When I loaded up the truck in Flagstaff yesterday there was frost on the cover and the windshield! I was chilly enough with short sleeves and a fleece jacket that I considered a sweatshirt as well as gloves-decided I'd be warm enough as soon as I was in the truck with the heater going. After breakfast I headed south to Turzigoot National Monument, a later period than the ones I've seen before, I've started to be able to pick out the differences in construction (a history nerd here). There is a whole line of these hilltop ruins, I think he said a mile and a tenth apart you could see one from the top, built on hills to preserve valuable bottom land for crops and to keep above the worst of the mosquitoes. Just a couple of photos-you'll notice that there are no doorways here, all rooms were accessed through a hole in the roof and a wooden ladder. No windows either, but they lived most of their lives outside. All these sites were occupied for 200-300 years.
After that I traveled on to Montezuma's Castle National Monument. Steve has often talked about this one and it is stunning.
By this time I had long ago shed the jacket and have worked up a sweat-the air conditioning goes on in the truck!
I intended to visit one last set of ruins-Casa Grande National Monument but somewhere between Phoenix and Casa Grande I had had enough. (Sure wish that had happened a bit sooner so I could have taken some cut offs.) I headed west on Interstate 8 through the desert-it was hot. After a boring 3 hours-not even radio out there-I arrived in Yuma, AZ for the night.
I crashed, and crashed hard didn't get up until 8 am this morning! I really didn't care though as I had only a three hour drive into San Diego. Yuma is very close to the California border and the border with Mexico so I had three checkpoints to pass. First, going into California they stop you and ask if you have fruit, vegetables, pets etc as they are trying to prevent hitch-hiking bugs etc from threatening their farm industry. Then there were two Border patrol checkpoints-many illegal immigrants try that border so there is a huge border patrol presence. Arrive in San Diego in time for lunch with Steve, Candice and Nora, tired. I know for sure that I will not drive this again, there is just so much space between things! I really do not like the desert so Arizona has joined Texas and Oklahoma as a "fly over" state. (If you just love those places, sorry.)