a 7-hr trip from Oklahoma City to San Jon, NM.. Wow is I-40 BORING! However, there a plenty of windmills, as far as the eye can see! And hey.. While we're on a boring road, we may as well have some fun with Route 66 nostalgia, right? :-)
The Britten Leaning Water Tower: Who know, this looks unsafe to me!
Bates Motel Sign: I don't know what this is all about. It's not the original motel, nor is it where the Psycho movie was filmed. Found out that somebody put up this sign for art work.. Well, it gets a LOT of visitors! LOL!
Cadillac Ranch: Seriously.. a farmer put a lot of old Cadillacs in the ground and let people come to paint them. Has gotten a LOT of visitors over the years and is actually quite interesting!
The Cowboy: Who knows, it's just a Route 66 icon.. Ha!
Finally made it to New Mexico! Woot Woot!! Now things will get fun! For now though, it's time to rest our backs..
Stay Details: San Jon Village Park: This is a cute little park in the middle of no-where that allows people to stay overnight at their park. The spots have a picnic table, and the park has bathrooms and a garbage bin. The back field belongs to a school and houses a baseball field. When we arrived, we were there with one other class-A motorhome. By nightfall, 4 others had joined us in the park. Did I mention this is FREE??
Took a day trip to some fun sites just west of Oklahoma City.
𝐄𝐱𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐂𝐥𝐲𝐝𝐞𝐬𝐝𝐚𝐥𝐞𝐬: The icon of Express Employment, this is the farm that raises the Clydesdales and Percherons.
𝐋𝐮𝐜𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐞'𝐬 𝐨𝐧 𝐑𝐨𝐮𝐭𝐞 𝟔𝟔: This restaurant was built as a replica of the original gas station just down the road. The food wasn't very good, but the nastalgia was pretty cool!
𝐑𝐞𝐝 𝐑𝐨𝐜𝐤 𝐂𝐚𝐧𝐲𝐨𝐧: Then a quick hike in the canyon's Horsetail trail.
𝑇𝑜𝑚𝑜𝑟𝑟𝑜𝑤, 𝑜𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑟𝑜𝑢𝑔ℎ 𝑇𝑋 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑖𝑛 𝑡𝑜 𝑁𝑀.
WOW! What a wonderful & eventful week to this fantastic project! We have become very good friends with the maintenance staff at the ranch, and we have worked extra hard to make sure they have what they need done. We have had devotions with these guys every morning, and have come to know them, their families, and their prayer needs. How awesome that New Life Ranch has these people to work with them, and we have been very Blessed to get to know everyone.
Anyway, this week we just finished up our projects. The men continued to work on finishing the stain on the chapel, as well as re-structuring the sound booth. Mark also joined me with painting needs at one of the staff houses, and Katie & Ann finished up sewing curtains, then later joined us with painting in the house.
We were offered a trail ride this week too, so we took one! Wow I forgot how tired I'd be afterwards, but we had a wonderful time! Thank you NLR!
We also invited our host boss (and family) over for dinner and science!
Of course we couldn't leave without our group photos, so we all had a last evening of fun & fellowship together before heading our separate ways.
New Life Ranch is an AWESOME place, full of wonderful people, TONS of activities, and beautiful modern structures. If you have a child to send to camp, want to hold a retreat; wedding; or have any special group event, I would HIGHLY suggest giving them a call!
During our 2nd week at New Life Ranch, we completed a variety of tasks in order to get the needs met for the camp. The chapel was being used this week, so the men worked on spray washing and staining the staff housing. I (Jeanette) masked up the windows, then began painting the doors inside the horse barn. Mark began mudding some drywall inside the staff housing, then helped me with painting. The other two ladies continued working on mending & altering curtains for housing throughout the ranch.
A major storm didn't keep us down, and through prayer and faith God would keep us safe, the tornadoes moved north and south of us. We were safe in the shelter watching the beautiful displays of lightning while the storm passed.
The rest of the pictures below are of the ranch itself and some of its beautiful amenities.
Now on to our last week here and to finish up some of the larger projects! :-)
** Thank you Burneall Ekberg for some of the photos..