Good morning everyone. This is Nancy from Sunny and Hot Arizona. We are in the beginning stages of the monsoon season here. The days are very hot and humid. This past week we got rain almost every day. What a blessing, since we don't get too much rain any other time of the year. It has been wonderful to have the wet stuff.
I am going to take a little different twist on our site seeing of places around the world.
Arizona is rich in Indian history. So, I would like to share with you some of the Indian sites that are fairly close to my home.
JUST PAST CAMP VERDE, ARIZONA
Gaze through the windows of the past into one of the best preserved cliff dwellings in North America. This 20 room high-rise apartment, nestled into a towering limestone cliff, tells a 1,000 year-old story of ingenuity and survival in an unforgiving desert landscape.
OAK CREEK CANYON
Oak Creek Canyon is about 12 miles (19.2 km) long and ranges in width from 0.8 to 2.5 miles (1.3 to 4 km). The depth of the canyon ranges from 800-2,000 feet (240 to 600 meters). However, due to the faulting that played a major role in the formation of Oak Creek Canyon, the west rim of the canyon is 700 feet (210 meters) higher than the east rim. The average elevation of the west rim is 7,200 feet (2,160 meters) while the east rim elevation is 6,500 feet (1,950 m)
Oak Creek, a tributary of the Verde River, flows along the bottom of the canyon and is one of the few perennial streams in the high desert region of northern Arizona. Oak Creek is largely responsible for carving the modern Oak Creek Canyon although movement along the Oak Creek Fault, a 30 mile (48 km) long north-south normal fault line, is thought to have played a role as well.
The waters of Oak Creek were what first attracted settlers and Native peoples to this area, and today this stream still lures visitors to Sedona -- especially in summer, when the cool shade and even cooler creek waters are a glorious respite from the heat of the desert. Two of Arizona's finest swimming holes are located on Oak Creek only a few miles from Sedona, and one of these, Slide Rock, has been made into a state park.
There is not a town anywhere in the Southwest, perhaps anywhere in the country, with a more beautiful setting than Sedona. On the outskirts of town, red-rock buttes, eroded canyon walls, and mesas rise into cerulean skies. Off in the distance, the Mogollon Rim looms, its forests of juniper and ponderosa pine dark against the rocks. With a wide band of rosy sandstone predominating in this area, Sedona has come to be known as red-rock country, and each evening at sunset, the rocks put on an unforgettable light show that is reason enough for a visit.
Read more: http://www.frommers.com/destinations/sedona/1926010001.html#ixzz1R9Frbhry
HAVASUPIEat the bottom of the Grand Canyon.
There is an indian tribe (Havasupie Tribe) that live at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. You can hike down to the bottom of the canyon or ride a mule on a narrow trail. Here is a link to learn more about the falls.
Montezuma's Well is a sinkhole, a collapsed underground limestone cavern filled with water. More than a million gallons of water a day flow continuously, providing a lush, verdant oasis in the midst of surrounding desert grassland. Montezuma's Well is 368 feet across and 55 feet deep; it sits at an elevation of 3,618 feet.
Tuzigoot is a small national monument, one of several sites south of Flagstaff where the remains of dwellings of the 12th century Sinagua Indians are preserved. Unlike the single cliff house of Montezuma Castle 20 miles southeast, Tuzigoot comprises a cluster of buildings, on top of a small sandstone ridge close to the Verde River valley near the towns of Clarkdale and Cottonwood. The approach road off Hwy 260 is badly sign-posted and a little difficult to find; it does however pass through an expanse of reeds and bushes around the wide, sandy river bed, crosses a field and then climbs a short distance to the site of the monument. The river plain is home to several unusual species of birds, including the great horned owl.
I hope you have enjoyed our little tour in my part of the world.
It's time to announce the Grand Prize winner and Top Three for last week's sketch challenge #109. Drum roll please.....
The Grand Prize Winner is:
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And the Top Three are:
#1: KELLY (#17)
#2: HELEN (#11)
#3. RITA BANKA PODDAR (#15)
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We have a wonderful sketch this week for SSW110-32. The 32 means it was sketch #32 in the past and we are using it again. Our wonderful sponsor Gerda is from STAMP FAIRY. Take a look....isn't this a great sketch and it's wonderful to work with. Our GRAND PRIZE WINNER will receive (4) four digis of thier choice.
LINDA-THE STAMPERS TOUCH
SHARON-INLINED TO STAMP
PATTI-PATTI'S PAPER CREATIONS
KATHIE- KATHIE'Z KARDZ
NANCY- MULBERRY STATION
To play along this week, it' simple:
1. Create a card using the sketch of the week. You may use any stamp or element you have to create your card, however, if you have any STAMP FAIRY, we'd love to see what you do with them.
2. If posting to an on-line gallery, please use Sweet Sketch #110-32.
3. Add a link on your blog to Sweet Sketch Wednesday.
4. Post your card along with the link.
5. Sign in to Inlinkz and add a direct link back to your site.
6. Be sure to LEAVE A COMMENT HERE AS WE LOVE HEARING FROM YOU. YOU MUST DO THIS TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THE GRAND PRIZE.
The most important thing of all is to have fun and enjoy your crafting.
Have a wonderful week and thank you for joining us! Nancy