Monday, September 1, 2008
Yes, my hubby said he wanted to see the Grand Canyon before he sees the pearly gates! Hopefully not soon, turning 60 makes you think more about what's ahead. The canyon as many of said is unbelievable. The beauty is beyond what you see in photos or paintings. We fell in love with the canyon, and the many miraculous sites of Az: Montezuma's castle and Tuzigoot ruins, a 50,000 yr old meteor crater, gorgeous red rocks of Sedona and of course my favorite the lovely and quaint town of Jerome. All within no more than an hr from the canyon. Jerome is the largest ghost town in the US. If you like history you will love this town. Many of the buildings have remained the same, maybe some remodeling in a handful of businesses. For the most part the structures are very similar to the roaring copper mining days of the 1800's and the hilly streets m the uniqueness of Jerome's history. While wondering around the two main streets I surprisingly fell upon the most wonderful knitting shop called 'Knit One Bead One' in a GHOST TOWN! I understand they have two yarn shops and the population is only 300! Must be an awful lot of knitting tourists.... If you are traveling this area, Jerome is a must. It is seldom mentioned in the commercialized pamphlets of Sedona but it is the best kept secret for tourists to see. Only the locals at the Montezuma's castle told me about Jerome. In the spring we will be going there again to see the Petrified Forests and do maybe even a jeep ride to the bottom of the canyon for more wonderful shots of one of the most beautiful and amazing sites in the world. Once to the canyon, you'll find that English is less spoken: you'll hear many languages of folks that come from all around the world. Baudelaire toe up socks by Cookie a went on the trip too, never traveling without a portable sock project!