Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

We’re in the West!


Sometimes when you’re off exploring you get so overwhelmed with new sights that you just don’t know where to start. And that’s where I am right now.

On a drive up toward Roosevelt Lake north of Phoenix.

We’re in Arizona. Well, technically right this minute we’re in Colorado, but I have to get you caught up, and that means starting in Arizona. The images here are from the end of last week, starting in the Phoenix area where we visited friends.

Roosevelt Lake, on a beautiful sunny day.

We took a drive north of Phoenix, up toward Roosevelt Lake, driving through all sorts of terrain. The lake was beautiful, but the most beautiful that trip was this bridge.

Such a perfect reflection!

I liked that the ducks were swimming and messing up the glassy surface of the lake too.

A duck swims through the reflection.

After we visited for a couple days, we headed north for some exploring. We stopped at Montezuma’s castle, in Camp Verde, Arizona, where down a short walkway you could see the cliff dwelling sitting high up in the white stone. This dwelling was built and lived in by people from about 1100 to 1425.

Montezuma’s Castle, a cliff dwelling set along a beautiful river.

Then we traveled a few miles to Tuzigoot National Monument, another Indian ruin, this one sitting high on a hill.

Way up on that hill is the ruin of another Indian community.

We had perfect weather to explore the stone structure…

Lots of rooms in this multi-layered structure.

…and enjoy the views.

Long vistas, and no snow!

And finally, that day, we visited Montezuma’s well, a small lake that is fed fresh water from deep in the earth beneath the pond. Centuries ago it was a special place for gathering of the Indians from all over the region.

Fresh water coming up from the bottom, leaches out through the rock into a river below.

We were lucky enough to talk with a young man there whose people used to come there to pray and dance. He says they still do during certain times of the year.

There were cliff dwellings at the well too.

Since then we’ve seen a sunset in the desert, visited the Petrified Forest over the span of two days, wandered in the painted desert and crossed into Colorado.

Just can’t wait to get on the road again.

Oh and we spent one night in Winslow Arizona….had to get the iconic picture of that!

“Standin on a corner in Winslow Arizona…”

I haven’t even looked at the past two days worth of pictures, much less picked out some for you…but I will. We’ve seen some spectacular scenery and you’re not going to want to miss it!

Stay tuned.

Iconic Arizona

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

31 thoughts on “We’re in the West!

  1. Oh girl, you are bringing me all kinds of pleasant memories. Thank you. I’m just not done there… in Arizona.


  2. It seems that this trip was worth the wait!


  3. Wow! Looks like you’re having a fantastic trip!


  4. Welcome to the west. I’m sad I missed you in the Phoenix area. I’ve never been to Roosevelt lake, sure looks pretty.


  5. Gorgeous photos. I cannot imagine seeing in person anything this blue and vast and clear. Plus Winslow AZ for the win. 🎶 Thanks for taking us along on your trip.


  6. Your photos are stunning, Dawn. I especially like the one of the bridge at Roosevelt Lake. Enjoy your travels…and send more pics!


  7. These are beautiful, Dawn. I’ve been to Colorado–not Arizona–and was so distracted by the scenery–and I was driving! The mountains are wonderful–which is something I really appreciate being here in flat Florida!


  8. I love your pictures, mainly because I love the west! Thanks for sharing. Wish I could be there, too.


  9. Glad you enjoyed Arizona! It really is a beautiful state. It is fun to see it through a visitor’s eyes. 🙂


  10. Wow! When you said west, you really meant West! I hope to someday get out and see some of these sights myself but in the meantime, I will enjoy traveling vicariously through your words and images. Love that bridge shot (ducks, too). 🙂


  11. Obviously I missed a post somewhere along the line but so glad you came west. You have talked about coming this way — or west — in previous posts. Happy travels. Love the photos, as usual.


  12. Oh, wow, these are gorgeous! I especially love that bridge and its reflection. You’re so fortunate to be away from the snow and cold for a few days — enjoy your stay … safely!!


  13. I love travelling with you!!!


  14. Love the Anasazi ruins. One day I’ll visit in person!


  15. Love my Arizona! You have shared many of the places I love! Well done!
    Please come back now, ya hear! 😄


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