|We woke up to another sunny morning and decided to have our breakfast on the deck. By 11 a.m. we were on our way to Tuzigoot National Monument. This is a remnant of a Sinagua village built between 1125 and 1400. The artifacts that have been recovered were on display in the museum and they were fascinating. I wish I could tell you all that we learned about these Native Americans and their mysterious disappearance but honestly it would end up being a long history lesson.
From Tuzigoot - which is Apache for "crooked water" - we drove to the hillside town of Jerome and lunched in the Jerome Grand Hotel. This building was a hospital in 1927 and abandoned in the early 1950's. After being closed for 44 years an ongoing restoration is underway. We lunched at the Asylum Restaurant inside the hotel. The food was delicious and filling!. We really needed to walk off some of those calories.
The Jerome Ghost Town is really more like the Jerome Junkyard. There were abandoned cars, trucks, and assorted crap everywhere. Chickens, turkeys, a rabbit, and peahens were running around the grounds. The signs scattered throughout were quite humorous as were some of the antics of the resident burro.
Down the copper laden hill we went - hope the green is evident in the photo. In town we stopped at the Jerome Winery ( not very good), and several gift shops. My sister Maria found a gorgeous bowl and arranged to have it shipped to her home in the Berkshires. What a fabulous souvenir. I hope it always reminds her of the wonderful week we shared together in Sedona .
Tomorrow we leave early in the morning to deliver Maria and Vito to the Phoenix airport. All good things must come to an end!